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Peatlands – guidance for climate change mitigation through conservation, rehabilitation and sustainable use







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    Peatlands
    guidance for climate change mitigation through conservation, rehabilitation and sustainable use
    2012
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    Peatland drainage - mainly for agriculture, grazing and forestry - and peat fires are responsible for almost one quarter of carbon emissions from the land use sector. Peatlands and organic soils contain 30 percent of the world’s soil carbon but only cover 3 percent of the Earth’s land area. Peatlands provide many important ecosystem services, including water regulation, biodiversity conservation, and carbon sequestration and storage. Through conservation, restoration and better management, org anic soils and peatlands can make a substantial contribution to reducing atmospheric greenhouse gas concentrations. This report provides information on management and finance options to achieve emissions reductions and enhance other vital ecosystem services from peatlands. A decision support tree guides users through potential options for the management of both cultivated and uncultivated peatlands. The report also summarizes the methodologies and data available for quantifying greenhouse gas emissions from peatlands and organic soils
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    Assessing, Measuring and Preserving Peat Carbon through the Global Peatlands Initiative (GPI) - EP/GLO/909/UEP 2023
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    Drained, degraded or otherwise unsustainably managed peatlands contribute significantly to greenhouse gas emissions. This project, under the umbrella of the Global Peatlands Initiative (GPI), was designed to support sustainable peatland management in four key tropical peatland countries (i.e. the Congo, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Indonesia and Peru) through capacity development and the inclusion of peatlands in key national action plans and strategies. The project was implemented by FAO, the Greifswald Mire Centre (GMC) and the United Nations Environment Programme(UNEP).
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    Peatlands and climate planning
    Part 1: Peatlands and climate commitments
    2022
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    Peatlands contain huge carbon stocks yet they cover only 3 percent of the world’s land area. Improved peatland management provides climate change mitigation and adaptation opportunities. Peatland conservation and restoration also secures ecosystem services that support adaptive capacity and resilience. This brief is part of the Global Peatlands Initiative’s work to support national governments in the process of enhancing their climate commitments, such as the nationally determined contributions as well as the long-term strategies through the inclusion of climate action on peatlands. Including peatlands under various sectors’ emission reduction and adaptation targets, such as in the agriculture, forestry and other land use sector, the energy sector, can greatly contribute to reaching the goals set under the Paris Agreement. This is the first of a package of products to inform key stakeholders on practical and applicable means. The authors aim to motivate national agencies to include peatland considerations into national legislative, regulatory, planning and monitoring processes to ensure climate action implementation on these ecosystems.

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