Restoration of tropical peatlands

RESTORPEAT will coordinate the activities of 13 international partners in Europe and Southeast Asia to address global and regional issues of carbon balance, water management, biodiversity and poverty alleviation related to restoration and sustainable management of tropical peatland renewable natural resources. It will facilitate access to existing knowledge and expertise and conduct targeted research on the restoration of tropical peatland in order to promote sustainable livelihoods for local communities. It will also provide a scientific and technological framework for knowledge transfer and human capacity development related to restoration of tropical peatland to the benefit of the EC and DCs. In order to achieve these aims the problems of fire and inappropriate land use planning will be addressed by developing a model fire hazard warning and control system based upon remote sensing and operated by local communities through promotion of fire awareness, prevention and suppression. Stakeholder platforms and skills transfer to the DCs will be focal activities to provide ownership of the project outputs to the bottom levels and, through partnership with local governments, empower local people to become guardians of their own environment and its resources. Implementation of the project will involve a range of measures including, blocking of channels and drains, restoration of hydrology and ecological functions, rehabilitation of peat swamp forest and its biodiversity, identification of alternative funding mechanisms to promote sustainable livelihoods and formulation of guidelines for sustainable agriculture and forestry. These will be linked to a better understanding of the socio-economic base of local people and their communities by determining the nature and degree of their dependence on renewable natural resources and how this has been affected by major land development projects and fire. Project outputs will be transferred to local governments through collaboration and to local communities through stakeholder participation platforms that will also be used to network information, share experiences and promote action. The project outputs will form the basis of peatland landscape management and planning strategies, information dissemination activities and skills transfer to the DCs.


Executing Agencies: Alterra (NL) and University of Nottingham (UK) -coordination, Agency for the Assessment and Implementation of Technology (ID), Can Tho University (VN), Gadjah Mada University (ID), Ludwig Maximilians University of Munich (D), Malaysian Agricultural Research and Development Institute (MY), Universiti Sains Malaysia (MY), University of Helsinki (FI), University of Leicester (UK), University of Malaysia Sarawak (MY), University of Palangka Raya (ID), University of Sriwijaya (ID), VAPO Oy (FI).
Site location: South East Asia
Period: 2004 – 2008
Client/donor: EU, INCO-DEV


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