From CIFOR: New toolbox to protect wetlands

The Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR) launched a learning toolbox for its Sustainable Wetlands Adaptation Mitigation Program (SWAMP), a research program that aims to inform policy makers on the crucial role of tropical wetlands in climate change adaptation and mitigation strategies…More

Indonesia, home to most of the world’s mangrove forests, has lost more than 26 percent of them since 1980—the equivalent of losing an area the size of New York City every 18 months.

Meanwhile, more than 100,000 hectares of peatland forests are destroyed each year for oil palm and agricultural plantations. A study found that of the 3,300 tons of carbon per hectare stored in Indonesia’s coastal peatland areas, up to half would be released into the atmosphere over the 100 years following conversion to oil palm plantations—the equivalent of 2,800 years’ worth of accumulated carbon.

Where to begin the daunting task of compiling evidence—and crafting policy—to protect these places?

Enter the SWAMP toolbox. A series of online and downloadable presentations on climate change, wetland ecosystems and how climate change adaptation and mitigation approaches can be developed in wetland ecosystems, the toolbox includes global, national and local perspectives and can be used as a training and educational resource for academia, policy makers and practitioners. It is the latest among a series of capacity building initiatives in SWAMP, which has already trained 300 people across the 25 countries the program operates in.

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Thank you @marenabrinkhurst. This seems like a very useful toolbox. Im sure our paralegal and research teams working on coastal environmental issues could use it.

@mrhegde, @bharatpatel, @meenakshikapoor, @preetivenkatram, @Krithika, would love to hear your views on the toolbox once you’ve had a chance to go through it.

thanks, Manju

It is quite an organised compilation of tools such as Forest emission reference level and procedures of measurement, reporting, verification and accounting of emission factors under different mitigation measures: CDM, ET, JI, NAMA, RED, REDD, REDD+. Many thanks for sharing @marenabrinkhurst!

Thanks for sharing details about this Marena!

We have a link ‘Resources’ on the crowd sourcing website for reporting of environmental non-compliance that’s part of CPR-Namati’s Environmental Justice work. We’re in the process of finalising some features. Seeing this post has made me think that perhaps we can also look into crowd sourcing tools to be featured here. Maybe start with Coastal Regulation Zone (CRZ) related resources and expand to other legislations as the subjects the paralegals engage with also expand. I suppose credibility of resources could pose an issue, but just as we are going to try and verify the reported violations, perhaps we can devise a method by which the resources too could be verified by us?

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