UNFCCC emission statistics (2015)

Global greenhouse gas emissions from drained peatlands

3 % of global land area is covered by peatlands. Although forests cover ten times the land area, more carbon is sequestered in peatlands worldwide than in forests. Globally, 15 % of all peatlands are drained and are primarily used for agriculture and forestry. This land use of drained peatlands accounts for 5% of anthropogenic  greenhouse gas emissions.

95% of these emissions are caused by 25 parties (36 countries including the EU) of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change. Hotspots of emissions include Indonesia, the European Union and Russia.


Emissions in relation to


    1. Wetlands International (2016) Peat for speed in land sector mitigation and adaption.
      IMCG Bulletin November 2016.
    2. Global Peatland Database. Greifswald Moor Centrum.