Restoring Peatlands in Russia: For Fire Prevention and Climate Change Mitigation

Peatlands play a crucial role in climate change mitigation and fire prevention. Yet as they are drained for agriculture, forestry, and peat extraction – and subsequently abandoned – they release greenhouse gases, pose serious fire hazards, and threaten local biodiversity, all of which can have dire health consequences.

"Restoring Peatlands in Russia: For Fire Prevention and Climate Change Mitigation," the latest event in the "Planetary Health Solutions" series, showcases the efforts of Jozef Bednar, Project Manager of Wetlands International, in one of the largest on-the-ground peatland restoration projects in the world, recently recognized with the UNFCCC Momentum For Change Award in Planetary Health.

Join us for a discussion on how peatland restoration can prevent fires, mitigate climate change, create new agricultural opportunities, safeguard biodiversity, and protect our health. Loretta Mickley, Senior Research Fellow in Atmospheric Chemistry at the Harvard John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, and Samuel Myers, Principal Research Scientist at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health and Director of the Planetary Health Alliance, will moderate the discussion.

This event is co-sponsored by the Planetary Health Alliance, the Harvard Chan School, the Harvard University Center for the Environment, the Davis Center for Russian and Eurasian Studies, and the Harvard Center for Health and the Global Environment.

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