Tropical peat swamp forests of S.E. Asia: threats and opportunities

“Tropical peat swamp forests of S.E. Asia: threats and opportunities”

Tropical peat swamp forests cover between 30 and 40 million hectares world-wide, of which 70% is found in Southeast Asia. They contain a large number of endemic tree species and several rare and endangered animals like the orang utan. Also, these forests are important sinks of carbon, sequestering between 100-200 megatonnes of carbon per year under natural conditions. Peat swamp forests have been under increasing pressure for economic exploitation for their commercial timber species such as Ramin. More recently, they are also subject to conversion to agricultural land uses, in particular oil palm plantations. 

By Peter van der Meer on the 9th of January.

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