Mires and climate: towards enhancing functional resilience of fen peatlands


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They retain their functions over thousands of years constantly accumulating carbon. Natural mires are pristine prehistoric landscapes with unique biodiversity. Natural mires regulate global climate.

Drained mires emit greenhouse gasses contributing to the global warming and disturb water and nutrients cycling. Drained mires loose specific biodiversity and need costly measures to maintain threatened species. Drained mires need our help.

Mire restoration is necessary to help threatened species and bring back lost ecosystem services. How to maximise the success? How long should we wait to approach the state of reference ecosystems? In MIRACLE project we try to better understand the functional mechanisms ecosystem resilience in natural mires, with aim to enhance it in the contemporary disturbed peatlands.