Peatlands as a safe haven for rare and threatened biodiversity
What does a peatland in Poland have to do with a peatland in north-west Senegal?
They are linked by the migration path of the aquatic warbler (Acrocephalus paludicola). Dun-colored and diminutive – adults weigh just 12 grams– the species is the rarest passerine bird in mainland Europe. “Species do not go extinct alone – they represent an ecosystem,” said Franziska Tanneberger, director of the Greifswald Mire Centre and a panelist in a Global Peatlands Initiative-hosted session, ‘Peatlands as a super nature-based solution to climate change, and a refuge for unique and threatened biodiversity,’ at the recent Global Landscapes Forum Biodiversity Digital Conference.