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GHG mitigation of agricultural peatlands requires coherent policies

Författare och institution:
Kristiina Regina (-); Arif Budiman (-); Mogens H. Greve (-); Arne Gronlund (-); Åsa Kasimir (Institutionen för geovetenskaper); Heikki Lehtonen (-); Soren O. Petersen (-); Pete Smith (-); Henk Wösten (-)
Publicerad i:
Climate Policy, 16 ( 4 ) s. 522-541
ISSN:
1469-3062
E-ISSN:
1752-7457
Publikationstyp:
Artikel, refereegranskad vetenskaplig
Publiceringsår:
2016
Språk:
engelska
Fulltextlänk:
Sammanfattning (abstract):
As soon as peat soil is drained for agricultural production, the peat starts to degrade, which causes emissions to the atmosphere. In countries with large peatland areas, the GHG mitigation potential related to management of these soils is often estimated as the highest amongst the measures available in agriculture. Although the facts are well known, the policies leading to diminished emissions are often difficult to implement.We have analysed the reasons why the mitigation potential is not fully utilized and what could be done better in national implementation of climate policies. Four cases are used to illustrate the necessary steps to reach mitigation targets: determining the amount and properties of peat soils, estimating the potential, costs and feasibility of the mitigation measures, and selecting and implementing the best measures. A common feature for all of the cases was that national and international climate policies have increased the public interest in GHG emissions from peat soils and increased the pressure for mitigation. Basically the same factors restrict the implementation of mitigation measures in all countries with significant peat soil areas. The most important of these is lack of policy coherence, e.g. ignoring climate policies when planning land use or agricultural policies. We conclude that GHG mitigation is achieved only if other policies, especially national regulations and strategies, are in line with climate policies.
Ämne (baseras på Högskoleverkets indelning av forskningsämnen):
NATURVETENSKAP ->
Geovetenskap och miljövetenskap
LANTBRUKSVETENSKAPER ->
Lantbruksvetenskap, skogsbruk och fiske
SAMHÄLLSVETENSKAP ->
Annan samhällsvetenskap
Nyckelord:
agriculture, GHG, land use, mitigation, peat, policies
Postens nummer:
215805
Posten skapad:
2015-04-27 11:39
Posten ändrad:
2016-04-28 15:57

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