Boosting Indonesia’s wetlands science is key to tackling climate change

Indonesia’s mangroves are vital to fight climate change. Photo by Franck Vervial/
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Indonesia’s mangroves are vital to fight climate change. Photo by Franck Vervial/ Flickr

Greater scientific understanding of Indonesia’s rapidly disappearing carbon-rich wetlands is needed to help mitigate the effects of climate change, according to a study by the Center for International Forestry Research.

Daniel Murdiyarso, co-author of Addressing climate change adaptation and mitigation in tropical wetland ecosystems of Indonesia, said while mangroves, peatlands and other tropical wetlands contain the highest carbon stocks of any forest type, many nations and policy makers lack even basic data about these fragile ecosystems.

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