Deutschland-Nederland Paludi & Markt

Paludi & Market

In Germany and the Netherlands, it is desired
that thousands of hectares of peatlands are rewetted in the coming years to prevent
oxidation of the peat. Greenhouse gas emissions from peat oxidation are
substantial: in DE. the emission is about 51 Mton CO2 eq or 5.7% of total
emissions; in NL. it is about 7 Mton CO2eq or 4% of total emissions.
Humidification slows peat degradation. To make the choice of humidification
attractive to farmers, a balanced revenue model is needed. There is limited experience with
growing crops on plots with a high water table (paludiculture). Such
cultivation can develop if production matches market demand. In this project,
the emphasis is on the cultivation of cattail for substrate production. This
market is still largely dependent on (imported) peat (excavated peat), but the
producers will switch to other products that reduce peat use in the coming
years. The market (demand) is extensive, Germany and the Netherlands together
process about 13 million m3 of peat per year.  The Paludi & Market project focuses on the coherence of two aspects:
scaling up cattail cultivation as an agricultural activity and the use of
cattail as a peat substitute in substrate production. This involves abandoning
the small-scale, experimental phase; the work will take place in a relevant
production environment with market parties – this development fits TRL level 6
and 7.  It concerns concrete development
steps such as: the optimization of cattail production; choice of the cattail
variety; optimisation of the inundation process; monitoring of: water quality,
biodiversity and CO2 capture; optimization of substrate production for
commercial use; the optimization of storage and processing of the cattail
material; alignment with customer specifications. With ample attention for
dissemination and communication.


Planned project costs

1.064.086,10 €

Project Duration

1.1.2023 - 30.4.2026


A greener programme area

Lead Partner

Stichting Bargerveen

Project partners

Weerbaar Telen, Energiewert Cloppenburg GmbH, Radboud Universiteit, Jiffy Products International BV, Stichting Biosintrum, De Nije Mieden, Böske Substrat- und Torfwerk GmbH, 3 N Kompetenzzentrum e.V., Mulder Agro bv, Prolander, Klasmann-Deilmann GmbH, Bouwgroep Dijkstra Draisma, Carl von Ossietzky Universität Oldenburg, Universität Greifswald, Universität Vechta, Provincie Drenthe, Rijksuniversiteit Groningen,


Financer Amount
3 N Kompetenzzentrum e.V. 45.085,95 €
Böske Substrat- und Torfwerk GmbH 60.008,55 €
De Nije Mieden 50.400,00 €
EFRE / EFRO 407.510,64 €
Energiewert Cloppenburg GmbH 54.904,50 €
Jiffy Products International BV 45.085,95 €
MB Niedersachsen 87.323,70 €
Ministerie van Economische Zaken en Klimaat 52.394,24 €
Mulder Agro bv 52.290,00 €
Provincie Drenthe 3.730,42 €
Provincie Fryslân 11.393,50 €
Provincie Gelderland 19.805,58 €
Radboud Universiteit 19.312,02 €
Stichting Bargerveen 119.828,80 €
Stichting Biosintrum 35.012,25 €