Use artificial barriers to prevent pollution entering peatlands
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Artificial barriers such as sand bags, rocks, plastic curtains, absorbent matting or ditches could be used to separate peatlands from a pollution source. Barriers could prevent pollution from reaching the peatland entirely, or slow it down so it has more time to break down before reaching the peatland. These barriers are likely to be most effective as a short-term intervention to extreme pollution events e.g. oil or chemical spills (Zoltai & Kershaw 1995).
Key peatland types for which this action may be appropriate: bogs, fens/fen meadows, tropical peat swamps.
Related actions: retain or create vegetated buffer zones between pollution source and peatland.
Zoltai S.C. & Kershaw G.P. (1995) Large volume oil spill on land surface: the Vozey oil field, Russia. Proceedings of the 18th Arctic and Marine Oil Spill Program Technical Seminar, Environment Canada, Ottawa, 1177–1186.
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This Action forms part of the Action Synopsis:Peatland Conservation
Peatland Conservation - Published 2018