Workshop on Integrating information on peatland management into climate reporting was held in the Yu.A. Izrael Institute of Global Climate and Ecology in Moscow on 30 March 2021.
The Workshop brought together representatives from scientific institutions, public authorities, and civil society to discuss how the sustainable use, conservation and restoration of peatlands contribute to the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions and adaptation to climate change.
This event was organized by the Acad. Yu.A. Izrael Institute for Global Climate and Ecology, the Centre for Conservation and Restoration of Peatland Ecosystems of the Federal State Budgetary Institution ‘Institute of Forest Science of the Russian Academy of Sciences’, Wetlands International, Care for Ecosystems UG, Michael Succow Foundation, and Ethnoexpert LTD.
The workshop took place in the framework of the Russian-German Cross-Year of the Economy and Sustainable Development 2020-2022, and was supported by the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment of the Russian Federation, Federal Service for Hydrometeorology and Environmental Monitoring, Governments of the Tver and Ryazan Provinces of the Russian Federation, Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety of the Federal Republic of Germany, German Embassy in Russia, Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH, and German Development Bank KfW.
The meeting was held in a mixed format (face-to-face and online), and was participated by 69 national and international experts in wetland management and sustainable use.
The workshop summarized the results of long-term Russian-German cooperation obtained in the framework of two joint projects: the Project on Development of Background for National Reporting on Peatlands Drainage-Rewetting in the Russian Federation created the basis for integrating results of the Project on Restoring Peatlands in Russia – for fire prevention and climate change mitigation into the ongoing process of developing Russian NDC under the Paris Agreement.
The first part of the workshop focused on international efforts to reduce sources of greenhouse gases associated with peatlands. The best practices of peatland inventory, monitoring and rewetting were presented. The participants discussed the prospects for the development of global carbon market and economic incentives to promote sustainable peatland management.
The second part of the event was devoted to the prospects and possibilities of accounting for the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions resulted from peatland rewetting in Russia. National experts introduced the audience to the experience of peatland mapping and inventory collected in this country. New methodologies for accounting peatlands as sources and sinks of greenhouse gases, which had already been tested at the national level, were presented. Using the example of the Tver and Ryazan pilot regions, the participants got acquainted with the tested approaches to sub-national reporting on peatland drainage and rewetting to federal agencies responsible for climate change reporting.
Detailed information on the Workshop, its programme and presentations can be found here: http://giz.igce.ru
This workshop was prepared with the support from the Projects:
Project on Development of Background for National Reporting on Peatlands Drainage-Rewetting in the Russian Federation. This project is part of the overarching GIZ program “Capacity Development for Climate Policy in the countries of South East, Eastern Europe, the South Caucasus and Central Asia, Phase III”. This project is part of the International Climate Initiative (IKI). The German Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety (BMU) supports this initiative on the basis of a decision adopted by the German Bundestag.
Project on Restoring Peatlands in Russia – for fire prevention and climate change mitigation. This project is financed under the International Climate Initiative (IKI) by the German Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety (BMU), facilitated through the KfW German Development Bank, and implemented by Wetlands International in partnership with the Institute of Forest Science, Russian Academy of Sciences, the 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.