Strengthening regional experiences on sustainable peatland management (ASEAN-REPEAT)
As of: June 2021
Tropical peatlands are valuable ecosystems for animal and plant species, and are one of the most efficient types of natural land-based carbon sinks. However, peatland loss is increasing as a result of non-sustainable management and drainage. This project is financing successful approaches to sustainable peatland management and scaling these up regionally. The project is evaluating approaches in pilot areas in Indonesia and Malaysia in terms of their effectiveness and financial viability, and building on these results to develop specific financing schemes, business models and fiscal policy recommendations. The Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) is being utilised to scale up the insights gained to the regional level and international negotiations. EU co-financing totalling EUR 14.6 million is being used to support regional programme management by ASEAN and implementation in ASEAN member countries.
State of implementation/results
- Use of online platforms due to COVID-19.
- Evaluation of ASEAN Peatland Management Strategy 2006-2020, adoption of recommendations by ASEAN Task Force on Peatlands: enhanced funding mechanisms of sustainable peatland management in the future.
- All ASEAN member states have submitted project proposals, first projects start:
- Cambodia: peatland mapping, guidelines for sustainable peatland use. Smoke mitigation through floodplain rehabilitation, forest and peat fire monitoring and control.
- LAOS: Mapping, advocacy for peatland consideration in policy, planning and management, problematising threats from land conversion, overgrazing/fishing, chemical fertiliser water pollution, peat extraction for organic fertiliser.
- SUPA webinar in Nov 2020 on "Livelihoods and conservation on peatlands - Strengthening resilience in response to COVID-19".