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Monday, 14th December 2009 Venue: Halfdan Rasmussen Room, Hall H, Bella Centre Time: 20.00-21.30

Addressing Climate Change through Rehabilitation and Sustainable
Use of  Peatlands in Southeast Asia

  • Peatlands are one of the world’s largest carbon stores – storing twice as much carbon as the biomass of all the world’s forests combined
  • 70% of global tropical peatlands are in Se Asia and are critical for climate change and biodiversity as well the lives of millions of people
  • ASEAN Governments are working together to sustainably manage peatlands and reduce climate impacts


  • Peatland rehabilitation and sustainable use in Southeast Asia (Dr Raman Letchumanan, ASEAN Secretariat)
  • Strategic importance of peatlands for biodiversity, climate change and community welfare (Faizal Parish, Global Environment Centre)
  • Importance of peatland forest management to GEF programming on climate change, biodiversity and land degradation (Gustavo Fonseca, GEF Secretariat)
  • IFAD and sustainable rural livelihood: supporting ASEAN action on peatland management (Jesus Quintana, IFAD)
  • Indonesian policies and strategies to reduce degradation and GHG emissions from peatlands (Ms Masnellyarti Hilman, Deputy Minister of the Environment, Indonesia)
  • Philippines National Action Plan on peatlands (Ms Jean Caleda, The Philippines) 


  • How to make strategic links between ASEAN actions and global climate mechanisms
  • Options for involvement in regional, national and local actions

Organized by:  ASEAN Secretariat, International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) and the Global Environment Centre (GEC).   

Supported by
: the Global Environment Facility (GEF) and IFAD


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