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Author: Ariana Magini

https://twitter.com/UNEnvironment/status/1091607156615393281 February 2 marked the anniversary of the signing of the Convention of Wetlands of International Importance (Ramsar Convention) and was celebrated with thousands of events worldwide, drawing attention to the vital role of these ecosystems. This year’s World Wetland Day theme, ‘Wetlands and Climate Change’ allowed peatlands to step into...

Coordinated by UN Environment, UN Convention for Biological Diversity and Wetlands International and hosted by the Global Environment Facility in their Rio Conventions Pavilion, “Towards a joint peatland declaration: Synergies of MEAs to reverse the trend on peatland degradation” side event held 7 December, 9.30-11.00...

Peatlands are highly efficient carbon sinks that have been storing dead organic material for the past 15,000 years. Current development activities and climate change are however threatening to release these stored carbon deposits through droughts, drainage, land cover changes, and fire. This release has large...

Peatlands are unique ecosystems that offer a triple win for the climate, people and the planet. Peatlands are enormous carbon sinks, they protect unique biodiversity, control water supply and quality, cool the atmosphere, prevent floods, and more, providing essential ecosystem services which people's lives depend...

An intense working week saw a major step forward in the global South - solidifying further the commitment of countries and partners to cooperate on protecting tropical peatlands. Ministers, peatland experts, researchers, business owners, community members and diverse stakeholders enthusiastically exchanged lessons, techniques, ideas and...

The Global Peatlands Initiative brought peatlands into the spotlight at the Ramsar COP13, hosting a collaborative side event on Wednesday 24th October that highlighted the ecosystems as a wetland of global significance. Peatlands are unique ecosystems that offer important ecosystem services such as carbon sequestration, biodiversity conservation, water...