The forty-sixth sessions of the Subsidiary Body for Implementation (SBI 46) and Subsidiary Body for Scientific and Technological Advice (SBSTA 46), as well as the third part of the first session of the Ad Hoc Working Group on the Paris Agreement (APA 1-3), took place from 8 to 18 May 2017, in Bonn, Germany.

The Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR) joined various sessions at the Bonn Climate Change Conference, bringing the latest scientific research and insights on the climate dimensions of land use, forestry, the urban environment, peatlands and other emissions hotspots in the tropics.

Explore this site to find out more about the involvement of CIFOR and partners in this global event.


Official side event

Re-discovering the magnificent carbon storage potential of wetlands and peatlands

Thursday, 11 May



The immense carbon storage potential of tropical wetlands and peatlands is still largely unappreciated. The Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR), the European Space Agency (ESA), Friedrich Schiller University Jena (FSU Jena) and Wageningen University & Research (WUR) held an official side event on this topic at the UNFCCC Bonn Climate Change Conference. Participants learned about the latest tools for identifying and locating wetlands and peatlands, for application in policy-making on climate change mitigation and adaptation. Find more details on the event flyer here.

Organized by

CIFOR     
  


Supported by

Norwegian Agency for Development Cooperation (NORAD)  
  

This research is part of CIFOR's Global Comparative Study on REDD+ and the CGIAR Research Program on Forests, Trees and Agroforestry (FTA) with support from the CGIAR Fund Donors.






Contact person on-site:

Catriona Croft-Cusworth
Writer, Editor and Web Content Manager
E: c.cusworth@cgiar.org



PROGRAM


10:00-13:00

Santiago de Chile

13:15-14:45

Ninth meeting of the Research Dialogue (RD 9)

Poster session

Speakers :
Rosa Maria Roman Cuesta
(CIFOR)



15:00-16:30

Santiago de Chile

Technical Expert Meeting on mitigation focusing on cross-cutting issues in urban environment and land use

Thematic event: Forestry and other land use

Speakers :
Daniel Murdiyarso
(CIFOR)



15:00-18:00

Ninth meeting of the Research Dialogue (RD 9)

Dialogue

Speakers :
Rosa Maria Roman Cuesta
(CIFOR)



15:00-18:00

Santiago de Chile

16:45-18:15

Berlin

Re-discovering the magnificent carbon storage potential of wetlands and peatlands

 

The immense carbon storage potential of tropical wetlands and peatlands is still largely unappreciated.

The Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR), the European Space Agency (ESA), Friedrich Schiller University Jena (FSU Jena) and Wageningen University & Research (WUR) held an official side event on this topic at the UNFCCC Bonn Climate Change Conference. Participants learned about the latest tools for identifying and locating wetlands and peatlands, for application in policy-making on climate change mitigation and adaptation.

Having maps as tools is central for many national reporting purposes in the context of the UNFCCC. Research shows that an even more powerful approach is to combine expert mapping systems with remote sensing and verifying conditions on the ground, or what’s known as ‘ground-truthing’. This can produce more credible information for sound policy-making. This session aimed to spark debate on the following questions:

  • What do we currently know about the extent and importance of tropical peatlands?
  • How applicable are peatland maps and other tools? Why is ground-truthing needed?
  • What capacity is available in countries to use these tools?
  • How can the international process pave the way toward peatland sustainability?

This side event was broadcast on YouTube Live by the UNFCCC Climate Change Studio channel. Watch the video here.

Moderators:
Daniel Murdiyarso (CIFOR)

Speakers :
Rosa Maria
Roman-Cuesta
(CIFOR)
An expert system approach to mapping wetlands and peatlands
view presentation
Simon Lewis
(Leeds University and
University College
London)
Discovering the world’s largest tropical peatland complex in the Congo basin: combining field, laboratory and satellite datasets for conservation
view presentation
Frank Martin Seifert
(ESA)
How information from satellites can support developing countries to measure, report and verify the status of their forests, wetlands and peatlands
view presentation
Dianna Kopansky
(UN Environment)
Global Peatlands Initiative: Rapid Response Assessment
view presentation
Louis Verchot
(CIAT)
Moving ahead: What the climate convention can do to support conservation and sustainable use of peatlands
view presentation



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