Focus and Scope

Focus and Scope

Peatlands are the largest natural terrestrial carbon store. They store more carbon than all the other types of vegetation in the world combined and store an estimated 28 gigatons (Gt) of carbon. Degraded peatlands are a major source of greenhouse gas emissions, responsible for nearly 5% of global anthropogenic CO2 emissions. Peatland conservation and restoration can reduce emissions significantly. Countries should include the conservation and restoration of peatlands in their commitments to international agreements, including the Paris Agreement on climate change.

For Indonesia, management and restoration of peatlands is a key pillar of Forestry and Other Land Use (FOLU) NET SINK 2030, a key feature of the government’s efforts to fight climate change. The aim is to achieve a scenario in which greenhouse gas emissions are targeted to be equal to or higher than emissions in the FOLU sector in 2030, and the achievement of Indonesia’s 2030 FOLU NET SINK is estimated to be able to contribute up to 60% to the net zero emissions target country’s revenue by 2060.

The seminar jointly initiated by the University of Palangka Raya and the Center for Ecology and Hydrology, UK with the theme “Sustainable Land Management of Peatlands and beyond for Net Zero, Nature and People in Southeast Asia)”. From this seminar is expected to present research data related to peatland management that runs on tropical peat in Southeast Asia in particular, as a step towards Net Zero. The seminar will be held on April 23RD-24TH, 2024 covering presentation activities (oral and poster) as well as field trips to peat utilization areas and peat restoration areas.

Scope of seminar:

  1. Soil and Greenhouse Gas Emissions
  2. Hydrology and Water Management
  3. Air Pollution and Air Quality
  4. Ecosystem Protection and restoration for carbon, biodiversity and people
  5. Livelihood and socio-economic