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Peatlands in Indonesia National REDD+ Strategy


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In a unilateral effort, Indonesia committed to voluntarily reduce its GHG emissions by 2020 with 26% compared to a business as usual scenario. If assistance from foreign countries is made available, this target will be increased to up to 41%.

In the draft National REDD+ Strategy (issued for public consultation on August 18, 2011), the Indonesian Government has identified peatland conservation and restoration as key measures for reducing emissions in Indonesia. Under the 26% reduction scenario, emissions from peatlands in 2020 are envisaged to remain close to the 2010 level (draft National REDD+ Strategy fig. 3, p. 17, Bappenas 2010). We strongly welcome these ambitions as part of the global effort to mitigate climate change.

We believe, however, that the current draft Indonesian National REDD+ Strategy deserves to be advanced with respect to land use and land use change in peat swamp forests. Therefore this report discusses the particularities of reference levels, MRV-ability, and biodiversity of peatlands and gives recommendations for improving relevant policies and methodologies. We hope that our recommendations contribute to strengthening the development of the global REDD+ mechanism (Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation in Developing Countries) with respect to peat swamp forests and other types of peatlands, both in Indonesia and in other regions.

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