We protect mires and peatland in Estonia

  • Estonia
We aim to establish a nature reserve focused on protecting mires and peatlands. This habitat, renowned for its diverse and unique biodiversity, is crucial in our climate emergency fight thanks to its strong carbon storage capacity.
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What will we do?

We aim to establish a nature reserve rich in peatlands, mire, bogs and grasslands and protect it together with the local communities. Estonia still has some pristine habitats and we aim to keep it that way. By restoring degraded land along the edges of the untouched nature, we ultimately strive to create a balanced ecosystem that maximizes its carbon storage potential and helps many species like waders, bears, wolves, and lynxes survive and thrive.

The cost of 1 hectare of peatland is around 1,500 – 2,000€.

Why this project?

In Europe, mires, peatland and bogs are under heavy pressure these days. They are harvested as fertile soil for potting ground and the biggest parts are also used for gas extraction.

Impact on climate change

Carbon sequestration

It is well-known that mires, bogs and peatland are among the habitats with the biggest carbon storage potential in Europe.

We therefore believe they need urgent protection. These habitats shouldn’t be harvested for their soil or gas supplies any longer.

Impact on biodiversity

Small ecosystems

Mires, bogs and peatlands are a fantastic biodiverse ecosystem. The mosses that build up this entire ecosystem keep the environment moist. A diverse pallet of typical plants, a big amount of insects and beautiful animals profit from this wet situation.

It is the perfect breeding ground for rare waders, while bears, wolves, lynxes and other carnivores also wander around. in this habitat

Impact on the community

Improving livelihoods

We do believe mires, bogs and peatland play a crucial role in the water householding of the surroundings. Farmers can profit from a stable water householding, while the ecosystem also protects them against heavy flooding or erosion.

These places are the diamonds of the landscape. They are valuable for ecotourism, walkers and birdwatchers. When managed properly, a nature reserve can bring a welcome extra income to remote places.


of the world's terrestrial carbon stocks are held by wetlands


of the world's species live and breed in wetlands


bird species depend on wetlands for their survival

Your contact person

Have questions about this project? Feel free to reach out to Billy.

David Billy Herman

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