Peatland management and wet livelihood opportunities in Indonesia

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Organized with the technical support of FAO and partners under the project: Global Peatlands Initiative


FAO and project partners support Indonesia’s efforts to integrate peatland considerations into relevant national planning and policy processes, including options for conservation, protection, restoration, sustainable use, and their monitoring. The suggested online workshop organized through 2 sessions aims to showcase concrete opportunities for Indonesia to further develop and scale-up positive experience with sustainable peatland management.

Indonesia’s lead on tropical peatland management and monitoring will be illustrated. The sessions will elaborate a selection of best-practice cases of sustainable peatland use, emphasizing sustainable livelihood opportunities and the potential of wet management practices, water governance and landscape-level approaches. The sessions will also cover recommendations for planning at different levels to advance sustainable livelihoods within peatland landscapes.

The workshop will be organized by FAO, in close collaboration with the GPI focal points within the Indonesian Government, UNEP and Greifswald Mire Centre, partners to the Global Peatlands Initiative project, as well as the International Tropical Peatlands Centre.


The main objectives of the workshop are to:

  • Increase understanding on key factors to plan, implement and monitor existing successful wet, sustainable management approaches for livelihoods in Indonesian peatlands,
  • Showcase existing successful wet, sustainable management approaches for livelihoods in Indonesian peatland landscapes,
  • Present how the Global Peatlands Initiative supports the integration of peatlands into key policy frameworks,
  • Share the results of the GPI’s Peatland Needs and capacity assessment, helps actors to better support different stakeholders, and
  • Start collecting case studies on wet peatland management for livelihoods.
The online workshop will offer a space for exchange, learning and provide a platform to collect inputs and feedback by participants.

Key questions

The event will focus on the following questions:
Session 1

  1. What examples exist for successful sustainable value chain, finance and policy development for improving peatland management?
  2. What other landscape-level approaches exist that help to maintain peatlands wet ensuring communities’ livelihoods?

Session 2

  1. How can the Global Peatlands Initiative complement and support Indonesia to conserve and sustainably manage their peatlands?
  2. What opportunities, gaps and needs exist for long-term sustainable management of tropical peatlands?
  3. What would be the key next steps to support further development of sustainable management practices on degrading peatlands?

Expected outputs

  • Participants’ awareness and knowledge of the topics strengthened,
  • Feedback and inputs of participants on remaining gaps, needs and questions compiled, and disseminated,
  • Ideas for sustainable peatland management case studies, and
  • Recordings and summary of the workshop contributing to background document for the GPI members’ international meeting.


Livelihoods in wet peatland landscapes of Indonesia – 2,5hrs

Presentation topicProposed Speaker
Welcome and technical guidance. Introduction of participants; and to the workshop’s working mode FAO
Opening remarks and keynote: Landscape-level livelihood approaches for reduced poverty, fires and greenhouse gas emissions Alue Dohong, Vice Minister MoEF
Background: Global Peatlands Initiative in Indonesia & SouthSouth Cooperation Dianna Kopansky, Global Peatlands Initiative, UNEP
Overall objectives of the workshop & Outline and objectives of session 1; Results of the needs assessment and the summary of participants Elisabet Rams-Beltran, FAO
Presentation – Potential commodities and capacity development approaches Marinus Kristiadi Harun, FOERDIA
Presentation – Case study: Nyamplung for bioenergy and peatland restoration Siti Maimunah, University Muhammadiyah Palangkaraya
Presentation – Policy development and instruments for improving peatland management Sri Parwati Murwani Budisusanti, MOEF
Panel discussion, questions and answers: What are the key factors to: plan and implement existing successful wet, sustainable management approaches for livelihoods in Indonesian peatlands? All participants
Facilitation: Maria Nuutinen, FAO
ConclusionsSonya Dewi, ICRAF
Feedback collected, invitation to session 2, and closing Adam Gerrand, FAO


Founding member states
Republic of Indonesia Republic of the Congo Democratic Republic of the Congo Republic of Peru
Coordinating partners
Ministry of Environment and Forestry Republic of Indonesia CIFOR UN Environment FAO