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Carbon storage of hedges and field copse (CatchHedge)


Assessment of new plantings of hedges on arable land as a climate change mitigation option and quantification of possible effects on adjacent agricultural land, water balance and biodiversity



  • Data collection from various hedgerow sites across Germany, including adjacent agricultural land
  • Modelling the biodiversity effect of new hedgerow plantations in the agricultural landscape
  • Profitability analyses at farm level of different options for the use of hedge biomass, including revenues from trading of CO2-certificates
  • Estimation of the implementation potential at national level, derivation of implementation costs and evaluation of funding instruments


Climate effect under consideration

CO2 sequestration potential in biomass and soil carbon as well as CO2 avoidance costs of the investigated uses

Contact persons

Thünen Institute, Institute of Rural Studies

Dr. Johannes Wegmann

Dr. Charlotte Tönshoff

Berit Schütze


Thünen Institute, Institute of Biodiversity

Dr. Jan Thiele

Hannah Lembke


Thünen Institute, Institute of Climate-Smart Agriculture

Prof. Dr. Axel Don

Sofia Heukrodt

Hannah Böttcher


Thünen Institute, Institute of Organic Farming

Dr. Hans Marten Paulsen

Dr. Marion Kruse

Felix Schmidt


Thünen Institute, Institute of Farm Economics

Dr. Thomas de Witte

Dr. Elke Plaas


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