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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.

Latest Project News

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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CANAPE partners meet in Veendam

Friday, April 20, 2018
Sustainable NSR

On Tuesday the CANAPE partnership was welcomed to Waterschap Hunze en Aas in Veendam by Geert-Jan ten Brink (Chair of the Waterschap), and Board mem…

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CANAPE meets engineers to kick off design work

Friday, April 6, 2018
Sustainable NSR

Broads Authority staff meet engineers and visit previous project site to incorporate lessons learned into the new activities.

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