The Venice Agreement

Protecting Global Peatlands Locally
On World Peatland Day, June 2nd, 2022, a poetically binding declaration will be signed to inspire local action for peatland protection. The event is organized by the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) Chile, Ensayos, and the Greifswald Mire Centre, in collaboration with TBA21 Academy.





Agreement Days

Press release
Specialists from the disciplines of ecological science, conservation, climate change policy, contemporary art, and representatives from First Nations will share diverse approaches to peatland conservation, and shed light on the critical role that peatlands play in biodiversity, climate mitigation, water quality, culture, and economics.

The assembly will culminate in The Venice Agreement­­, a poetic declaration to protect peatlands around the world at a local scale. The Agreement will be signed on World Peatlands Day (June 2nd, 2022) at TBA21 Academy’s Ocean Space. It will represent a commitment by local and regional organizations, like the Patagonian Peatland Initiative, to establish concrete custodial programs for the ecological and cultural management of peatlands.

The Venice Agreement is a bottom-up approach that responds to the need for smaller local initiatives to be recognized as important contributors to the international peatland conservation process, and to inspire the art of conserving peatlands. Just as each local peatland has had a global impact on the Earth’s climate through the mitigation or emission of greenhouse gasses, locally-scaled conservation efforts are critical for peatland conservation on a global scale.

By creating an opportunity for the sharing of similarities and differences of on-the-ground peatland conservation initiatives from different continents, The Venice Agreement’s aim is to identify global opportunities in funding, policy and commitment to face local challenges for global peatlands conservation.

The Venice Agreement is inspired in part by Turba Tol Hol-Hol Tol, the Chilean Pavilion at La Biennale di Venezia, the 59th International Art Exhibition. Turba Tol Hol-Hol Tol seeks an experimental path towards the effective conservation of peatlands, an effort that is intrinsically linked to the future wellbeing of humanity and, in Patagonia, to the rebirth of the Selk'nam people.

Photo courtesy of Ocean Space ©Enrico Fiorese

Venice agreement Agenda



Day one

8.30 - 9.00

Participants arrive to Ocean Space

9.30 - 10.15

Event kick-off

10.15 -10.50

Section 1 of the Venice Agreement (VA): Introduction and context

10.50 -11.00

Transition break / coffee

11.00 -13.30

Section 2 of the VA: Identifying best practices

13.30 -13.40

Morning wrap up and lunch instructions

13.45 -14.45


14.45 -15.15

Post-lunch dynamic

15.15 -17.00

Section 3 of the VA: Identifying critical needs

17.00 -17.15

Coffee break

17.15 -17.30

Presentation of results from other latitudes

17.30 -17.45

Next steps for the Agreement

17.45 -18.00

Day wrap-up



Day two

9.30 - 10.15

Kick-off for the day at Ocean Space

10.15 - 10.30

Instructions for the morning

10.30 - 14.00

Walk to and from Venice Biennale (Arsenale) to visit Turba Tol and other pavilions

14.00 - 15.00

Lunch back at Ocean Space

15.00 - 17.00

Agreement Proposal: Feedback session

17.00 - 17.10

Transition break

17.10 - 18.20

The Venice Agreement: Looking Forward

18.20 - 19.30

Transition break

19.30 - 21.30

Signing of the Venice Agreement - Open to the public

Master of Ceremonies: Reverend Houston Cypress (Love the Everglades Movement)

Opening words: Dianna Kopansky (Global Peatland Initiative)

Keynote Speakers: Hans Joosten (Professor of Peatland Studies and Palaeoecology, Greifswald Mire Centre) and Bárbara Saavedra (ecologist, director of Wildlife Conservation Society Chile).

Celebration: music by Vera Dvale with scents from the bog by Ensayos

Venice Agreement finishes (or only starts, depending on the point of view)