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    Peatland Restoration and Sustainable Grazing in Brandenburg
    Brandenburg, Germany (52°09’53.27“N,13°35’10.09“E)
    2015
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    From 2010–2015, Naturschutzfonds Brandenburg is implementing the LIFE Nature Project ‘Alkaline Fens in Brandenburg’. Through this project, Naturschutzfonds Brandenburg manages conservation activities intended to safeguard and develop large alkaline fens in fourteen Natura–2000 areas in the federal state of Brandenburg in Germany.
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    Peatland Restoration and Sustainable Grazing in China
    Ruoergai Plateau, China, Asia (32.20–34.10° N,102.15°–103.50° E)
    2015
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    Situated at the headwaters of the Yellow River, the sedge-dominated peatlands in the Ruoergai plateau in China, store water and supply it to downstream areas. These peatlands also support endemic and endangered Himalayan species and maintain the special aspects of Tibetan culture. In the 1960-70’s, the Ruoergai peatlands, which had been drained for agriculture, began to be badly damaged by overgrazing. Assessments and field observations indicate that over 70 percent of the peatlands are severely degraded. As a result, a large amount of CO2 stored in the peat has been released to the atmosphere and biodiversity has been lost. All of these environmental consequences have had an impact on local livelihoods.
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    Practical guidance for peatland restoration monitoring in Indonesia
    A remote sensing approach using FAO-SEPAL platform
    2021
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    This technical document is intended to give an overview of the use of several remote sensing tools produced by FAO for peatland restoration monitoring in Indonesia. At the core of these tools is the Soil Moisture Mapping (SMM) module in the FAO System for Earth Observation Data Access, Processing and Analysis for Land Monitoring (SEPAL). The Soil Moisture Mapping module was first created using available free, global satellite datasets and meteorological observations to retrieve soil moisture worldwide based on the algorithms developed by Greifeneder et al. 20191. To interpret the soil moisture mapping results, this report shows step-by-step followed methodologies for: the selection of available field data for validation; the study of land cover physical properties in the Indonesian landscape that have an influence on the correct interpretation of the product; and detecting, characterizing, and monitoring land cover change within time series (BFAST). The aim is to provide practical guidance to perform peatland monitoring analysis and strengthen capacities of practitioners and institutions in charge of peatland management, monitoring and reporting with the help of tools on SEPAL. This builds on the report “Peatland mapping and monitoring: recommendations and technical overview” (FAO, 2020). The guidance focuses on the description step by step of FAO peatland monitoring tools, showing its advantages and limitations. It also contains summaries of peatland ecology and condition for its assessment with remote sensing products. This document offers recommendations to interpret the results and integrate them into national monitoring frameworks.

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