In European Russia, ten million hectares of peatlands, that were drained for various uses, have been largely abandoned as the economy economic changes. In summer 2010, the peat fires around Moscow covered less than 500 ha, but caused more smoke than many thousands of hectares of forest fires and were the main cause of significant public health and economic impacts. Since 2011, the Restoring Peatlands in Russia Project has been working with local,
national and international partners to address these problems.
This large poster illustrates the story of why and how this project has happened though infographics and photographs.
The Project is financed under the International Climate Initiative by the German Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and Nuclear Safety (BMUB), facilitated through the KfW German Development Bank, and implemented by Wetlands International in partnership with the Institute of Forest Science of the Russian Academy of Sciences, Michael Succow Foundation and the Institute of Botany and Landscape Biology, Greifswald University in cooperation with the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment of the Russian Federation and the Governments of Moscow, Nizhny Novgorod, Ryazan, Tver and Vladimir provinces.
Poster on restoring peatlands in Russia for fire prevention and climate change mitigationdownload