We are dedicated to the conservation of tropical peat swamp forest; addressing emissions, land subsidence, wild fires and flooding issues
Wetlands International strives to reverse the rapid loss of mangrove forests and promotes sustainable use of this invaluable ecosystem
Constructed wetlands can play an important role in water treatment and storage. At the same time, they also improve the quality of life for both people and wildlife
We work with government and communities to put in place proper management systems to ensure the sustainable and wise use of wetlands and to reduce disaster risk
We gather and share scientific and practical information that helps inform and influence wetland-related policies and practices
This factsheet explains why urgent action is needed to avoid catastrophic regular flooding of vast peatland areas in Southeast Asia. The drainage of peatlands for agriculture or forestry (in particular oil palm and pulp wood plantations) is unsustainable in the long term, leading to soil subsidence as large CO2 emissions. Radical changes in land-use are needed to secure the livelihoods of future generations.
Agricultural production in vast regions of South East Asia will be lost in the coming decades as a result of flooding of extensive lowland landscapes. The main drivers of peatland destruction are palm oil and pulp for paper plantations that require drainage.
Wetlands International Malaysia
3A31 Block A, Kelana Centre Point
47301 Petaling Jaya
Tel: +60 3 78046770
Fax: +60 3 78046772