Protecting Peatlands in Ontario
Despite covering less than 3% of the earth’s surface, peatlands store more carbon than all of the planet’s forests combined. They are wetland ecosystems with waterlogged ground that accumulates carbon through the decay of dead plants, storing it for thousands of years – this is considerably longer than the carbon stored in forest soils, which remains secured for up to about 500 years. But unlike forest carbon, much of which exists in forest ecosystems that are the focus of conservation efforts worldwide, peatlands remain largely unprotected. As the second biggest peatland complex in the world, the Hudson Bay Lowland in Northern Ontario is home to many iconic plants and animals, but this area is under threat from climate change, deforestation, and industrial development.
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Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) Canada
All project and site photos above provided by Lorna Harris.