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

The Carbon Farmer

Friday, December 7, 2018
Sustainable NSR

We like this newly released film a lot, so are sharing it with you to try and spread its message as widely as possible. Film making company "The Top …

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CANAPE partners meet in Germany

Wednesday, November 7, 2018
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Last week the CANAPE partners met for their second Steering Group meeting in Lembruch, Lower Saxony, Germany. The partnership was welcomed by Jens-Her…

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CANAPE: First sediment dug at Hickling Broad

Friday, October 26, 2018
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The end of October marks the beginning of work in the CANAPE project to restore the reedswamp at Hickling Broad. Over the next 3 winters Broads Author…

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CANAPE: First ground broken at Lille Vildmose

Friday, September 21, 2018
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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
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Europe has sweltered under a heatwave all summer. And we have noticed the effects on our landscape.

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