Denial of long-term issues …

Denial of long-term issues with agriculture on tropical peatlands will have devastating consequences

Reference: Global Change Biology 23: 977-982
Authors: Wijedasa, L, Jauhiainen, J., Könönen, M, et al.
Year: 2016
Abstract: The first International Peat Congress (IPC) held in the tropics – in Kuching (Malaysia) – brought together over 1000 international peatland scientists and industrial partners from across the world (“International Peat Congress with over 1000 participants!,” 2016). The congress covered all aspects of peatland ecosystems and their management, with a strong focus on the environmental, societal and economic challenges associated with contemporary large-scale agricultural conversion of tropical peat. However, recent encouraging developments towards better management of tropical peatlands have been undermined by misleading newspaper headlines and statements first published during the conference.
Key words: tropical peatlands, agriculture, sustainability, emissions, subsidence, oil palm, Acacia
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