Our Philosophy on Peatland and Climate Protection

To the foundation, climate protection means the preservation and restoration of carbon sinks, such as peatlands, forests and steppes. It is very important to preserve the functionality of ecosystems in order to minimise the emission of greenhouse gases - habitat protection equals climate protection.

 

Our emphasis in this area lies on the protection of the large, contiguous ecosystems in the former Soviet Union.
Climate protection can only become truly effective on a global scale. Thus international co-operation across borders is an indispensable and important part of our work.

 

Peatland ecosystems, as semi-aquatic disposal and storage systems, take on a special importance in climate protection. The restoration and preservation of the remaining intact mires is a vital part of the foundation's work. Every year about 3 billion tons of CO2 are released into the atmosphere from drained peatlands. Besides Southeast Asia, Central Europe including European Russia, Belarus, Ukraine and Germany is among the leading CO2 emitters. Due to degradation and the creation of highly productive grasslands, 60% of all peatlands in Germany already show severe drainage, while another 35% are moderately drained. Therefore, our foundation aims to preserve as many mires as possible in their natural state and to revitalize already degraded peatlands through rewetting.

To the foundation, climate protection means the preservation and restoration of carbon sinks, such as peatlands, forests and steppes. It is very important to preserve the functionality of ecosystems in order to minimise the emission of greenhouse gases - habitat protection equals climate protection.