Peatlands in National Inventory Submissions 2009
Climate mitigation and adaptation
Wetland values, status and trends
An analysis of the National Inventory Submissions of European countries with respect to GHG emissions from peatlands/organic soils with identification of gaps and proposals for improvement. This report was produced for the UNFCCC climate change meeting in Bonn, August 2009. The substantial greenhouse gas emissions from peatland drainage can largely be avoided through peatland rewetting and restoration. There is, however, doubt to whether emission reductions from peatland can be correctly quantified and transparently reported. This report analyses the most recent (2009) National Inventory Submissions of 10 European countries to evaluate their experiences with the reporting of anthropogenic peatland emissions.
Author(s): Alexandra Barthelmes, John Couwenberg & Hans Joosten, Greifswald University