Paludiculture in Latvia

Paludiculture is agriculture and forestry on wet and rewetted organic soils and peatlands

Carbon capturing by Baltic peatland farmers

Lake and peatland research centre in collaboration with the partners from Germany, Estonia and Lithuania are implementing climate & biodiversity friendly EUKI project "Carbon capturing by Baltic peatland farmers - Practical exchange for paludiculture & peatland carbon farming". Project will last until June 2024 and hence, more results and publications are yet to come. Stay tuned to hear more soon.

Paludiculture practice in Latvia

Although the term “paludiculture” might seem new in Latvia, the cultivation of reed canary grass and black alder on wet organic soils has been practiced for decades. Some Latvian landowners have been engaged in these cultivation practices for years, even if they might not have been familiar with the term “paludiculture” or the associated environmental and climatic benefits.

Peatlands available for paludiculture

There are more than 111,390 ha suitable for paludiculture implementation on organic soils at this very moment. After careful consideration of restrictions additional 65,781 ha can be used. Major restrictions apply for 142,936 ha, i.e., potential sites for paludiculture under specific requirements.