New funding to raise the environmental profile of tropical peatlands

Posted by fh56 at Aug 23, 2011 08:44 AM |
Dr Sue Page has been awarded funding from the European Commission to lead an international Specific Support Action under Framework Programme 6 (458,000 Euros), with partners from Indonesia, Malaysia, Vietnam, Holland and Finland.

The CARBOPEAT project will investigate the Carbon-Climate-Human Relationships of Tropical Peatlands. These are carbon-dense ecosystems that are extremely vulnerable to destabilisation through human and climate induced changes. They contain 50-70 billion tonnes of carbon (3% global soil carbon) but poor land management practices and fire are reducing this carbon store and contributing to greenhouse gas emissions. The CARBOPEAT project will identify key issues and critical gaps in our understanding of tropical peatland carbon dynamics, analyse implications for policy, and formulate guidelines for optimizing the tropical peat carbon store that can be understood readily by policy makers and decision takers in EU and developing country government agencies. The project will run from January 2007 to December 2009.

 

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