Ecosystem Services of Boreal Mires and Peatlands

Kaisu Aapala, Marianne Kettunen, Emmi Haltia, Suvi Silvennoinen, Raimo Heikkilä, Timo J. Hokkanen, Paula Horne, Jukka-Pekka Jäppinen, Saara Lilja-Rothsten, Hannu Luotonen, Liisa Maanavilja, Arvo Ohtonen, Anni Ruokolainen, Lauri Saaristo, Tapani Sallantaus, Eeva-Stiina Tuittila, Harri Tukia and Petteri Vihervaara

Proceedings of the 14th International Peat Congress


boreal, ecosystem-services, mire, peatland

Aapala et al 2012: Ecosystem Services of Boreal Mires and Peatlands


Theme I.  Inventory, stratigraphy and conservation of mires and peatlands


Ecosystem services are defined as direct or indirect benefits of ecosystems to humans. They include goods provided by ecosystems (e.g. timber, berries and game) and different functions (e.g. climate change mitigation, regulation of the circulation and quality of water) they perform. The aim of our project is to identify and valuate ecosystem services provided by pristine mires and managed peatlands. The work will be based on a case study carried out in the North Karelia Biosphere Reserve in Eastern Finland. Regional expert and stakeholder workshop and local stakeholder interviews will be used to identify ecosystem services and possible conflicts and synergies between them as well as to evaluate the socio-economic importance of the benefits.