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Indonesia takes steps to halt and accelerate peatswamp loss

The government of Indonesia took a promising step this week by asking World Bank for support in reducing carbon emissions from forest and peatland loss. However, last month, the Indonesian Ministry of Agriculture issued a decree (Indonesian / English translation) to open up peatswamp areas for the development of palm oil plantations.

posted @ Saturday, March 7, 2009 11:56 AM by SusannaTol

Alarming decision to destroy Indonesia’s last peatswamp forests

19 February 2009. While in the EU and the RSPO policies are being developed to exclude palmoil from carbon rich soils like peatlands and to prevent the loss of their precious forests, the Indonesian Ministry of Agriculture issued a regulation to open up peatswamp areas for the development of palmoil plantations.

posted @ Saturday, March 7, 2009 11:50 AM by SusannaTol

Final Biofuel Directive limits impact on wetlands

26 January 2009. The EU Renewable Energy Directive that promotes the use of biofuels, will not recognise feedstocks from  carbon rich wetlands as ‘renewables’. It also excludes peat under the ‘renewable energy’ label. This is a significant success, despite the fact that many other precious wetlands and ecosystems are still at risk due to very weak criteria for limiting the impacts of biofuel production on land-use.

posted @ Monday, January 26, 2009 3:20 PM by SusannaTol

Poznan climate summit crucial for peatlands

1 December 2008. The UN climate summit in Poznan , Poland (1-12 December) is a key opportunity for addressing the huge greenhouse gas emissions from peatland degradation. A team of Wetlands International attends the summit to advocate policies that will address the loss of the worlds peatlands.

posted @ Monday, January 26, 2009 3:25 PM by SusannaTol

RSPO certified palm oil ignores greenhouse gas emissions

This Tuesday (11th Nov.), the world’s first certified palm oil under the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) arrives on European shores. This certified palm oil originates from a plantation which has palm oil grown on peatlands. Wetlands International strongly cautions that palm oil cannot be certified "sustainable" as long as the sector refuses to include a criterion on greenhouse gas emissions (GHG) from land use change, in particular degradation of tropical peatlands.

posted @ Monday, January 26, 2009 3:27 PM by SusannaTol

Call for EU to reject biofuel target

10 September 2008. Tomorrow, the Industry, Research and EnergyCommittee (ITRE) of the European Parliament will vote about the Renewable Energy Directive. Wetlands International calls for a rejection of the 10% target for biofuel use in 2020.

posted @ Thursday, September 18, 2008 4:02 PM by SusannaTol

UK think tank: Preventing peatland loss is cheapest climate measure

September 1, 2008.
The UK think tank Policy Exchange has presented the costs of the most important climate measures. Reducing emissions from tropical peatlands is by far the cheapest way of reducing greenhouse gas emissions; using biofuels is by far the most expensive measure.

posted @ Thursday, September 18, 2008 4:00 PM by SusannaTol

Extreme levels of haze from peat-fires expected in Asia

Wetlands International is concerned with the recent warning issued by the South-east Asian Ministerial Steering Committee on Transboundary Haze Pollution that the haze this year will be worse than 2006. The governments of the region should prevent the human induced peatland fires that cause the haze. 

posted @ Thursday, April 10, 2008 2:49 PM by SusannaTol

CKPP at Biodiversity Convention

The Central Kalimantan Peatland Project will be present at the UN Convention on Biological Diversity in Bonn, Germany, May 2008.

posted @ Wednesday, March 19, 2008 9:28 PM by wetlands-admin

Extension for CKPP

CKPP get an extension of six additional months; till the end of June 2008. This was decided by the donor,Minister Koenders (Netherlands) during his visit at the project in December 2007.

posted @ Wednesday, March 19, 2008 5:09 PM by wetlands-admin

CKPP: promising outcomes Bali summit

CKPP-partners had hoped for stronger global climate targets, but welcomes the fact that ultimately the UN-FCCC Parties could agree on further actions. A small but promising step to address emissions from peatland degradation has been made.

posted @ Wednesday, March 19, 2008 5:14 PM by wetlands-admin

Minister Koenders visits project

Bert Koenders, minister for development aid of the Netherlands ministry of foreign affairs visits our peatland project on Saturday 8 december 2007.

posted @ Wednesday, March 19, 2008 5:10 PM by wetlands-admin

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