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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.

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Latest Project News

CANAPE Partners Meet at the Grenspark

07 October 2019

CANAPE partners came together amongst the beauty of the Grenspark Kalmthoutse Heide, on the Dutch Belgian Border. We were welcomed by Jan Weverbergh, …

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CANAPE: Peat to the People

03 September 2019

The island of Britain, even if all the industry and agriculture were removed, would remain a carbon emitter due to the level of peat drainage. The for…

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£5 return for every £1 spent on restoring Peatlands

24 July 2019

The UK Office for National Statistics has published a report summarising the benefit of rewetting Peatlands in the UK.

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CANAPE: Opportunity for contractors - Sphagnumfarm Barver picks up pace

02 July 2019

The preliminary activities to establish a Sphagnumfarm in Barver, district of Diepholz, have been ambitious and substantial. As the project moves to t…

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CANAPE: Broads Authority and Norwich FarmShare pioneer reed compost

24 May 2019

The Broads Authority and Norwich FarmShare have paired up to trial the latest project under the European-funded project, CANAPE (Creating A New Approa…

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