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Submission on mitigation potential of peatlands to the UNFCCC

This submission to the UN Framework for Climate Change (UNFCCC) stresses the need for enhanced action with respect to the protection and restoration of natural ecosystems in efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. About one quarter of all human induced emissions come from agriculture, forestry and other land use, mainly from land use change, fertilizer use, livestock and peatland degradation. Our stand is therefore that the conservation and restoration of peatlands should be one of the priorities to be addressed in order to effectively meet the world's climate change mitigation ambition pre- and post 2020.

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Environmental and social impacts of oil palm cultivation on tropical peat

This report provides a review of available scientific information and published literature on impacts of using tropical peat for oil palm cultivation in Southeast Asia. It describes carbon flows and greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from native and degraded forest and oil palm plantations on peat, as well as other environmental impacts and social and economic aspects of the cultivation of oil palm on peat. Based on the available literature, the report presents conclusions on the gaps in knowledge, uncertainties and confusion in existing datasets. 

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Poster: Palm oil and Peat

This poster illustrates the different options available to palm oil producers when considering the future of their plantations.

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Practical guidance for implementing RSPO Principles & Criteria in relation to peatlands

This manual provides guidance to oil palm growers to adjust their planning and practices according to the new RSPO Principles and Criteria related to peatlands. These specific requirements address the issues of greenhouse gas emissions, soil subsidence and peat fires resulting from peatland drainage for oil palm cultivation. Some requirements relate to existing plantations on peat and others are relevant for the development of new plantations.

 

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Side event: Terrestrial Ecosystems with High Carbon Content

Presentations of state-of-the-art information about high-carbon terrestrial ecosystems by leading scientific and research institutions from the Russian Federation and Wetlands International.

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