Tropical Peatland Roundtable Discussion

Managing tropical peatlands is a new political urgency that requires strong commitments of multistakeholders to conserve for sustainable use of peatland , 12 - 16 November 2018 in Batam and Meranti Island.

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.

The main activities are to discuss also develop a network which connect people within the forestry sector, and where multistakeholder, multidimensional debates can flourish;  at around 5 areas: 1) Promoting International Tropical Peatland Center – ITPC; 2) Integrating monitoring system in tropical peatland; 3) International committee for technical consultation; 4) Integrating restoration model based on KHG (peatland hydrological unit); 5) determining a research needs and scientific and information gaps and promoting capacity building, as agenda on the table below.

The side activities may be series of visits, among others is field visit to Meranti Island, Riau Province, including Lukun Village, Tanjung Sari Village, and Sei Tohor Village. The field visit may have to sharing experiences the success tropical peatland management.
  • Day 1
    12 November 2018
  • Day 2
    13 November 2018
  • Day 3
    14 November 2018
  • Day 4
    15 November 2018
  • Day 5
    16 November 2018
09:00 - 10:00
Opening Remarks
  • Forest & Environment Research, Development and Innovation Agency (FOERDIA)
  • Peatland Restoration Agency (BRG)
  • International Peatland Society (IPS)
  • Head of Meranti Island District
Speakers: Agus Justianto, Nazir Foead, Gerald Schmilewski, Irwan Nasir.
10:00 - 10:15
Coffee Break


10:15 - 12:15
Topic I : Promoting the International Tropical Peatland Center (ITPC)

This session is aimed to promote the "International Tropical Peatland Center" (ITPC)

Below are some aspects included:

  1. Scope of work on the ITPC
  2. Organizational Setting
  3. Operational Management

The expected deliverable of this session could be: Committed contribution by partners who involved at the meeting to implement of the International Tropical Peatland Center's strategic plan.

Speakers: Kirsfianti Ginoga, Jack Rieley, Supiandi Sabiham.
Moderator: Bambang Setiadi.
12:15 - 13:30
Lunch Break
13:30 - 15:30
Topic II : Establishment of organizing an "International Committee for Technical Consultation"

This session is aimed to perform International committee for Technical Consultation

Below are some aspects may be included:

  1. Member of the committee
  2. Standard Operational Procedure (SOP) of technical consultation
  3. Guideline in responding emerging issues on responsible peatland management

The expected deliverable of this session could be: the international committee for technical consultation, components of SOP for technical consultation, and guideline to respond emerging issues and research needs; and thereafter an agreement on how to further develop the SOP and guideline in appropriate time.


Speakers: Susan Page, Azwar Maas, Mitsuru Osaki, Marcel Silvius.
Moderator: Alue Dohong.
15:30 - 15:45
Coffee Break
15:45 - 17:00
Concluding Session of Topic I and II
09:00 - 10:30
Topics III : Reporting and discussing progress on the development of an "Integrated Monitoring System"

This session is aimed to gather overviews from work of participants considered as reporting and discussing progress on the development of an "Integrated Monitoring System"

Some aspects may be included, as follow:

  1. Monitoring water tables (water table mapping)
  2. Fire detection and prediction model
  3. Monitoring on land subsidence, land moving, biomass changing (Sentinel, PARSA, INSAR, Photogrammetry)
  4. Carbon flux and accounting system

The expected deliverable of this session is: a new proposal for restoration of tropical peatlands in order to develop an "Integrated Monitoring System", which may align with the objective of the International Tropical Peatland Center" (ITPC)

Speakers: Budi S. Wardhana, Albertus Sulaiman, Osamu Kozan, Haruni Krisnawati, Dirk Haufman.
Moderator: Mitsuru Osaki.
10:30 - 10:45
Coffee break
10:45 - 12:05
Topic IV: Establishment of a "Model Project" for responsible peatland management

This session is aimed to develop work-plan for a model "Model Project" for responsible peatland management

Based on the objective of the Roundtable Meeting aforementioned, it is essential to discuss the possibility of expanding research for restoration of tropical peatland by acknowledging the scientific gaps of work in progress; as well as the benefits of the restoration for the global interest and how it returns to the local communities (for poverty alleviation and climate change mitigation for instance); and how it is accountable towards achieving SDG goals and be part of SDGs mechanism by taking into account the natural capitals.

The expected deliverable of this session is: a new proposal/plan for restoration of tropical peatlands as well as strengthening peat restoration measures for the global and the local

Speakers: Karliansyah, Haris Gunawan, Kosuke Mizuno, Enos Rumansara, Wim Giesen.
Moderator: Laura Graham.
12:15 - 13:15
Lunch Break
13:15 - 15:15

Discussion about developing a book entitled:

  1. Vulnerability and Transformability of Indonesian Peatland
  2. Tropical Peatland Management
15:15 - 15:30
Coffee Break
15:30 - 16:00
Concluding Session of Topic II and III
16:00 - 16:15
16:15 - 16:30
Participants choose the site as offered in agenda for Day 4
16:30 -
City Tour Agenda and Dinner
08:00 - 12:00
Travel from Batam to Selat Panjang
12:30 - 15:30
Lunch and Welcome Party by District Head of Kepulauan Meranti
15:30 -
Spending over night in Selat Panjang
08:00 - 09:00
Site visit to plots of canal blockings, wells, paludiculture

This field trip is aimed to show some pilots of the Peatland Restoration Agency in working with rewetting, revegetation, and revitalization and to gather insights for improvement.

The pilots can be choosen:

  1. In Desa Lukun, a pilot of Sago Plantations, canal blockings, local fish cultivation
  2. In Desa Tanjung Sari, a pilot of honey bee cultivation, canal blocking, coffee, and coconuts
  3. In Desa Sei Tohor, canal blockings, sago plantations, and sago mills

Committee will provide a map presenting the landscape adjacent to the sites, in order to facilitate the discussion from improvement.
Trip Field to chosen site

09:00 - 11:30
Site observation
11:30 - 12:30
Discussion for improvement of the sites and ideas arisen
12:30 - 13:30
Lunch and break at field
13:30 - 15:00
Trip back to Selat Panjang
15:00 - 15:45
Rest and coffee break

Simple presentation form each group (based on sites. Group A: Lukun, Group B=Tanjung Sari, Group C: Tanjung Tohor)

08:00 - 13:00
Trip from Selat Panjang to Jakarta
13:00 - 18:25
Flight from Batam to Jakarta by Garuda

[13.00-14.50 (anyone who would like to take this flight shall leave earlier than 08.00) OR 16.35-18.25 (anyone who would like to take this flight could leave later than 08.00)
Agreement on this schedule is deserved for practicality of field arrangement.


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