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Peatland Conservation and Wise Use in the Context of Climate Change - A Contribution to the Implementation of the Ramsar Convention
11.09.2016 - 14.09.2016
Bundesamt für Naturschutz
Bettina Hedden-Dunkhorst, Angelina Heidrich (BfN)
Peatlands cover 3% of the global terrestrial area, or about one third of global wetland areas, and fulfil a number of ecosystem services important for life on earth and human well-being. Apart from storage and purification of fresh water, biodiversity conservation or the reduction of flood risks, these services comprise mitigation and adaptation to climate change impacts through carbon storage or by providing important climate smart livelihood options. Peatlands store as much carbon as all terrestrial biomass or twice as much as all global forest biomass. However, with carbon dioxide emissions from peatland drainage, fires and exploitation - estimated to be equivalent to more than 10% of global fossil fuel emissions in some years - the degradation of peatlands is also a major and growing source of anthropogenic greenhouse gas emissions. At the last Conference of the Parties (COP) of the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands, held in Punta del Este in 2015 Contracting Parties discussed the importance of peatlands and adopted Resolution XII.11 on “peatlands, climate change and wise use”. The Resolution highlights action to be taken and encourages Contracting Parties to foster implementation aiming to maintain peatland ecosystem services for future generations. It builds on Resolution VIII.17 (2002) “Guidelines for Global Action on Peatlands” that provide guidance in seven domains, including policy and legislative instruments, adaptive management, international cooperation etc. In order to review progress and contribute to implementation of Resolution XII.11 an international workshop will be held on the Isle of Vilm (Germany), 11 - 14 September 2016. The workshop is titled “Peatland Conservation and Wise Use in the Context of Climate Change” and organised by the German Federal Agency for Nature Conservation (BfN), the Secretariat of the Ramsar Convention, the Danish Nature Agency and the Greifswald Mire Centre. More specifically we seek to: - offer a platform and link actors to foster concerted efforts around peatlands - highlight progress and current initiatives as a basis for mutual action and identify necessary steps to be taken - discuss - on the basis of best practices - peatland conservation and wise use considering policy and technical approaches and identify barriers and opportunities for implementation - elaborate on how to foster education and public awareness and identify proven and innovative entry points for communication. As a workshop result we aim to develop tangible outputs and recommendations for the implementation of Resolution XII.11 to be presented at COP XIII of the Ramsar Convention. Hence, the workshop is divided into input sessions and several breakout groups. Limited funds to support travel, accommodation and subsistence are available. Please contact the organisers, if funding would be necessary. Contacts: Tobias Salathé, Secretariat of the Ramsar Convention, email@example.com Bettina Hedden-Dunkhorst, BfN, firstname.lastname@example.org