Demonstration of peatland restoration on intensively used agricultural land for climate change mitigation in Baisogala
Duration 2020-2021 (1 stage)
Greifswald Mire Centre (Germany)
Michael Succow Foundation (Germany)
Institute of Animal Science of Lithuanian University of Health Sciences (Lithuania)
Combining nature protection, scientific-experimental and land user interests, it is planned to restore the hydrological regime and accelerate the formation of wet fen meadow habitats (approx. 8 ha) in the vicinity of Baisogala town (Kemerai village, Lithuania).
Due to drainage and intensive land use, the area has been severely damaged and lost some of its original functions. Its current use is not sustainable in the context of climate change. According to preliminary data sustainable management of Baisogala site will help to reduce GHG emissions from drained peat soils by at least 100 t CO2 eq./year.
Based on the methodologies used in carbon credit certification schemes (MoorFutures, etc.), GHG emissions are estimated until 2050, when Europe should become the first climate-neutral continent to achieve zero net emissions. In 2050, 29 years will have passed since the restoration of the Baisogalia peatland, which is planned to be implemented in 2021. Thus, at least 2 900 tons of carbon dioxide equivalent will be saved during this period.
The project will also achieve other important goals - the restored peatland ecosystem will be able to provide ecosystem services lost due to drainage, such as maintaining biodiversity, improving the quality of water bodies (reduction of nitrogen loads by 45%) and thus reducing the eutrophication in the local river basins.
Project is financed by TAMM LtD (Germany) and Zero Waste 2020 festival (Lithuania).