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Topic: A3. Tropical wetlands for climate change adaptation and mitigation

Daniel Murdiyarso and Boone Kauffman

This module outlines the roles tropical wetlands play in climate change adaptation and mitigation. Wetlands are important in a carbon global balance since they store a very high level and quality of carbon, are a source of methane (CH4), and wetlands cover in the tropic is high. However, peatlands are also facing huge pressure from land-use change. Mitigation could be more strategic if synergized with adaptation strategies. South and Southeast Asia offer a significant opportunity for adaptation and mitigation through wetland ecosystems.

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