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Functions of peatlands

According to the "Wise Use of Mires and Peatlands" by Donal Clarke and Hans Joosten (2002), the following functions of mires and peatlands can be identified:

Instrumental values

Instrumental values are values, that an entity has as a means to an end, a function. For peatlands and mires, this means:

Material life-support values

Production functions:

Carrier functions - providing space for

Regulation functions:


Non-material life-support values

Informational functions:

Transformation and option functions:


Intrinsic value

Furthermore, peatlands have an intrinsic moral value, the value an entity has in itself, irrespective of its importance to others.

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