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Wetlands restoration for biodiversity and climate
16th June 2022, Hverfisgötu 105- 101 Reykjavík
09:30 – 09:45 Welcome talk by Björn Helgi Barkarson, head of the Office of Sustainability, Ministry of Food, Agriculture and Fisheries
09:45 – 10:15 Peatlands in Europe – current condition & challenges. Franziska Tanneberger, University of Greifswald (remote)
10:15 – 11:00 The Icelandic experience of peatlands’ re-wetting for the sake of climate and biodiversity. Sunna Áskelsdóttir, Soil Conservation Service of Iceland (SCSI)
11:00 – 11:45 An overview of peatlands re-wetting activities in Poland. Paweł Pawłaczyk, Klub Przyrodników
11:45 – 12:00 Coffee break
12:00 – 12:45 Peatlands’ re-wetting in Belarus: a manager’s perspective. Irina Kashpei, APB – BirdLife Belarus/ „Wild Nature”/ Frankfurt Zoological Society (ZGF) (remote)
12:45 – 13:15 A carbon offset deal on peatlands’ re-wetting in the East of Poland. How the biodiversity-oriented project led to commodification of the climate-favourable side-effect. Sviataslau Valasiuk, The Polish Society for the Protection of Birds (OTOP)
13:15 – 13:45 Rationale for development, and draft structure of the binational Concise Hands-On Manual on re-wetting. Paweł Pawłaczyk, Klub Przyrodników.
13:45– 15:00 Lunch at Hlemmur Mathöll
15:00 – 15:45 Discussion on the Concise Hands-On Manual that is to be created by the project on the grounds of best practice of peatlands re-wetting combining reduction of greenhouse gases’ emissions and favourable biodiversity effect.
15:45 – 16:00 Summary of the event. Zbigniew Karpowicz, The Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB).
16:00 – 16:15 Closing of the Conference. Hólmfríður Arnardóttir, CEO of Fuglavernd – BirdLife Iceland