The Global Peatlands Initiative: Assessing, Measuring and Preserving Peat Carbon
As of: August 2020
Objective and activities
The status and importance of peatlands in the global carbon cycle will be highlighted emphasizing implementing commitments to climate action. Knowledge and data accessibility will be increased by a global assessment, hotspot atlas and platform. Capacities of stakeholders will be built to slow the trend of increasing unsustainable peatland use through GPI expertise. Gaps in global and national policies as well as guidance on peat and climate change will be identified. Partners will exchange and develop policies and approaches to fill the gaps to address peat loss and degradation through innovation, experiences and through SSC exchange. Peru, Indonesia, Congo and the Democratic Republic of Congo will be supported to identify data, capacity needs, policy and guidance gaps on peat and climate change to support them in achieving their (I)NDCs. Options to reduce degradation and im-prove peatland management through conservation, restoration and sustainable peat strategies will be shared.
State of implementation/results
- A High-level Global Peatlands Initiative partners meeting was held in Brazzaville from the 21. - 23.03.2018. During the meeting, the environment ministers of the DR Congo, the Republic of Congo and Indonesia signed the "Brazzaville Declaration", which inter alia, provides for close cooperation in the protection of peatlands in the three countries. - The BMU's support for the "Global Peatlands Initiative" project was officially announced at a high-level event at the Global Landscapes Forum in Bonn, with the participation of Indonesia’s minister for the Environment (Siti Nurbaya Bakar).