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Roadmap for the wetting of organic soils (RoVer)


Ecological and socio-economic potential assessment of waterlogging and wet use of organic soils in Germany



  • Assessment of the technical and economic potential of wetting and various options for action (paludiculture, open-space photovoltaics on wetted peatland soils, peatland-friendly damming with extensification, full waterlogging with abandonment of land use)
  • Establishment of a database on the costs of wetting as well as the costs of damage due to drainage
  • Analysis of institutional and legal frameworks
  • Economic analysis of new utilisation concepts and economic evaluation of various options for action on wetting, taking into account different policy-mix scenarios
  • Derivation of GHG mitigation effects and abatement costs
  • Systematic recording and classification of the assessment of transformation processes at landscape level using methods of qualitative social research


Climate effect under consideration

Reduction of greenhouse gas emissions from currently drained organic soils

Contact persons

Thünen Institute, Institute of Farm Economics

Dr. Thomas de Witte

Florian Heinrich

Thünen Institute, Coordination Unit Climate and Soil

Bernhard Osterburg

Thorsten Uhl

Link to project page: RoVer


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