2nd International conference on the utilization of wetland plants

Renewable resources from wet and rewetted peatlands

Greifswald, Germany
September 26th - 28th 2017

The use of wetland biomass has a long tradition in human history and has been revived by global research activities on renewable resources. This conference brings together the various actors from research, governance and practice that deal with the utilisation of wetland plants. The focus is on paludiculture, i.e. agriculture and forestry on wet or rewetted peatlands. The main objectives of the conference are building and fostering networks, exchanging experience and information as well as identifying research demands. Therefore, this conference addresses scientists, land owners, land users and environmentalists alike.

Concluding statement of the RRR2017 conference

This final statement is an outcome of the second international conference on the utilisation of wetland plants “Renewable resources from wet and rewetted peatlands” (RRR2017).

Concluding statement of the RRR2017 conference (pdf | 0.5 MB)

Proceedings of the RRR2017 conference

Proceedings of the RRR2017 conference (pdf | 2.6 MB)


The production and utilisation of wetland biomass offers manifold opportunities to address the increasing and diversifying demand for biomass and can reduce the competition between biofuel and food production. Wetland biomass can substitute fossil resources as a raw material for manufacturing and industry and for energy production, using both traditional and new processing lines and techniques. The cultivation and exploitation of reed plants like common reed, sedges, reed canary grass and cattail, of tree species like alder or of peatmoss (Sphagnum farming) can provide sustainable land use options for peatlands. The rewetting of degraded peatlands for paludiculture reduces greenhouse gas emissions and restores many other ecosystem services like nutrient removal, water retention and habitat provision. Key topics

The detailed programme can be downloaded here.


The conference did include three keynotes on paludiculture and climate change, water and improved livelihoods.

Prof Dr Hans Joosten
Hans Joosten studied biology and worked as researcher and policy officer in the Netherlands. Since 1996 he leads the De­part­ment of Peatland Studies and Palaeoecology of Greifswald Uni­versity (Germany). more...

Prof Dr Ab P. Grootjans
Ab Grootjans worked at the University of Groningen and at the Radboud University Nij­megen. His main field of expertise is eco-hydrology of wetlands. more...

Faizal Parish
Faizal Parish is the Director of the Global Environment Centre, a Malaysian non-profit organ­ization working throughout East and Southeast Asia on forest and peatland management, biodiversity, water resources and climate change. more...

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Special issue in Mires & Peat
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