Indonesia, as one of the founder of the International Tropical Peatlands Center (ITPC) together with Republic of Congo and Democratic Republic of Congo, are recognizing mutual understanding about the importance of sharing lessons learned from different peatlands project initiatives in each country.
ITPC with one of its core functions that is to ensure that policy makers, practitioners and communities have access to sound, credible and legitimate information, analyses, and all other tools needed to design and implement sustainable management of tropical peatlands will commence its activity by collecting and sharing latest information on peatlands project initiatives in Indonesia through Focus Group Discussion (FGD).
The FGD is one option to overcome challenges in identifying, mapping, tracking and compiling information on peatlands project initiatives that have been carried out by many researchers and practitioners as well as gathering information on the activities, processes, and describing latest status, assignments and its performance.
- The Focus group discussion on ‘Collecting and Sharing Status of Peatlands Project Initiatives in Indonesia,’ is an effort to develop general results and core data collections in peatland research initiatives and monitoring to promote and endorse ITPC scientific profile.
- The FGD is part of knowledge management project by conducting a series of activities for gathering, tracking, compiling data on peatlands project initiatives in Indonesia, Republic of Congo, Democratic Republic of the Congo and possibly Peru and ASEAN countries
- The FGD considerably as one way for further steps of ITPC project data management (knowledge management)
- Compilation of information on peatlands projects initiatives in Indonesia
- Compilation of information on the scope and status of Indonesia’s peatland activities
- Compilation of materials including technology, model, design, tool, map on peatlands in Indonesia
- Compilation of experiences on peatland best management practices in Indonesia
- Compilation of results analysis for strategic peatlands knowledge and its product in Indonesia
Later the information will be compiled into data collection to provide better information on projects, monitoring, reporting ongoing peatland restoration activities. The data collection will also be used for building cross-disciplinary collaboration across tropical peatlands that enable the synthesis of data and trends globally, to inform future policies at national and international levels.
The FGD will also be used as a forum to express interests and commitments of project managers, donors, private companies and NGOs working on peatlands to collaborate in the ITPC Network. Starting from activities in Indonesia, the network is expected to also include activities in Peru, Republic of Congo and the Democratic Republic of the Congo, as well as other tropical countries that are interested in joining the ITPC.