Peatland Pavilion at the 2021 United Nations Climate Change Conference

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An exciting initiative will take place at the 26th United Nations Climate Change Conference (UNFCCC COP26) – the Peatland Pavilion.

This project was initiated by international organizations dedicated to the conservation and sustainable management of peatlands: Global Peatlands Initiative, Wetlands International, University of East London, Greifswald Mire Centre, IUCN UK Peatlands Programme, United Nations Environment Programme.

The pavilion is a unique platform that will consolidate best practices in peatland research and innovation. It will host a wide range of side events aimed at inspiring cooperation to take urgent action to prevent negative climate change.

From 31 October to 12 November 2021, the platform will discuss topical issues related to the conservation and sustainable use of peatlands.

Let’s outline what we consider the most interesting events.

On November 2, there will be a discussion on the challenges and opportunities of including peatlands in Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs).

On November 4, there will be a session on attracting climate finance for peatland restoration projects. Experts and business representatives from different countries will discuss opportunities for private funding of such projects. The development of voluntary carbon markets will also be discussed.

Particularly noteworthy is the session “Demonstrating success: Inspiring stories of peatland restoration” on 8 November 2021. Representatives of various non-profit organisations will share their experiences and achievements in the restoration of peatland ecosystems.  For example, Tatyana Minayeva is presenting the experience of the Russian-German project “Restoring Peatlands in Russia – for fire prevention and climate change mitigation”.

It is worth noting that the global pandemic restrictions inspired participants to create a virtual Peatland Pavilion. This multimedia exhibition will bring together educational and scientific media as well as exemplary projects on peatlands. The exhibition is designed as a virtual space that can be visited by anyone.

The virtual pavilion can be visited by clicking on the link: