Carbon Connects

Peatlands as a natural solution to climate change

Context

Today one third of the global CO2 emissions are caused by drained and/or burned peatlands for agricultural use. Peatlands contain a high concentration of organic matter and stock twice as much carbon as forests. Europe has 265km2 of diverse peatlands, which, if they dry out, will go from being a great sink for carbon, to a huge emitter. 

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Carbon Connects promotes an alternative type of agriculture for wetlands, one which can sequester carbon through practices such as: raising the water table beneath the peatland and starting new types of crops or livestock farming. It will also introduce new bio-based business models developed for sustainable land management practices. They will be tested on pilot sites throughout North West Europe. AC3A is in charge of Work Package 2 Transnational implementation and demonstration which includes the monitoring of the pilot sites and the setting up of a transnational programme “Farmer-to-Farmer”. One of the sites is in Pays de la Loire – the Grand Lieu site and this is coordinated by the Regional Chamber of Pays de la Loire.

Delivrables (to come)

Presentation of the pilot sites and the porgress made by each one. Farmer-2-Farmer programme. Carbon Connects will reduce CO2 emissions by 50% in peatlands in North-West-Europe where current practices generate an excessive amount of emissions.

Carbon Connects is funded (60%) by INTERREG Europe du Nord-Ouest

Carbon Connects Webinar on Irish Pilot Site

Carbon Connects Webinar on Irish Pilot Site https://www.youtube.com/embed/tVEpxZ0dckI We invite you to watch the webinar on the Irish pilot site and its Carbon Connects activities organised the 10 July 2020.…