This video tells the story how peatlands are drained and turned into oil palm plantations in Southeast Asia. Palm oil is used in many products, from shampoo to cookies. But their production causes peatland draining, peat fires, and the loss of habitats for many endangered species, such as the Orangutan and Sumatran Rhino.
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The African Manatee is a member of the Trichechidae; a sirenian, mermaid-like sea cow that can grow up to 3 meters and weigh 500 kilograms. Wetlands International is calling for tougher protection measures to ensure the survival of this endangered species.
This presentation presents the impact of peat soil subsidence and discusses the issues of sustainability of peatland drainage activities.
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