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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.

See video coverage of the event here.

Watch event highlights here.


Daniel Murdiyarso (CIFOR)



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