For more information about CANAPE, please contact the project manager Harry Mach

Welcome to the CANAPE project.

Creating A New Approach to Peatland Ecosystems

CANAPE is a project co-funded by the North Sea Region Programme 2014 - 2020.

Fenlands and Bogs used to be a major part of the landscape in the low lying areas around the North Sea. Over time these flat landscapes covered in moss, grasses, reeds and sedges, broken up by shallow lakes and rivers, have lain down layer after layer of partially decomposed organic matter called peat.

For centuries peat has been an important resource, as people have drained the fens and bogs for land to produce food, and used the dried peat as a fuel. This leads to releases of CO2 from the dried peat, and a reduction in capacity of the land to store water leading to reduced protection from floods. 

The project Creating a New Approach to Peatland Ecosystems responds to these issues by restoring wetland areas to reduce their CO2 emissions and improve their capacity to store water, and by aiming to develop the markets for products produced from wetland ecosystems - a type of farming known as Paludiculture.

Latest Project News

CANAPE: First ground broken at Lille Vildmose

Friday, September 21, 2018
Sustainable NSR

The work to return 2ha of arable grassland on the site of the historic Lille Vildmose to its natural state as a sphagnum bog began this week.

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CANAPE: The long hot summer....

Friday, August 24, 2018
Sustainable NSR

Europe has sweltered under a heatwave all summer. And we have noticed the effects on our landscape.

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CANAPE: Monitoring at Lake de Leijen

Monday, July 23, 2018
Sustainable NSR

With the first full summer of the CANAPE project under way, our project teams are out and about, making the most of the good weather to get a head sta…

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CANAPE welcomes students to work at Holter Meer

Monday, June 11, 2018
Sustainable NSR

Two bachelor students of Environmental Science from the Carl von Ossietzky University of Oldenburg are supporting investigatory work at Holter Meer, o…

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CANAPE celebrates International Day for Biodiversity

Tuesday, May 15, 2018
Sustainable NSR

The 22nd of May marks International Day for Biodiversity, and the celebration of 25 years of the Convention on Biological Diversity. This gives us a g…

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