Global Peatlands Initiative | Three countries from the global South and Global Peatland Experts share lessons and experiences
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Three countries from the global South and Global Peatland Experts share lessons and experiences

Three countries from the global South and Global Peatland Experts share lessons and experiences

An intense working week saw a major step forward in the global South – solidifying further the commitment of countries and partners to cooperate on protecting tropical peatlands. Ministers, peatland experts, researchers, business owners, community members and diverse stakeholders enthusiastically exchanged lessons, techniques, ideas and innovations in another leap toward action for the Global Peatlands Initiative.

In a groundbreaking move, the Indonesian Minster of Environment and Forestry invited Ministers from the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) and the Republic of Congo (ROC) to spend a working week with her and her team in Indonesia to exchange on policy approaches, institutional setting, monitoring, enforcement and regulations for peatlands restoration, protection and management. 

This exchange was an immediate follow-up to the commitments Indonesia, DRC and ROC made when they signed the historic Brazzaville Declaration on Peatlands in March earlier this year (2018). As part of the Global Peatlands Initiative, Ministers and international experts and organizations have committed to share experiences and knowledge on one of the most unique and underappreciated ecosystems on Earth – peatlands.

Left: High-level ministerial exchange, Jakarta (10/29/2018) with Executive Director of UN Environment, Erik Solheim (left), the Minister of Environment and Forestry of the Republic of Indonesia, Dr.Ir. Siti Nurbaya Bakar M.Sc (center left), the Minister of Tourism and the Environment of the Republic of Congo, Arlette Soudan-Nonault (center right), Director, Ministry of Environment and Sustainable Development, Democratic Republic of Congo, Mr. Jose Ilanga Lofonga.
Right: Knowledge exchange with Raffles Panjaitan, Director, Forest and Land Fire Management, Ministry of Forestry, Indonesia , Kubu Raya, Pontianak, West Kalimantan (10/27/2018).
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During the high-level visit, they pledged their continued commitment to work together to protect and sustainably manage tropical peatlands. Exchanges included best practices for peatlands protection and management, peatland fire detection and suppression, options for drainage free livelihoods, and included demonstration of the restoration efforts of private sector stakeholders.

Left: Minister of Tourism and Environment Republic of Congo, Arlette Soudan-Nonault is instructed on peatland fire detection and suppression by trained firefighters from the Ministry of Environment and Forestry of the Republic of Indonesia, Kubu Raya, Pontianak, West Kalimantan (10/27/2018).
Right: Restoration efforts of private sector stakeholder, PT Mayangkara Tanaman Industri (MTI) (10/28/2018). 
Photos by Ricky Martin/CIFORcifor.orgforestsnews.cifor.org

Left: The Global Peatlands Initiative partners learn about best practices for peatlands protection and management from experts from the Ministry of Environment and Forestry of the Republic of Indonesia, Kubu Raya, Pontianak, West Kalimantan (10/27/2018).
Right: Delegates see peatlands that are being used for plantations, with a block dedicated to conservation in Kubu Raya, Pontianak, West Kalimantan (10/27/2018).
Photos by Ricky Martin/CIFORcifor.orgforestsnews.cifor.org

During the working week, Indonesia and the Republic of Congo signed the first ever agreement on the protection and management of peatlands between an African and an Asian country. The five-year memorandum of understanding commits the two to work together to develop sound management of peatland while cooperating in promoting best practice in sustainable peatland management. They also agreed to help each other with capacity building and exchanges of information.

Minister of Environment and Forestry of the Republic of Indonesia, Dr.Ir. Siti Nurbaya Bakar (left) and Minister of Tourism and the Environment of the Republic of Congo, Arlette Soudan-Nonault (right) sign the Memorandum of Understanding. Photo by Ricky Martin/CIFOR cifor.orgforestsnews.cifor.org

To reduce the risk of fire and stop enormous amounts of carbon dioxide being emitted, Indonesia is rewetting over two million hectares of dried out peatland, while scaling up information-sharing on these carbon-rich wetlands globally. Following the horrific peatland fires in Indonesia in 2015, the country has taken steps to curb the mismanagement of peatlands: laws are in place to make sure peatland regulations—including a nationwide ban prohibiting new peatland drainage—are enforced.

The Republic of Congo and Democratic Republic of Congo have committed to protecting the globally significant Cuvette Centrale Peatlands of the Congo Basin from unregulated land use and prevent its drainage and degradation. These are among the world’s largest tropical peatlands – estimated to contain 30 gigatons of carbon – equivalent to 15 years of U.S. emissions.

Read the full coverage by UN Environment: “Four countries from the global South to share peatland experiences” and “South-South cooperation on peatlands: Indonesia, Republic of Congo solidify their collaboration”

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