Action: Remove residential or commercial development from peatlands
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- We found no studies that evaluated the effects, on peatland vegetation, of removing residential or commercial development from peatlands.
‘We found no studies’ means that we have not yet found any studies that have directly evaluated this action during our systematic journal and report searches. Therefore we have been unable to assess whether or not the action is effective or has any harmful impacts. Please get in touch if you know of such a study for this action.
Removing urban areas, industrial facilities or tourist sites that have been built on or near peatlands could allow the vegetation to recover.
Key peatland types where this action may be appropriate: bogs, fens/fen meadows, tropical peat swamps.
Related actions: rewetting, because peatlands are often drained to allow development or are dried out by drainage of sites nearby; habitat creation and restoration interventions for formerly developed land.