Can-Peat: Canada’s peatlands as nature-based solutions to climate change

Wednesday, November 23, 2022

The Wetland Soils and Greenhouse Gas Exchange Lab is happy to announce the official start of Can-Peat: Canada’s peatlands as nature-based solutions to climate change. Can-Peat is funded through the Government of Canada’s Environmental Damages Fund. Administered by Environment and Climate Change Canada, $15.8 million is being allocating to six University of Waterloo research projects to identify solutions to environmental challenges. Nationally the CAAF funding was part of a $58 million announcement by Minister Guilbeault for research projects that will advance science and technology to combat climate change. 

Over its 5-year-long lifespan, Can-Peat will quantify the potential of peatland management in Canada to contribute to climate change mitigation. This research will support building a sustainable net-zero emissions economy by 2050. Specific Can-Peat objectives are to: 

  1. Create a Canadian peatland research network   
  1. Compile a database on Canadian peatland C stocks, GHG exchange, and supporting data  
  1. Advance models of peatland C cycling from site to national scale and use these models to evaluate future peatland GHG uptake or emission under changing climate and disturbance regimes 
  1. Investigate mechanisms to implement peatland NbS in Canada and develop a decision-support framework for peatland management 
  1. Communicate findings to partners and provide the tools needed for climate-friendly peatland management and GHG emission reporting related to these activities. 

 We will be launching a website with more details coming soon. In the meantime, you can read more about the project here: 

Can-Peat: Canada’s peatlands as nature-based solutions to climate change | Waterloo Climate Institute ( 

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