Life to ad(d)mire - Life to ad(d)mire – Restoring drained and overgrowing wetlands

LIFE08 NAT/S/000268

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Contact details:

Project Manager: Lisa TENNING
Tel: 46 63 146274
Email: Lisa.Tenning@lansstyrelsen.se

Project description:


Wetlands have an important role to play in preserving biodiversity. Many plants and animals depend on wetland biotopes, and nearly 15% of Sweden’s threatened species live in peatlands or on freshwater margins. Hydrological changes and plant invasion in wetlands adversely affect the animals and plants that live there. Tall plant- and forest invasion in drained mires is a major problem for several bird species and for the plants displaced by the invaders. Invasion of wetlands can also be caused by the release of plant nutrients on neighbouring lands through forestry activities. Nitrogen deposition is a contributing factor to vegetation changes in some regions. Some parts of the wetlands have historically been used as meadows, but agricultural modernisation has made this use unprofitable and therefore almost none of these sites are in use today. Several species live in these sites, but their populations are decreasing or becoming extinct because of overgrowth and new management practices. Southern Sweden in particular has seen a significant loss of wetlands (e.g. approximately 90% in Skåne region). Sweden nevertheless remains one of most wetland rich countries in the world.


The project aims to halt the decrease of targeted habitats and species at 35 Natura 2000 sites through hydrological restoration and vegetation measures. One positive outcome would be that the current loss of CO2 (due to drained peat) will stop. And, hopefully most of the hydrologically restored active bogs will revert to being carbon sinks. The project area encompasses 40 430 ha of Natura 2000 areas (35 Natura 2000 sites) and the project is directly targeting 3 852 ha. This area includes the priority habitats 7110* active raised bogs (3% of the habitat area inside all Natura 2000 areas in Sweden) and 7310* - Aapa mires (1%). The project is also targeting substantial parts of the habitats 7120 - degraded raised bogs (57% of the Swedish population within Natura 2000 areas) and 7230 - alkaline fens (2.5%). The project also aims to disseminate information on wetland ecology and the importance of mires to the public and to management staff and landowners.

Expected results:

  • 2 885 ha of drained wetland will be hydrologically restored;
  • 1 866 ha of overgrown wetland will be cleared;
  • A 7.7 ha shallow lake will be opened;
  • 13 ha of wetland hay meadows will be restored.
  • After completion of the restoration work, the “meadow sites” will be in such a condition as to enable further maintenance to be financed through the EU´s agro-environmental subsidies where continuous management is needed (the hay meadows). In other parts, the natural processes will be restored in such way that no more active management will be needed for at least two decades. The above measures are expected to favour both the species indicated in the Habitats Directive or Birds Directive as well as targeted habitats.



Environmental issues addressed:


Species - Birds
Habitats - Bogs and Mires


protected area‚  wetlands ecosystem‚  restoration measure

Target EU Legislation

  • Nature protection and Biodiversity
  • Directive 79/409 - Conservation of wild birds (02.04.1979)
  • Directive 92/43 - Conservation of natural habitats and of wild fauna and flora- Habitats Directiv ...

Target species

 Grus grus   Meesia longiseta   Philomachus pugnax   Pluvialis apricaria   Ranunculus lapponicus   Saxifraga hirculus   Tetrao tetrix tetrix   Vertigo genesii   Vertigo geyeri 

Target Habitat types

  • 7110 - Active raised bogs
  • 7120 - Degraded raised bogs still capable of natural regeneration
  • 7230 - Alkaline fens
  • 7310 - Aapa mires

Natura 2000 sites

SCI SE0720215 Brötarna
SCI SE0720362 Tysjöarna
SCI SE0720420 Stensundet



Coordinator Länsstyrelsen Jämtlands Län
Type of organisation Regional authority
Description The county administrative board of Jämtland is a regional authority whose responsibilities include nature conservation, environmental issues, hunting and fishing, the cultural environment, social services, animal welfare and trade and industry. Using its wide-reaching areas of responsibilities, the regional body is able to promote the exchange of knowledge and experiences of nature conservation, and can help disseminate successful results within the authority.
Partners County administrative board of Dalarna, Sweden County administrative board of Östergötland, Sweden County administrative board of Jönköping, Sweden County administrative board of Kronoberg, Sweden County administrative board of Västernorrland, Sweden County administrative board of Skåne, Sweden


Project reference LIFE08 NAT/S/000268
Duration 01-JAN-2010 to 31-DEC -2015
Total budget 6,813,474.00 €
EU contribution 3,406,737.00 €
Project location Östra Mellansverige(Sverige),Småland med Öarna(Sverige),Sydsverige(Sverige),Västsverige(Sverige),Norra Mellansverige(Sverige),Mellersta Norrland(Sverige)


Read more:

Brochure "Restaurering av en värdefull naturtyp MYREN: Erfarenheter fran projektet Life to ad(d)mire" (10.4 MB)
Leaflet "Rewetting drained forest in Southern Sweden. IN : ...
Project web site Project's website


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