Peatland restoration and development of MoorFutures in Lithuania
In Lithuania there are approx. 650,000 hectares of peatland. Merely 28% of these are in a near-natural state but 470,000 hectares are drained. Rewetting is therefore a good opportunity for the country to save large amounts of CO2 for climate protection through a nature-based solution - rewetting. The Succow Foundation is therefore restoring a part of the Aukstumala peatland on the Curonian Lagoon south of Klaipeda. At the same time, it is developing a carbon certificate system for Lithuania analogous to the MoorFutures in Germany.
Massively drained and damaged throughout the past century, the mining of peatlands is still ongoing in the eastern part of the Aukstumala bog. An EU LIFE project was able to greatly improve the condition of the peatland on over 1,000 hectares in its western area but excluded an area of 53 hectares. With the support of the Stiftung Zukunft jetzt! and local partners, the Succow Foundation has taken on the restoration of this area. Transferring the concept of MoorFutures to Lithuania is intended to enable the upscaling of peatland rewetting on large areas in Lithuania.
The Succow Foundation is restoring the partial area of the Aukstumala peatland together with the Lithuanian partner Pelkių atkūrimo ir apsaugos fondas (Foundation for restoration and conservation of peatlands) and the MoorFutures Standard from Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania with financial support from Stiftung Zukunft jetzt!.
Rewetting, paludiculture pilot and development of a MoorFutures-standard
Location: Aukstumala, Lithuania
Jan Peters jan.peters[at]succow-stiftung.de
Peatland policies, restoration, climate change, sustainable land use
Tel +49 3834 83542 17