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.