Bogs cover about 10.5% of Latvia’s territory. The Latvian Center for Environment, Geology and Meteorology has available data on more than 9,600 mires, or rather peat, because some of them are drained and some are covered with forest. More than 1100 sites are larger than 100 ha. The largest is the Teiči Mire, located in the Teiči Nature Reserve. It covers an area of 19 587 ha. In total, 1.5 billion tonnes of 40% wet, different types of peat have accumulated in the fields. By comparison, Estonia has 2.4 billion tonnes and Lithuania 0.9 billion tonnes. Relatively large resources, when it comes to per capita peat: we are 8-10th in the world as this relatively small area accounts for about 0.4% of the world’s peat reserves.
Peat is one of the few natural resources in Latvia. So it is the wealth of our nature and our economy.