Improving the Management of Peatlands and the Capacities of Stakeholders in Indonesia (Peat-IMPACTS Indonesia)
As of: September 2021
Some 50 percent of Indonesia’s peatland areas have been converted and degraded by excessive land use and fire damage. A sustainable and climate-neutral solution to the management of peatlands is based on a transformational landscape approach that combines technical and organisational resources and skills in peatland restoration, while being aligned with the needs of the public and private sectors. The project is also raising awareness among key stakeholders about peat fires and the associated emission risks in relation to peatlands. Support is being provided for the integration of peatland management into a broader-based landscape management, and the project is also providing skills training for smallholders in the management of paludiculture. The project’s efforts are helping to safeguard local livelihoods, while communication of the lessons learned is ensuring that insights are shared nationwide. The mitigation of emissions achieved is helping to meet Indonesia’s NDCs and its national 2015–2020 development plan.
State of implementation/results
- The Peat IMPACTS website has been established as the primary tool to disseminate information on the project and updates on project activities. The website is now accessible at the following address which acknowledges the support from the BMU: www.worldagroforestry.org/project/peat-impacts.
- With several project measures in place, the COVID 19 pandemic has forced some project plans to be postponed while some activities will be conducted remotely. Virtual meeting infrastructure, such as Zoom and Mural, has been purchased and tested for remote and virtual activities.
- We are in the process of developing a communication strategy for Peat IMPACTS. To this regard, a project profile has been developed as one of the introductory materials about the project. As part of the communication strategy, we also developed a communication tagline of #PahlawanGambut, which means the “hero of the peatland”. The tagline is already being used as a hashtag in several social media posts related to Peat IMPACTS in Twitter and Instagram. The term #PahlawanGambut, was coined to entice the active participation of multiple stakeholders in: data, knowledge and experience sharing, aspirations and expectations of peatland management, and barriers that stakeholders face in achieving the sustainable peatland management. The tagline will also be used for the platform of knowledge management under Work Package 6 of Peat IMPACTS.
- We have conducted the project inception workshops virtually using a remote communication system in South Sumatra Provinces as well as the Ogan Komering Ilir District on 29-30 September 2020. During the inception processes, we communicated with all relevant local institutions related to peatland management in the province and district. The inception process is a key communication activity where we introduced and broadcasted Peat-IMPACTS as a new initiative supported by BMU-IKI to collaborate with broad stakeholder groups to address peatland management in the area.
- We have initiated contact with the BMU-IKI/EU SUPA project on ASEAN peat and discussed some possibilities to link up. We are currently collaborating in developing a catalog of methods for sustainable peatland management in Indonesia.
- ICRAF’s project team is in the list of regular communications and exchanges with IKI secretariat through emails, newsletters, invitations to strategic events that will allow for updated information and effective knowledge exchange. We have agreed to play an active role in the upcoming BMU Networking workshop on 6 October.
- We are currently setting up the advisory board consisting of political partners (Ministry of Development Planning, Peat Restoration Agency, Ministry of Environment and Forestry – MOEF), and have scheduled a meeting to take place in March 2021 although there is a likelihood of it being proponed due to major changes in the structure of MOEF.