Proceedings of the 14th International Peat Congress
accounting, digital-map-service-pilot, peat-resources, southern-ostrobothnia
Theme I. Inventory, stratigraphy and conservation of mires and peatlands
The Geological Survey of Finland (GTK) has been developing a concept for accounting of geological natural resources in Finland, including peat reserves, in order to support their sustainable use. As a part of this work, a digital map service of peat resources in pilot area of Southern Ostrobothnia has been generated and will be introduced on the internet during spring 2012. The idea of the digital map service is to offer impartial information about peat reserves and the land use on peatlands in general. The map service is not only a tool of data distribution but also a tool for coordination and planning the different and diverse types of use of peatlands. The digital map service of peat resources will be extended both geographically and informational in future years based on users’ feedback and needs created by national and international decision-making and legislation.