Peatlands and forests are important carbon sinks that stabilise our climate. The destruction of tropical forests as well as the drainage of peatlands do not only release CO2 into the atmosphere but also destroy important ecosystems that are essential for biodiversity and the livelihood of many people.
The combination of a climate protection project in Germany for peatland restoration with an international acknowledged afforestation project benefitting rural development in Ethiopia gives you the opportunity to protect unique peatland ecosystems while supporting people in developing countries who have to cope with the consequences of climate change today.
MoorFutures –Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, Germany
In the course of this project, an area of 54.5 hectares is to be rewetted on a permanent basis. As a result, the restored polder will develop into a mosaic of areas with rushes, reeds and wetland shrubbery as well as shallow ponds. The combination of wet and semi-dry peatland, open water and shrubs will result in a significant increase in the number of species of conservation interest.
At the same time, restored peatlands absorb a substantial amount of greenhouse gases. Therefore, the rehabilitation of peatlands is an important contribution to global and regional climate protection.
Soddo Community Managed Reforestation, Ethiopia
The project is an outstanding example of community driven reforestation, offering significant social, biodiversity and carbon sequestration benefits.