Peatlands – guidance for climate change mitigation by conservation, rehabilitation and sustainable use
May, 2012. Hans Joosten, Marja-Liisa Tapio-Biström & Susanna Tol (eds.). Mitigation of climate change in Agriculture Series 5. Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) and Wetland International. 96 pages
Peatlands store tremendous amounts of carbon. However, when they are drained and used – mainly for agriculture, grazing and forestry – peatlands become significant sources of greenhouse gas emissions. Peatlands drainage and peat fires are responsible for almost one-quarter of carbon emissions from the land use sector.
This report is a handbook for policy makers, technical audiences and others interested in peatlands. A decision support tree guides through opportunities for both cultivated and uncultivated peatlands. Methodologies and data available for quantifying GHG emissions from peatlands and organic soils are summarized and practical solutions are given concerning measuring, reporting and verification (MRV) and accounting. Country-specific case studies illustrate the problems, solutions and opportunities of peatland management.
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Keywords: e. Deforestation & Degradation Drivers, g. REDD+ Strategies & Options, Other Publications, Africa, Asia, carbon, emissions, Europe, GHG, Indonesia, Malaysia, management, MRV, peatland, peatlands, REDD, Southeast Asia