Repeat – REthinking sustainable land use of PEATlands

This project aims to combine hard data on peatland carbon stocks and peatland restoration with an understanding of peatland management, to develop new knowledge about sustainable planning and management of peatlands, and to disseminate this knowledge among public authorities, the scientific community, and the general public.

Unsustainable land use, climate change, and biodiversity loss threaten all life on Earth, including mankind. Knowledge-based planning and management of peatland can play an important role in tackling these issues, since intact peatlands are recognised for their huge carbon stocks and as important biodiversity reservoirs.

Repeat aims to develop effective methods to assess the extent and depth of our Norwegian peatlands. Moreover, large peatlands that have previously been degraded through ditching are presently being restored, but we do not know how effective our restoration measures really are. Regarding peatland management, we see substantial incongruities. For instance, peatland degradation is banned for agricultural purposes, but allowed for development of roads, renewable energy, and cabins. For wind power development, the law requires peatlands to be restored after the concession period, but it is unclear what this really means in practice.

Updates

  • Navigating with the ground-penetrating radar. Photo: Karl-Kristian Muggerud

    The summer now well behind us marked the start of field data collection in Repeat's work package 1---about soil carbon stock estimation. One of the two sites that were in focus during this year's field work was Okla wind farm (Stad municipality) in Western Norway.

  • The first Repeat workshop will take place in Sogndal. Photo: Knut Rydgren.

    In the Repeat project, we are working to find new models for sustainable management of peatlands in cooperation with the most important societal actors in this arena. Therefore, we are gathering partners from public administration and interest organizations for a joint survey of how we perceive peatlands, and what challenges we face when we plan and implement various measures in peatlands.