Peatland restoration and conservation in Indonesia
Climate solution #13
Peatlands, also known as bogs or mires, are neither solid ground nor water but something in between. Peat is a thick, mucky substance made up of dead and decomposing plant matter. It develops over hundreds, even thousands of years, as wetland vegetation slowly decays beneath a living layer of flora and in the near absence of oxygen.
Although these unique ecosystems cover just 3 percent of the earth’s land area, they are second only to oceans in the amount of carbon they store—twice that held by the world’s forests, at an estimated 500 to 600 gigatons. Protecting them through land preservation and fire prevention is a prime opportunity to manage global greenhouse gases.
UN Sustainable Development Goals
The 'Katingan Peatland Restoration and Conservation' project aligns with the following UN Sustainable Development Goals:
End poverty in all its forms everywhere
Ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all at all ages.
Ensure that all girls and boys complete free, equitable and quality education.
Ensure access to water and sanitation for all.
Build resilient infrastructure, promote sustainable industrialization and foster innovation.
Reduce inequality within and among countries.
Take urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts.
Sustainably manage forests, combat desertification, halt and reverse land degradation, halt biodiversity loss.
Read more about the Sustainable Development Goals