APCW 2023: Enhancing peatland conservation advancements in carbon measurement (16/11/2023)
Tropical peatlands are among the Earth’s most valuable ecosystems in the fight against climate change. They store vast amounts of carbon in the form of organic matter that has accumulated over thousands of years. These peatlands cover extensive areas in countries like Indonesia, Malaysia, and the Amazon Basin, making their conservation essential for mitigating the global climate crisis. To protect these ecosystems and gauge their carbon storage potential, cutting-edge carbon measurement techniques are indispensable. Tools such as remote sensing, ground-based measurements such as ground water level (GWL), and comprehensive carbon accounting systems are vital for deciphering carbon dynamics in tropical peatlands. They guide conservation endeavours and enable informed decision-making for restoration projects.
This side event at Asia-Pacific Climate Week 2023 aimed to promote collaboration and provide participants with insights into the latest carbon measurement technologies and strategies to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from peatlands. Participants had the opportunity to share their experiences. A panel discussion featuring experts and practitioners in peatland conservation, carbon measurement, and policy development was held. The discussion covered topics such as methodology for calculating GHG from ground water level, best practices, and policy development. The side event was organized by CIFOR, the Ministry of Environment and Forestry, Republic of Indonesia, the Global Peatlands Initiative, and the International Tropical Peatlands Center (ITPC).