Virtual conference week - RRR2021
Renewable resources from wet and rewetted peatlands

In the light of the Paris Agreement and the necessity to reduce all anthropogenic CO2 emissions globally to net zero around the year 2050, peatland rewetting and innovative land use concepts for wet peatlands are an important contribution to achieve the goal. The first two RRR conferences on the utilisation of wetland plants (paludiculture) were held in 2013 and 2017 in Greifswald. The Greifswald Mire Centre warmly invites you to continue this dialogue and to use the 3rd RRR conference as a platform for exchange.

Key messages of the RRR2021 conference

These are the key messages of the third international conference on the utilisation of wetland plants “Renewable resources from wet and rewetted peatlands” (RRR2021).

Key messages of the RRR2021 conference (pdf | 1.25 MB)

Proceedings of the RRR2021 conference

Proceedings of the RRR2021 conference (pdf | 3.1 MB)

Scope of the conference

The production and utilisation of wetland biomass offers manifold opportunities to address the in­creasing and diversifying demand for biomass and can reduce the competition between biofuel and food production. Wetland biomass can substitute fossil resources as a raw material for manufacturing and industry and for energy production, and it can also provide food: e.g. directly with berries or products from the water buffalo, or indirectly with cattail and Azolla as fodder for livestock as well as with peat moss, cattail and alder wood fiber as components of growing media.

The cultivation and utilisation of paludiculture crops can provide sustainable land use options for peatlands. The rewetting of degraded peatlands for paludiculture with water tables raised to the soil surface reduces greenhouse gas emissions and restores many other ecosystem services like nutrient removal, water retention and habitat provision.

Key topics

  • Biomass to product
  • Greenhouse gas emissions and other climate effects
  • Yield, water and nutrient dynamics
  • Biodiversity at ecosystem level and within species
  • Sphagnum farming, vegetation restoration and propagules
  • Harvesting techniques
  • Worldwide developments of paludiculture
  • Regional and national transition of peatland use & socio-economics
  • Framework conditions and policy support
  • Case studies(SE-Asia)

Host institution

The University of Greifswald, the Succow Foundation and DUENE e.V. are partners in the Greifswald Mire Centre which unites some 70 peatland experts in one place. The Greifswald Mire Centre is the interface between science, policy and practice in all peatland related questions – locally and globally, and offers science-based solutions for social challenges related to peatlands such as climate protection, biodiversity conservation and sustainable use. www.greifswaldmoor.de

COVID-19 prohibits the planned in-person conference, while research and implementation of paludiculture are rapidly evolving. We acknowledge the need for international exchange and are looking forward to exploring the opportunities of an inspiring virtual conference together with you!

Pictures from the RRR2017