Managing tropical peatlands is a new political urgency that requires strong commitments of multistakeholders to conserve for sustainable use of peatland
Many international initiatives urge to save a peatlands – the largest terrestrial organic soil carbon stock, which contain almost 100 times more carbon than tropical forests. The initiation seeks mobilize governments, international organizations and academia in an effort to protect peatlands. Conventions, agreements, tractates and more; have been become a binding commitment of countries/parties to save the peat; such Convention on Climate Change, Convention on Desertification, and Convention on Biodiversity.
The Indonesian Government brought with it an inspiring story of successful peatland management which it had the chance to present up on the world stage. In regard for respective above mentioned, lead up trajectories, the Government of Indonesia c.q. Ministry of Environment and Forestry has established the International Tropical Peatland Center-ITPC, which also mandated by Jakarta Declaration.
As the first activity of ITPC, in collaboration with Research, Development, and Innovation (FOERDIA) and Peatland Restoration Agency (BRG), support by International Peatland Society (IPS), and the Japan Peatland Society (JPS), to extend an initiative, will convene a Tropical Peatland Roundtable Discussion to bring Jakarta Declaration takes into action. The main goal of the event is to promote ITPC and to discuss various issues such as integrate monitoring system in tropical peatland, integrate restoration model based on KHG (peat hydrological units), the need scientific versus information gaps as well as promoting capacity building.