Comparative analysis, integration and exemplary implementation of climate smart land use practices on organic soils: progressing paludicultures after centuries of peatland destruction and neglect


Conventional agriculture and forestry on drained peatlands cause peat degradation, subsidence (up to 2 cm annually), enormous greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions (20-40 t CO2 per ha and year annually) and eventually often a loss of productive land. Rewetting reduces these effects and simultaneously restores other ecosystem services including water and nutrient retention, water purification, flood control and mesoclimatic cooling.

Paludiculture (lat. palus - swamp) is an innovative concept that allows rewetted peatlands to remain productively used. Paludiculture comprises a change to adapted crop species (Reed, Cattail, Reed Canary Grass, Sedges), harvesting machinery and biomass utilisation options.

Project goals & content

The goals of the CINDERELLA project include:

  1. maximising biomass production in paludiculture
  2. minimising GHG emissions and nutrient release
  3. incorporating ecosystem services;
  4. developing management strategies and transferring them from lab to field and
  5. disseminating this innovative concept over Europe.

The transdisciplinary research approach builds on the experience and expertise of the involved partners. The project links information on soil-water-crops interactions as a basis for biomass productivity with genetics related to the productivity of genotypes under different (changing climatic) conditions. The role of nutrient removal, retention and supply is taken into account to improve productivity and to address other ecosystem services.


Work packages
With a strong science based transdisciplinary approach the project will facilitate a in­nova­tive strategy to adapt to climate change – with sustainable peat­land utilisation becoming part of resilient agricultural regions. more...

Team Members
The transdisciplinary research approach involves partners from Danmark, Germany, the Net­herlands and Sweden. more...

Publications with the results of the project. more...

Public relations

Paludiculture - Sustainable utili­sation of rewetted peatlands
Our brochure addresses a wider audience on international level. What is paludiculture? pdf...

Paludiculture -

Danish brochure paludiculture. pdf...

Peatlands – climate regulation and biodiversity
An image film about peatlands funded by the Nordic Council of Ministers. Video...

Internal area

Internal area for project partners.