Smoke haze from indiscriminate burning of peatlands has become a major issue in Southeast Asia in recent decades, negatively affecting public health and the economy of several countries in the region. The problem mainly stems from the burning of rural lands associated with the expansion of oil palm and timber plantations as well as smallholder agriculture. Indonesia has almost 46 per cent of global tropical peatland, and the Government of Indonesia has taken steps to restore its degraded peatland. But peatland restoration has not been attempted in tropical regions on a large scale. This ACIAR funded project will assist Indonesia to reduce peatland fires and restore the peatlands in an effective and gender-inclusive equitable way, and by so doing, help to mitigate the smoke haze problem and reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
CSIRO (Lead Organization), Forestry and Environment Research and Development Agency (FOERDIA), University of the Sunshine Coast, RMIT University, James Cook University, Borneo Orangutan Survival Foundation, University of Palangka Raya.
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Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research