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Principles for Sustainable Peatland Paludiculture


This briefing presents five broad principles that aim to support paludiculture as a more sustainable use of lowland fens that have been drained and converted for agriculture, compared to conventional agriculture. The aim is to raise the water levels but stop short of full restoration to lowland fen, allowing crops or livestock to be produced. Options include reed cultivation, fen pasture grazing, biofuel production or novel wetland crops such as cranberries.


Guidance type/project stage

  • Ecosystem management
  • Principles and standards


  • Farmland
  • Peatland
  • Wetland

Challenges addressed

  • Biodiversity
  • Food production
  • Climate change mitigation

Source | IUCN UK Peatland Programme

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