Pilot site De Wieden: state of play

The pilot site is located in the Dutch nature reserve called ‘De Wieden’, mentioned as a Natura 2000 area and owned and managed by the private nature-conservation organization Natuurmonumenten. The project makes De Wieden suitable to keep carbon in the soil and to reduce more carbon in the future. Now the 

In this pilot partner Natuurmonumenten will create peat pits in De Wieden. By creating peat pits, more space becomes available for water plants to grow and carbon can be captured. In the peat pits space is also created for peat to grow and absorb carbon. The peat that comes from the new peat pits will be used to raise one of the foreshores, in Dutch called ‘vooroevers’. So the carbon that is stored in the peat will stay in the peat. By raising the foreshore, more water plants will grow on the foreshore. Through this process more carbon will be stored in the area.

State of play

In August 2020, after completion of the works on the foreshore in lake Beulakerwiede, the contractor started the preparatory activities for digging the peat pits. In order to prevent water turbidity in the lake, which could be caused by discharging the process water, a number of willow screens have been installed in the foreshore to conduct the water flow. After the damming of the foreshore, local professional fishermen accurately emptied the foreshore of fish.

Several machines were brought in and work began on laying the pipeline to transport the peat material that is released, to the foreshore.

Also Natuurmonumenten started on removing and shredding the forest at the peat pits location. By mid-November 60% of the total forest area has already been removed. In addition, a start has been made on digging the peat pits as well as pumping the peat material to the foreshore. The first phase, out of five, is finished by now.

The contractor expects to have dug 70% of the peat pits before the turn of the year. So far, the work is progressing without any noteworthy problems.

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