The research project Novel soil management practices – key for sustainable bioeconomy and climate change mitigation (SOMPA) will develop ecologically and economically sound methods to manage organic soil fields and forests while simultaneously mitigating climate change.

We will produce new scientific knowledge of the mechanisms that regulate methane and carbon dioxide emissions from peatlands with the aim of reducing the emissions in an economic way. We will also draft greenhouse gas (GHG) emission scenarios for the forest industries, peatland management and trends in the human food chain.

Based on the scenarios, draft and decision makers in climate politics will be able to compare the combined mitigation effects and the sufficiency of different emission mitigation scenarios.

The scientific consortium consists of Natural Resources Institute Finland, the Finnish Environment Institute, the University of Eastern Finland, the University of Helsinki and Tyrsky Consulting.

The project is financed by the Strategic Research Council of the Academy of Finland.