Styrian Peatland Strategy 2030+

Associated persons Anna Kovarovics, Tobias Köstl, Daniel Wuttej, Hanns Kirchmeir, Raphael Süßenbacher, Romana Piiroja
Clients Office of the Styrian Provincial Government – Department 13
Regions Austria
Year 2021

Due to their natural features, peatlands can actively counteract the climate crisis and protect settlement areas in the process. They also serve as valuable habitats and refuges for animal and plant species worthy of protection. For this to happen, however, peatlands must be intact and feature an appropriate water balance. This is currently not the case for many peatlands, which have been severely affected by peat cutting and drainage in recent decades.

In order to accelerate peatland protection, E.C.O. was commissioned by the province of Styria to develop a peatland protection strategy with central topics, measures and goals for the coming years. Several workshops and discussion round made up a participatory process in which the future agendas of the Styrian Peatland Protection Strategy were defined and underpinned with extensive analyses and evaluations of the existing data.