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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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CANAPE: Chasing down the fish (video)

19 March 2020

Our trackers have been gathering data over the winter on fish movements in the Fryslan lakes

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CANAPE: Understanding the ground beneath our feet

27 January 2020

The scale of carbon storage in the soils of the Broads National Park is thought to be vast. A previous estimate ran to 39 million tonnes of CO2. This …

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CANAPE: Follow the Fish

02 December 2019

The quiet waters of Friesland offer a chance to get away from the chaos of modern city life, however now even the fish have email addresses.

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CANAPE: A new dawn for Barver Moor

27 November 2019

Over the last 20 years of drainage at Barver Moor, the land has fallen by a 30 - 50cm as the peat has degraded, boiling away into the atmosphere. This…

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CANAPE: Hickling 2 - Return of the 20 tonne excavators

18 November 2019

7 months ago, having completed the first phase of our work on Hickling Broad at Chara Bay, we packed up and left the site for the summer. Now we are b…

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