EEAC members discussed possible exchange and cooperation on overarching theme of ecosystem services

A consortium of EEAC member councils discussed possible exchange on the overarching theme of ecosystem services. Since quite a few EEAC members work on topics that can be brought together under the heading “ecosystem services”: 1. food production (supply services); 2. biodiversity (support services) and 3. freshwater (supply and regulatory services), this first exchange took place . The analogy in the councils’ activities is their focus on protecting and improving ecosystems in order to ensure ecosystem services in a sustainable way. Following the meeting, a draft agenda for exchange and cooperation will be presented and further discussed.

 

 

Romanian Council for Sustainable Development joins the EEAC Network

On January 1st 2021, the Romanian Council for Sustainable Development joined the EEAC Network.

In his letter welcoming the council, EEAC Chairman Arnau Queralt-Bassa stated that he is  truly glad to welcome the Romanian council in the EEAC Network, and that he looks forward to exchange and informed deliberation with the members and staff of the council, in order to mutually strengthen the advice that councils give to governments and parliaments.

The Romanian Council for Sustainable Development is welcomed as the eighteenth member of the EEAC Network. The list with all members can be consulted here

Latest publication: Carbon rich peat soils

The Danish Council on Climate Change published an English summary of their latest report entitled ‘Carbon rich peat soils’.

The open land in Denmark is dominated by agricultural production. More than half – roughly 60 percent of the landscape – is cultivated, which leads to annual greenhouse gas emissions of around 9 million tons CO2- equivalents (hereafter CO2e). But there are large differences across Danish agricultural soils and their effect on the climate.

The majority consists of mineral soils with low carbon contents, which do not emit very much CO2 when cultivated. Just under 7 percent of the cultivated area consists of carbon rich peat soils. Peat soils are originally formed in wetlands like bogs and wet meadows and have a high content of carbon from old plant residues. When peat soils are oxygenated by drainage and plowing, the carbon rots and emits gases, primarily as CO2. In principle, this corresponds to the burning of fossil fuels although it happens more slowly. Hence, draining of peat soils contributes to increasing the atmospheric concentration of greenhouse gases thereby intensifying global warming.

In this context the Council published a report that includes proposals for a new model for effective regulation and rewetting of Danish carbon rich peat soils. Read More