Sustainable peatlands: A win for all

How can we restore and protect peatlands? This has been the subject of four years of research by the Carbon Connects and CANAPE projects. During the international symposium ‘Sustainable peatlands: A win for all’ in October, the innovative techniques, business models and policy options that have been developed over these years will be presented.

We are looking forward to welcoming you online and at Van Hall Larenstein University of Applied Sciences in Leeuwarden, in October 2021.


This 3-day conference brings together European stakeholders, managers and policy makers to discuss their visions on restoring and protecting peatlands. The event focuses on innovative techniques, business models and policy options developed over 4 years of work by the projects CANAPE and CARBON CONNECTS.

Vistitor address: Agora 1, 8934 CJ Leeuwarden (directions)

Program Carbon Connect


Program Carbon Connect Online



Join the fieldtrip on day 3 to experience successes in fen restoration. You can either visit the Alde Feanen area, where a successful LIFE project to restore water reed and aquatic vegetation was finished in 2019. Or visit De Wieden to witness successful restoration of floating rich fens and join the discussion of  revenue models to conserve reed cultivation heritage and biodiversity.

Fieldtrip Alde Feanen
Fieldtrip De Wieden


CANAPE (Creating A New Approach to Peatland Ecosystems) aims to increase the sustainability of peatlands. The project has two main pillars, one looking at the physical restoration practices for peatland lakes and wetlands, and one developing practical demonstrations of paludiculture. The project also develops best practice for monitoring rewetting and lake restoration projects. Currently 8 Pilot sites are being delivered across Northern Europe.

Carbon Connects

Carbon Connects aims to reduce the high carbon footprint of peatland soils in Northwest Europe by introducing new bio-based business models developed for sustainable land management practices.