MoorWissen - information platform on mires, peatlands and climate protection

Mires are valuable habitats for specialized animal and plant species and have an outstanding importance for climate protection and biodiversity. At the same time, peatlands are shaped strongly by utilization. Mires are fascinating but complex ecosystems, functioning only due to the interaction of vegetation, water and peat. The protection of mires and peatlands and a paradigm shift to a sustainable use under wet conditions must be our primary concern. MoorWissen is an information platform of the Greifswald Mire Centre about these topics.

Peatlands - Climate regulation and biodiversity

Mires and peatlands store peat due to waterlogging of plants. They are extraordinary/exceptional ecosystems and fascinate because of their impressive variety. They are habitat of specialized animal and plant species, function as storage for water, nutrients and carbon and provide ecosystem services. more...


Cattail cultivation
in The Netherlands

Paludiculture (“palus“ – lat. “mire, swamp) is the productive use of wet peatlands. It is an alternative to drained peatland use by preserving the peat layer and reducing greenhouse gas emissions.

One example is the cultivation of reed (Phragmites australis) which can be used as building material or for energetic use. Reed for thatching is common in The Netherlands, Poland, Denmark and North-Germany. Further examples are listed in the Database of potential Paludiculture plants.