Sabine Wichmann; Greta Gaudig, Matthias Krebs, Hans Joosten
Proceedings of the 14th International Peat Congress
bog-grassland, economics, external-effects, sphagnum-biomass, sustainable-management
Theme V. Restoration, rehabilitation and after-use of disturbed peatlands
Paludicultures provide a sustainable wet land use option for degraded peatlands. The changes in ecosystem service provision are assessed for a 4 ha large Sphagnum farming site in Northwest Germany. Compared to the former bog grassland we find an improvement of provisioning services (long term perspective, renewable alternative to fossil ‘white’ peat), regulating services (reduced GHG emissions, rare habitats) as well as cultural services (preservation of palaeo-archives). These external effects should be incorporated in decision making on peatland use and provide good reasons for facilitating paludiculture with public money.