Submission on UNFCCC issues relating to agriculture - 2013
This submission provides evidence of the important role played by peatlands in climate change mitigation and adaptation. It explains why those ecosystem services are threatened by agricultural expansion, and in particular illustrates how conventional agricultural practices on peatlands inevitably lead to soil subsidence and consequent flooding and loss of land, compromising food security and livelihoods.
The submission then suggests options for sustainable uses of peatlands which can contribute to climate change adaptation and food security, while simultaneously delivering significant benefits in terms of climate change mitigation, biodiversity and local livelihoods.
A large part of the information contained in this submission can be found in the joint publication by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) and Wetlands International: Peatlands – guidance for climate change mitigation through conservation, rehabilitation and sustainable use. Second edition.