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UN resolution passed calling for urgent action on peatlands

May 25, 2019
News item image Discussions on the draft peatlands resolution at the 4th United Nations Environment Assembly. Photo by Dianna Kopansky

This March, a UN Resolution was passed that urges member states to conserve, sustainably manage, and restore their peatlands. This is a welcome development because peatlands are found in 180 countries, cover approximately 3% of the Earth’s land area, and provide habitats for diverse flora and fauna. Moreover, peatlands store vast amounts of soil carbon and are a major sink for carbon dioxide. Read more.