Following its soft launching signing, the International Tropical Peatland Center (ITPC) secretariat will extend its promotional activities at GLF Bonn, 1-2 December 2018. Working in partnership with Indonesia’s Ministry of Environment and Forestry, the ITPC secretariat will highlight Indonesia’s effort to promote sustainable forestry and its significant contributions to tackling climate change. Indonesia is one of ITPC’s key partnerships with the country pledging to cut global carbon emissions through the protection of peatlands, and playing an important role in providing information for adaptation and mitigation strategies throughout the world. ITPC will also offer valuable opportunities for cooperation and the sharing of lessons learned in peatlands policy- and decision-making processes at GLF Bonn 2018.
- 1 December 2018
High Level on Opening Plenary would be able disseminate Indonesia’s message to the world acknowledged Indonesia’s peatland management as internationally recognised within a short period of time of three years since 2015.Speakers:
The panel discussion serves as a side event dedicated to launching ITPC initiatives to participants at the Forum. Ministry of Indonesia and ITPC Secretariat hosts the event and will benefit from the large target audience at the Forum as well as from the media attention. The launchpad will feature the honorable ministers of Indonesia, Democratic Republic Congo, Republic of Peru and two international organizations (UNEP and CIFOR).
This session will highlight Indonesia, Peru and the Republic of Congo’s commitments to high level South South Collaboration on management, restoration and protection of peatlands as unique hosts of rare
biodiversity and the world’s largest terrestrial carbon stock. The interactive panel discussion between the Ministers of Environment will involve them sharing their diverse experience on the challenges of sustainable development of peatlands, protection of unique and valued biodiversity, and their commitments to climate change action.
Ministers will also share news on their individual and collective bold moves for joint action to protect peatlands globally and share details on the steps being taken by key tropical peatland partner countries to tackle urgent and imminent threats to tropical peatlands.Speakers:
The session will be opened by HE Siti Nurbaya with an overview of Indonesian peat challenges and actions highlighting experiences from Indonesia, together with other actors in this country, as well as experiences from Botswana and Peru on the different angles that governments, private sector, and research institutes currently use to tackle multiple challenges to sustainably managing peatlands in a changing world.
In the spirit of intra-tropical cooperation this session will share “Lessons learned and best practices for the management of tropical peatlands: An inter-tropical dialogue”. Linked to the need to advance towards creative land management solutions, Indonesia, Peru and Botswana will share practical insights into their on-going activities on how they are working toward sustainably managing their tropical peatlands. Their lessons highlight the diversity of socio-economic and climatic contexts as well as varying goals in relation to peatlands conservation, restoration, agricultural production and ecotourism. This session will share the challenges and innovative solutions that different sectors and partners have come to as a compromise between supporting livelihoods, supporting production, and maintaining the ecosystem services provided by these valuable and unique yet fragile ecosystems, in a changing world.
Peatlands are found all over the world, they come in many forms, display many different characteristics and are used in many different ways. Although they only cover a small percent of the global land surface, they contain twice as much carbon as the world’s forests. With a long-recognized presence in boreal ecosystems, tropical peatlands are now gaining momentum not only because their deposits are more extended and deeper than previously thought, but because they are suffering imminent threats.
Peatlands are highly efficient carbon sinks that have been storing dead organic material for the past 15,000 years. Current development activities and climate change are however threatening to release these stored carbon deposits through droughts, drainage, land cover changes, and fire. This release has large consequences not only for climate change (increasing the atmospheric concentration of CO2) but also as a threat to economies and human health in the form of regional haze through fire.
Despite their importance, tropical peatlands are one of the least understood and monitored ecosystems in the tropics. This lack of knowledge must be addressed as peatlands become more accessible through development and in large-scale commodity investments. Historically, throughout many peatland areas, poorly informed policy decisions have created situations resulting in vast land degradation through drainage and fire, which have long-term local and global impacts.
Connected to the Global Peatland Initiative, this session aims to support an inter-tropical dialogue to expose current and future challenges and innovative solutions to best manage peatlands for different goals including conservation, restoration, agricultural production, ecotourism from the perspective of livelihood development, economic growth and ecosystem service protection.