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Barnim District Administration is hosting the LIFE Peat Restore photo exhibition: ‘Restoring Peatlands for Climate’

NABU in cooperation with the Barnim District Administration is hosting the LIFE Peat Restore photo exhibition: ‘Restoring Peatlands for Climate’. The exhibition highlights the beauty of the northern European peatlands and presents their biodiversity and ecosystem functions, as well as to the restoration works by the LIFE Peat Restore project, extending over five countries.

Everyone is welcome to attend the opening of the exhibition in Eberswalde! We hope to see you there on October 21, 2019 at the Paul-Wunderlich-Haus (Am Markt 1). At 17:00 in the plenary hall there will be presentations from keynote speakers about the important role of peatland restoration for climate mitigation. Also, food and drinks will be served for you to enjoy the stunning photos.

The photo exhibition is open to public until October 30th during the opening hours of the public entrance area of Paul-Wunderlich-Haus (on working days from 6:00 to 20:00, Saturday 6:00 to 16:00, Sunday closed).

Peatlands are unique wetland ecosystems that play an important role in nature and our lives. They regulate cycling of water and nutrients, provide irreplaceable habitats for many species, accumulate huge amounts of carbon and regulate climate.

Most peatlands in Europe have experienced human-caused modifications. Many peatlands are lost forever. Due to drainage and peat extraction which have devastated large areas of pristine ecosystems, many of them have turned from natural carbon sinks into sources of carbon emission. Drained peatlands release carbon dioxide and nitrous oxide, so called greenhouse gases, which, along with other human-caused emissions, also cause global warming.

To mitigate the drainage effects and reduce release of greenhouse gases, LIFE Peat Restore project is restoring peatlands in five countries – Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland and Germany. This exhibition introduces you to our restoration sites, peatland ecosystem functions, biodiversity, beauty, research, management and other aspects.

The exhibition was prepared within the project “Reduction of CO2 emissions by restoring degraded peatlands in Northern European Lowland” (LIFE15 CCM/DE/000138, LIFE Peat Restore) financed by EU LIFE programme.