Historical development of industrial scale oil palm plantation over peatland in Riau and west Kalimantan provinces, Indonesia

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Syaiful Anwar, Syed Aziz Ur Rehman, Untung Sudadi, Bandung Sahari and Supiandi Sabiham
Book (published in): 
Proceedings of the 15th International Peat Congress
dissolved organic matter composation, tropical peat, EEM-PARAFAC



Over the past three decades oil palm plantation (OPP) in Indonesia has been developed on peatland. Expansion of OPP is a large scale land use change and is having dynamics to the environments. In the perspective of nationallevel resource management and policy development regarding peatlands, understanding the historical expansion of OPP over peatland and explores the dynamics of aboveground biomass (AGB) during the land use changes is much needed. The study area consisted of two provinces in Indonesia, namely Riau and West Kalimantan. This study highlights the conversion of peat swamp forests (PSF) based on the status of primary or secondary forests. The study also reported on the transitions occurred in AGB in the peatlands that have been developed for OPP....