Peatland Management & Rehabilitation in Southeast Asia: Moving from Conflict to Collaboration
This report provides a holistic overview and analysis of the current opinions and approaches with regards to managing peatlands in Southeast Asia. Peatlands are a special type of ecosystem containing areas covered with peat, a type of soil largely formed from partially decayed organisms. These give peat a much higher organic content as compared to mineral soil. Southeast Asia contains large peatland areas, mostly in Indonesia and Malaysia, which naturally exist as waterlogged forests known as peat swamp forests. The intention of this report is not to advocate for a particular approach to peatland management, but to highlight the areas of overlap, the opportunities for coordination and collaboration between stakeholders, and why such collaboration is essential.