Climate Protection Through Moorland Protection

Biodiversity is on everyone's lips. Swiss broadcaster SRG SSR is currently rolling out its Mission B campaign across all of Switzerland. Scheduled to run one and a half years, everyone can contribute to this initiative to create more valuable ecological spaces. Independently of this, myclimate is offering companies the opportunity to achieve a similar impact by compensating their carbon footprint in a new moorland project.

Garden tiger moth. Natural upland moors are both CO₂ sinks and hotspots of biodiversity. Photo: Swiss Federal Institute for Forest, Snow and Landscape Research (WSL)

Through the rewatering of partially drained moors, a large amount of CO₂ will be stored. At the same time, regional biodiversity will also be improved. Healthy moors are genuine hotspots of biodiversity. As an example, the garden tiger moth, a colourful native moth, is one species that lives on upland moors, which are also home to diverse, specialised plants that are very important for climate protection:

The tiny sphagnum moss plants with their enormous water storage capacity and ability to capture CO₂ from the atmosphere in the soil will have to do us an important service in an era of global change. As such, we would do well to insure their survival now.

Lena Gubler, Swiss Federal Institute for Forest, Snow and Landscape Research (WSL).

First moor in the canton of Glarus

The Grand Marais in Schwändital in the canton of Glarus — a moor of national significance — can be restored to its natural state thanks to the climate protection project and additional donors. There is a consensus that rewatering moors is an important contribution to climate protection and area conservation. Specific implementation is currently failing as a result of insufficient funding. The FOEN-approved programme should help to redress this situation.

SRF article on the rewatering of moors through myclimate climate protection projects.

SRF Mission B

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