How a peat bog is helping to address climate change

A peatland restoration project in Northern Ireland is helping to create cleaner drinking water while fighting climate change.

The swamp is located on the shores of Loch Bradan in County Tyrone, which supplies water to the Omagh and Drumquin areas.

It is part of a restoration project by NI Water, in partnership with the Forest Service.

Using a technique called cell pooling, the Lough Bradan swamp now holds water in the underlying peat and filters what enters the lake.

Rebecca Allen of NI Water said: “The clustering of cells encourages the growth of important mosses that retain water and raise the water table.

“This slows the flow into the Lough from the surrounding areas, which will filter the water that flows into the Lough for years to come.”

The area has returned to being a working swamp, which means it will have broader environmental impacts by retaining carbon in the form of peat.

Ms. Allen added, “Healthy wetlands can provide a nature-based solution to climate change, so it’s great that this wetland in County Tyrone is now part of that.”

Those behind the project hope that Lough Bradan will serve as a model for future forest and wetland restoration projects in Northern Ireland.

Videojournalist: Niall McCracken

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