Agriculture and peatlands: the need for a new balance

“I invented the word “paludiculture” in 1998, in an article about the necessity for peat farming”, said Dr Joosten during our interview. “I visited Ireland for the first time in 1986 to install dams in Clara Bog in the Midlands. And even though the first steps for the restoration and conservation of peatlands were taken, in Europe there was still a big pressure for peat extraction. So, the issue still is that we need to find an alternative”.

The Process of Change for Peatlands' Sake

Finland and Ireland seem to be far away from each other, both from a geographical and cultural point of view. Nevertheless, if there is something that they have in common, it is a boundless natural landscape and people that love it without thinking it twice. This love comprehends peatlands, peculiar environments that can be found in both countries and that were considered for many years as mere “wastelands”.

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