Party for the Animals wants an urgent approach to peat oxidation in Groningen

Party for the Animals wants an urgent approach to peat oxidation in Groningen
Party for the Animals wants an urgent approach to peat oxidation in Groningen

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The current strategy of the province of Groningen regarding peat oxidation is insufficient to solve the problems in time. That is the opinion of the Parliamentary Party of the Party for the Animals. The party calls on the provincial government to stop the phenomenon as soon as possible.

Peat oxidation occurs when peat comes into contact with oxygen. As a result, the peat slowly ‘burns’. As a result, the peat layer becomes thinner, resulting in drying out and subsidence. This can cause houses to crack and sag. Large amounts of CO₂ are also released from settled peat soils. Low water levels can speed up this process.

Recently, the province of Groningen presented the Regional Peat Pasture Strategy, with plans to combat the phenomenon. According to the Party for the Animals, however, this plan ‘breathes’ a lot of slowness and a wait-and-see attitude. The faction fears a sticky process, because the province will only start working in a limited area in 2026.

“Causes, consequences and successful approach are all known, there is no need for the province to think about possible measures for another four years,” said Member of Parliament Ankie Voerman. “Whether the province and farmers want to believe it or not, the process of peat degradation can only be stopped by raising the water level. And don’t limit that to a few search areas, but arrange it in all areas with peat soil to prevent further damage to homes due to subsidence and cracking.”

On Wednesday, September 28, the party will submit two motions to encourage the province to accelerate the approach.

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