Survey: Economic incentives for wet peatlands

The development of incentives that account for social and environmental costs and benefits of peatland use has been identified as a major action for achieving large-scale paludiculture (FAO 2016). We compile information on existing examples that acknowledge peatland or wetland ecosystem services to inspire incentives that may initiate and reward the shift to sustainable peatland use and increase the economic viability and competiveness of paludiculture.

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This survey is part of the project “CINDERELLA - Comparative analysis, integration and exemplary implementation of climate smart land use practices on organic soils: Progressing paludicultures after centuries of peatland destruction and neglect”.



Carbon store / reduction of greenhouse gas emissions
Water quality / nutrient retention
Water quantity / water retention
Biodiversity / habitat management
Others, i.e.

Government-financed, i.e. EU
Government-financed, i.e. national
Taxes, levies, charges
Voluntary payments (voluntary compensation, sponsorship, donation)
Compulsory compensation (e.g. companies: biodiversity offsetting)
Others, i.e.

One-off subsidy, i.e. non-repayable grant
One-off subsidy, i.e. repayable credit
Short-term payments (< 10 years)
Long-term payments (e.g. 20 years)
Others, i.e.

Establishment of paludicultural crops (e.g. planning, site preparation, planting)
Rewetting (e.g. initial investment, remunerating high water level)
Management (e.g. purchase of machinery, cutting/grazing)
Processing (e.g. investment costs, innovation bonus)
Marketing (e.g. Ecosystem services, bonus for renewables)
Others, i.e.

Measure/action, i.e.
Result/output, i.e.   


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