01.09.2021 | Policy papers and background info | Nature/Biological Diversity

National Peatland Protection Strategy

Intact peatlands are impressive landscapes. They are unique habitats of highly specialised animal and plant species and also function as an archive of cultural history that allows us to trace our own development. They have regulating effects on the water and nutrient balances and have an evaporative cooling effect that is important for local and regional climates. They are increasingly being used as places for recreation and experiencing nature. On top of all this, peatlands are also long-term carbon sinks. Their impairment can have serious impacts on the global climate system. This is why the restoration and sustainable management of drained peat soils, along with the protection of intact peatlands, are core issues of the National Peatland Protection Strategy.

The strategy is addressed not only to administrative institutions at various levels but to all relevant stakeholders. We believe that peatland protection, the rewetting of drained peatlands and peat soils and their sustainable use can be successful only in close collaboration with local communities, land owners and land managers. This is why the National Peatland Protection Strategy is built on cooperative approaches and robust public outreach activities with the aim of supporting a transformative shift to land use practices that preserve peatlands.

The National Peatland Protection Strategy has been supplemented by the target agreement between the Federation and the Länder, which is a link to the peatland protection strategies of the Länder.