Germany Case study – Moor preserving water levels Agri-Environment and Climate Measure (AECM) [Sep. 2019]


2015 - 2020

Raising water levels is a complicated measure involving different authorities and neighbouring landowners. It also faces cultural resistance for decades the practice has been used to drain land rather than rewet it. Here the implementing authority provides a lot of guidance to farmers and takes over the permission process e.g. from water authorities, thereby lowering the administrative burden for farmers. Yet trust needs to be built over time by peer learning among farmers.


Policy Type: Subsidy based on cost incurred

  • Prevents the release of CO2
  • Net-zero compatible
  • Low administrative barriers
  • Safeguards to ensure co-benefits for biodiversity

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