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Global Peatland Assessment

This first comprehensive global assessment on the links between peatland degradation and climate change shows that clearance, drainage and fires in peatlands emit more than 3 billion tonnes of carbon dioxide every year, equivalent to 10% of global emissions from fossil fuels.

Protection and restoration of peatlands are among the most cost- effective options for climate change mitigation


The Assessment on Peatlands, Biodiversity and Climate Change was initiated by the project on Integrated Management of Peatlands for Biodiversity and Climate Change. This project was implemented by Wetlands International and the Global Environment Centre with the support of UNEP-GEF, the governments of the participating pilot countries (China, Indonesia and the Russian Federation) and regions (ASEAN); as well as the Dutch and Canadian governments and a range of other organisations including APN.

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