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Figure: Peatland area per country (%). Brown are the countries with the most peatland surface.

Peatlands  worldwide 

Peatlands are found in almost every country of the world, but occur primarily in the boreal, sub arctic and tropical zones, as well as in appropriate zones in mountains. They cover over 4 million km2 worldwide, occur in over 180 countries and represent at least a third of the global wetland resource.

Peatlands are natural ecosystems with high value for biodiversity conservation, climate regulation and human welfare. Peatlands are wetland ecosystems characterised by the accumulation of organic matter (peat) derived from dead and decaying plant material under conditions of permanent water saturation.

Peatlands may be naturally forested or naturally open and vegetated with mosses, sedges or shrubs. Examples are the permafrost areas of Russia and Canada and the highlands of the Andes and Himalaya, where dead plants hardly decompose due to the wet and cold conditions.Other examples of areas endowed with extensive peatlands are the lowlands of humid tropical forests in South-east Asia.

Tropical peatswamp forests South-east Asia
South-east Asia has about 27 million hectares of peatland, or 271.000 km2 and 60% of the known tropical peatland resource. This is 10% of the total South-east Asian land area. Indonesia. Read more

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Problems in SE Asian Peatlands
Under normal circumstances, tropical peatswamp forests perform a range of environmental and social functions. They host thousands of plant and animal species and play a crucial role in global climate change mitigation. For local communities they provide vital resources and ensure a continuous supply of clean water.
Unfortunately a series of events resulted in large-scale destruction of peatswamp areas and their life supporting functions. Read more 

Facts and figures about peatland degradation

Biodiversity loss, emission of huge quantities of carbon dioxide and increasing poverty require immediate action. Some facts 

CKPP solutions to peatland loss

The project partners under the Central Kalimantan Peatland Project work hard to fight the problems regarding peatland destruction. Solutions entail both work in the field and advocacy work for improved policies. 
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Project achievements
The Central Kalimantan peatland project has been a very successful project so far. By using a unique and innovative community-based approach the consortium of partners achieved to considerably improving land use and management of tropical peatswamps in Central Kalimantan linked to enhancing the livelihoods of local communities in the project area. Read more

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