Finding long-term solutions for degraded peat land
World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF)
This video documents the background to, and research carried out by, a team of Indonesian and international scientists to help the Tanjung Jabung Barat district government on the Indonesian island of Sumatra identify which parts of the district have been producing the most greenhouse gasses from different land uses and how to solve the problem of emissions from the extensive areas of degraded peatland. Each of the more than 400 district governments in the country are required to prepare plans to reduce greenhouse gasses as part of the national government’s commitment to a reduction of up to 41% by 2025. Preparing such plans is a challenge for most districts owing to a shortage of skilled staff. Through the Securing Ecosystems and Carbon Benefits by Unlocking Reversal of Emissions Drivers in Landscapes (Secured Landscapes) project funded by the Norwegian Agency for Development Cooperation, the World Agroforestry Centre has been working with the Tanjung Jabung Barat government and farmers to find land-use options that will contribute to reducing emissions, particularly, those from peat land.