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Recommendations for action

  • To achieve emission reductions in the land use sector, it is important to find and implement the most appropriate and climate-friendly after-use for the different subareas of former peat extraction sites.
  • Private landowners are responsible for the continued use of former peat production sites. Achieving climate targets in the land use sector requires that landowners have sufficient incentives to choose climate-friendly forms of after-use.
  • Successful planning for after-use requires current data on the moisture conditions in the former peat production site and the possibility to influence them through drainage and damming (i.e., an up-to-date surface model as a starting point), as well as data on the variation of residual peat thickness in different parts of the peatland.