Peat swamp forests are one of the most important peatland ecosystems because these ecosystems consist of the carbon-water complex, which is affected by the impact of human and climate change. Peat swamp forests form in areas where saturated soils or frequent flooding prevent organic material from fully decomposing. When a forest is cut down, the loss of above-ground carbon is obvious. However, less obvious is that 90 percent of a peat swamp forest’s carbon is stored below ground. As the accumulation of so much organic material means tropical peat swamp forests store a lot of carbon: up to 10 to 20 times more carbon than nearby lowland forests on mineral soil that depends of the depth of soil and age of forest. Indonesia contains 47% of the global area of tropical peatland (Page et al., 2011) mostly as extensive domes of woody peat, supporting peat-swamp forests that covers vast areas of lowland landscape between major rivers.
One of the project team members is Dr. Ir. Maman Turjaman (shown in the photo) who is a senior scientist and a well-known mycologist with experienced in Mycorrhizal Research in Peatlands in Indonesia.
10 hectare project site ( including 6 hectare of ex oil palm plantation) in Palembang, South Sumatra
10 hectare project site in Central Kalimantan
carbon calculation before planting (photos were taken on November and December 2018)
Collaboration partner in Indonesia:
Forest Research and Development Centre (FRDC), is one of four centres under Research, Development & Innovation Agency under Ministry of Environment and Forestry in Indonesia.