UNFCCC Conference in Nairobi (Dec. 2006)
At the UN Conference on Climate Change (UNFCCC) in Nairobi, Kenya in December 2006, Wetlands International presented the outcomes of its study PEAT-CO2
which was jointly developed with WL/Delft Hydraulics and Alterra.
Peat: 8% of global CO2 emissions
The study showed that the carbon dioxide emissions from degraded tropical peat swamp forests in Southeast Asia are equal to 8% of all global fossil fuel emissions.
Cause: deforestation & drainage
These huge amounts of carbon are released to the atmosphere when peatlands are deforested and/or drained, exposed to direct sunlight or - in the worst case - burnt. The report also sought attention for the role of expansion of palm oil plantations in these peatlands.