Peter de Ruyter

laagveen, klimaatverandering, geohydrologie, biodiversiteit, cultuurhistorie

Towards a sustainable peat landscape

peatland, climate change, geohydrology, biodiversity, cultural history

Climate change, sea level rise, weather extremes, soil subsidence and declining biodiversity are reason to try to develop a sustainable water system and land use for the peat landscape in the Lage Midden (Low Midlands) of Friesland (The Netherlands). The main research and design question was: are profitable systems of land use possible in this peat landscape based on a sustainable water system. The land use systems should be in balance with the soil, yield the farmer a good income, and increase nature and landscape values. This question is addressed in a peat studio by excursions, discussions with farmers and designerly research.

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