This EPN webniar explains that peatlands (~organic soils) worldwide store twice as much carbon as all forest biomass, although they cover only a tenth of the land. 15% of this land has been degraded, causing huge GHG emissions, peatland fires (in Russia and Indonesia) and subsidence and flooding in parts of (Europe, Indonesia and Malaysia). The pulpwood sector is one of the biggest contributors to peatland degradation in Indonesia. Currently development of the sector on forested peatlands have largely stopped but studies show that it is impossible to manage peatlands for Acacia pulpwood sustainably. Among others, Wetlands International is calling for a plan to phase out drainage based use, rewet peatlands and introduce species economically interesting species native to peatlands.
About the presenter: Bas Tinhout is working for the past four years at Wetlands International on the issues related to peatlands in SE Asia in especially dealing with the pulp and paper sector. He is also member of the Environmental Paper Network steering committee.
You can download here the powerpoint presentation or watch the webinar here below: