RRR2013 - 1st international conference

This is the webpage of the first international conference on the utilisation of emergent wetland plants “Reed as a Renewable Resource” (RRR2013).

In September 2017 the 2nd international Reed Conference - RRR2017 will take place in Greifswald, Germany.


Conference Volume of Mires and Peat: Reed as a Renewable Resource

The papers in this special issue provide detail on of the central issues of the utilisation of wetland biomass.

Special Volume

Memorandum of the conference

This memorandum is an outcome of the first international conference on the utilisation of emergent wetland plants “Reed as a Renewable Resource” (RRR2013) that took place in Greifswald (Germany) from 14th - 16th February 2013. It endorses and promotes the worldwide protection, restoration and utilisation wetlands for multiple ecosystem services.

Download the Memorandum (pdf, 0.3 MB)

Aim of the conference

The use of wetland biomass is reflected by research activities going on all over Europe. With this conference we want to bring together the various actors from research, governance and practice that deal with the utilization of reed. The main objective of the conference is building networks, detecting research demands and in particular exchanging experience and information. Another aim is to accelerate progress in reed energy production and its large scale implementation. Therefore this conference not only addresses scientists but also engineers and companies.

Download the Book of Abstracts (pdf, 3.08 MB)

The Conference tooke place from the early morning of February 14th through the afternoon of February 16th 2013.


The utilization of wetland biomass offers many opportunities to address the increasing and diversifying demand for biomass. Wetland biomass can substitute fossil resources as a raw material for manufacturing and industry and for energy production, using both traditional and new processing lines and techniques. The cultivation and exploitation of reed like common reed, sedges, reed canary grass, cattail, etc. can provide sustainable land use options for wet areas and can reduce competition between biofuel and food production, while maintaining and restoring many other ecosystem services.

Key Topics

  • Products
  • Productivity
  • Chemical and physical properties
  • Harvesting techniques and logistics
  • Biomass processing
  • Economic feasibility
  • Life Cycle Assessments
  • Ecosystem services
  • Case studies/country reports

Organizing Committee

Susanne Abel, University of Greifswald
Tobias Dahms, University of Greifswald & DUENE e.V.
Jan Felix Köbbing, University of Greifswald
Claudia Ohmke, University of Greifswald & DUENE e.V.
Biggi Pelz, University of Greifswald
Christian Schröder, University of Greifswald
Dr. Nathalie Soethe, University of Greifswald
Sabine Wichmann, University of Greifswald & DUENE e.V.
Dr. Wendelin Wichtmann, Michael Succow Foundation & DUENE e.V.
Kerstin Wulf, University of Greifswald