Conservation and Restoration of Peatlands in Indonesia
Can the private sector do the job?
Zurich, July 22, 2012 – South Pole Carbon's forestry expert Tilmann Silber was awarded the Best Master Thesis in Environmental Sciences at ETH 2011. Congratulations!
Greenhouse gas emissions due to anthropogenic drainage of tropical peatland are about 545 MtCO₂ per year. Restoration of drained peatland and conservation of peatland under threat of drainage have been proposed as effective climate mitigation measures. To implement such activities on a large scale, private sector involvement based on the carbon market is a promising option. Tilmann Silver's study examines the incentives of the carbon market for conservation and restoration projects in tropical peatlands, focusing on Indonesia.