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.