Restoring peatlands in Russia
Several million hectares of abandoned and drained peatlands in European Russia are highly vulnerable to fires, such as those that resulted after an extremely dry summer in 2010 that billowed smog over Moscow. Rewetting and establishing a sustainable use of degraded peatlands, especially abandoned peat mining sites, may prevent such fi res, and mitigate negative impacts on climate and biodiversity.
In reaction to the extensive peat fires in 2010, the Russian Government started a large-scale rewetting programme in the Moscow oblast and adjacent regions. Within the framework of Russian-German bilateral cooperation, technical assistance and international expertise is provided by the global NGO Wetlands International, the Michael Succow Foundation, Greifswald University and the Institute of Forest Science of the Russian Academy of Sciences.
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