16. Restoration of Mires

  1. Jelte van Andel5 and
  2. James Aronson6
  1. Ab P. Grootjans1,
  2. Rudy Van Diggelen2,
  3. Hans Joosten3 and
  4. Alfons J. P. Smolders4

Published Online: 15 MAY 2012

DOI: 10.1002/9781118223130.ch16

Restoration Ecology: The New Frontier, Second edition

Restoration Ecology: The New Frontier, Second edition

How to Cite

Grootjans, A. P., Van Diggelen, R., Joosten, H. and J. P. Smolders, A. (2012) Restoration of Mires, in Restoration Ecology: The New Frontier, Second edition (eds J. van Andel and J. Aronson), John Wiley & Sons, Ltd, Chichester, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781118223130.ch16

Editor Information

  1. 5

    University of Groningen, Community and Conservation Ecology Group, P.O. Box 11103, 9700 CC Groningen, the Netherlands

  2. 6

    Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (CNRS-U.M.R. 5175), Centre d'Écologie Fonctionnelle et Évolutive (CEFE), 1919 route de Mende, 34293 Montpellier Cedex 5, France

Author Information

  1. 1

    University of Groningen, Center for Energy and Environmental Studies, Nijenborgh 4, 9747 AG Groningen, the Netherlands; and Radboud University Nijmegen, Institute of Water and Wetland Research (IWWR), P.O. Box 9010, 6500 GL Nijmegen, the Netherlands

  2. 2

    University of Antwerp, Ecosystems Management Group, Department of Biology, Universiteitsplein 1-C, B-2610 Wilrijk, Belgium

  3. 3

    Ernst Moritz Arndt University of Greifswald, Institute of Botany and Landscape Ecology, Grimmer Strasse 88, 17489 Greifswald, Germany

  4. 4

    Radboud University, Nijmegen, Institute for Water and Wetland Research, (IWWR), P.O. Box 9010, 6500 GL Nijmegen, the Netherlands

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 15 MAY 2012
  2. Published Print: 13 APR 2012

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781444336351

Online ISBN: 9781118223130



  • restoration of mires;
  • ‘mires’, as wetland, lands covered by shallow waters;
  • restoration of damaged mires, a focus on Europe;
  • undisturbed mire systems;
  • ‘Blanket bogs’, a blanket covering over Ireland and Scotland;
  • terrestrialization mires, diverse Eutrophic plant communities;
  • spring fens, fed by groundwater discharge;
  • changing from natural mires, to disturbed ecosystems;
  • peatlands in Kalimantan, Indonesia;
  • beyond threshold of repair, rehabilitation of wetland


This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Introduction

  • Undisturbed Mire Systems

  • Causes of Disturbance of Natural Mires

  • Restoration Approaches, Successes and Failures

  • Perspectives

  • Acknowledgements