The accounting of peat resources in Finland

Asta Harju

Proceedings of the 14th International Peat Congress


accounting, digital-map-service, finland, peat-resources, peatlands

Harju 2012: The accounting of peat resources in Finland


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

extended abstract


The Geological Survey of Finland (GTK) has been developing a concept for accounting of geological natural resources in Finland in order to support their sustainable use. As an extractable resource, peat is one aspect in this work. The long term aim in development of accounting of peat resources is to collect and combine reserve and extraction data with other datasets concerning the land use of peatlands, e.g. conservation and groundwater areas and offer the information to the public and business via digital map service. The work that has been done gives a good starting point for the further development of service both as a channel of data distribution and marketing and later as a tool to follow the amount and changes in peatland reserves of Finland.