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.
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.