European researchers say post-2020 Common Agricultural Policy must safeguard peatlands

April 14, 2020 |

In Finland, post-2020 Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) must safeguard and stimulate the preservation of carbon-rich soils through protection of peatlands. Functional peatlands are the most space efficient long-term carbon store and sink in our planet’s biosphere.

A group of leading peatland experts compiled recommendations for climate smart actions based on their recent studies on cultivated peatlands. If we want to continue productive land use on peatlands, a paradigm shift is required involving new concepts, crops and techniques as well as adjustments of the current agricultural policy framework.

Policy Brief on “Peatlands in the EU—Common Agriculture Policy (CAP) after 2020′ was prepared jointly by experts working in related research projects in the major research institutes in Europe, including Natural Resources Institute Finland (Luke), National University of Ireland (NUI), and Greifswald Mire Centre. In Finland, scientists of the Strategic Research Council project “Novel soil management practices—key for sustainable bioeconomy and climate change mitigation (SOMPA)’ contributed to this work.

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