Tong Yiew, Global Environment Centre, looked at
specific technical problems facing peatlands in Southeast
Asia, particularly regarding land clearing by fire, as
well as responses developed in order to conserve and
rehabilitate peatlands, change human mentality, and
provide alternative livelihoods to local communities.
Wiken, Wildlife Habitat Canada, presented the Canadian
experience on peatlands, biodiversity and climate change,
focusing on peatlands’ ecology, distribution and climate
impacts. He outlined threats, including fires,
agricultural land conversion, and forest operations, as
well as relevant policy responses.
Rusila Noor, Wetlands International Indonesia, shared
experience with community-based peatland management,
carried through a project on climate change, forest and
peatlands in three provinces in Indonesia.
Rubec, Environment Canada, presented the Ramsar
Convention Action Plan on Peatlands. He highlighted
examples of initiatives supporting the Action Plan
implementation, including the Global Peatlands Initiative,
and regional and national peatland action plans.