Conserving the Carbon Storehouse in the Marshlands of Kuusikkoaapa, Finland | One Earth
Conserving the Carbon Storehouse in the Marshlands of Kuusikkoaapa, Finland

Credit: Quick Response Fund for Nature

Conserving the Carbon Storehouse in the Marshlands of Kuusikkoaapa, Finland

Organization Snowchange Coooperative of Finland
Category Nature Conservation

There are five main project categories: Energy Transition focuses on renewable energy access and energy efficiency. Nature Conservation includes wildlife habitat protection and ecosystem restoration, as well as Indigenous land rights. Regenerative Agriculture supports farmers, ranchers and community agriculture. Climate Change covers global science efforts, climate adaptation, and social justice work.

Realm Subarctic Eurasia

The Project Marketplace is organized by the major terrestrial realms divided into 14 biogeographical regions – N. America, Subarctic America, C. America, S. America, Afrotropics, Indomalaya, Australasia, Oceania, Antarctica, and the Palearctic realm, which coincides with Eurasia and is divided into Subarctic, Western, Central, Eastern, and Southern regions.

Status ongoing

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Funding Level $$

$$ indicates a project with a funding need between $50,000-$250,000.

Partner Quick Response Fund for Nature

Snowchange Coooperative of Finland is urgently seeking funding to conserve 128 hectares of fully intact middle/north boreal marshmire of international importance slated for open market auction. There is a danger of peat production that would destroy the natural values and the ecosystem of a globally significant marshmire. Kuusikkoaapa is one of the remaining unprotected natural marshmires in Ranua community. Non-profit Snowchange Cooperative runs the Landscape Rewilding Programme and will acquire, conserve, and protect the site. 

The Kuusikkoaapa is considered a aapa mire of international importance for its value as a carbon sink, a biodiversity hotspot, particularly for Arctic waders, and a key area for natural water protection. If purchased, the site will receive a national conservation status equal to IUCN 1b Strict Natural Protection.

Non-profit Snowchange Cooperative is a network of northern traditional and Indigenous communities. The land purchase will benefit the traditional land uses and needs of the local community of Ranua. Kuusikkoaapa will be used as a recreational, traditional land use area, including cultural and traditional well-being of Ranua community. Representatives of Ranua be involved in the steering and co-governance all conservation and future actions, including inventories and to-be-established ranger programs.

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