re:wet / peat:lab

Wiedervernässung von Mooren leicht gemacht / rewetting peatlands made easy

Milan Bardo Bergheim

Oktober / October - 2021

Kunsthochschule Berlin Weissensee

Master of Arts


Germany was once rich in peatlands. In order to use them for agriculture, 97% of these areas were drained. This results in oxidation processes - peatlands are responsible for 5% of Germany's CO2 emissions. Rewetting stops these emissions, but gigantic areas have to be rewetted - a paradigm shift. The project "re:wet" coordinates this and simplifies the extensive surveying. In peat:lab, farmers align terrain heights, water levels, peat thickness and vegetation composition. All data is collected in a digital twin. Based on this data, rewetting procedures are planned, contracted and monitored. In addition greenhouse gas emissions are modeled, certified and traded, and biomass is distributed. Re:wet means: smart and holistic coordinated land conversion and the support of climate-friendly and regional value chains.