Side Event at UNFCCC COP23

UNFCCC_SideEventFlyer_1Side Event at EU Pavillon at the UNFCCC COP23 2017 Bonn, Germany.

Title: Wetlands, Peatlands and Satellites

Date: 11.11.2017, 16:00 – 17:30, Room Tallinn,


Wetlands including peatlands are one of the fastest declining ecosystems, while they are hot spots of biodiversity and provide valuable ecosystem services; such as water supply, protection against floods and droughts, and climate regulation through carbon storage in particular in peatlands.

EU cannot reach Paris Agreement targets without proper management & restoration of peatland habitats.

The H2020 project “Satellite based Wetland Observation Service (SWOS)” developed a service and free available tools for the local to global satellite based monitoring of the ecological character of wetlands, the monitoring of restoring measures in degraded peatlands or for wetland inventory and delineation as it can be applied e.g. for SDG 6.6.1 or Ramsar reporting.

Restoring more than 5,000 ha of degraded peatlands the LIFE project “Peat restore” is contributing to the implementation and development of EU Climate Policy and Paris Agreement goals, by providing data on GHG emissions, supporting calculations and reporting for national and EU wide GHG balances.

The side event will invite to the Satellite based Wetland Observation service (SWOS) with its free tools and portals for wetland/peatland monitoring and services for reporting obligations like SDG 6.6.1 and Ramsar. It will inform about wetland/peatland frameworks, Ramsar priorities for peatlands and how the Project “Peatland Restore” will provide valuable estimations to national decision makers on how much GHG can be mitigated under different scenarios.


Tom Kirschey NABU Monitoring of northern and eastern European peatland habitats within LIFE Peat Restore
Tobias Salathé Ramsar Convention on Wetlands Ramsar Priorities for Peatlands
Kathrin Weise Jena-Optronik GmbH SWOS – the Satellite bases Wetland Observation Service
Jonas Franke Remote Sensing Solution GmbH SWOS Products and the Wetlands community portal
Adrian Strauch University of Bonn SWOS in an international context
Kathrin Weise Jena-Optronik GmbH Peatlands from Space
Presentations / Discussion
Bettina Hedden-Dunkhorst German Federal Agency for Nature Conservation (BfN) Other peatland initiatives around the globe
Andres JAADLA European Committee of the Regions (CoR) member and Member of Rakvere City Council (Estonia) Satellite use for land monitoring: the perspective of regions and cities
Questions / Discussion