Ross Morrison, Susan E. Page, Chris Malins, Jack Rieley, Aljosja Hooijer & Jyrki Jauhiainen
Proceedings of the 14th International Peat Congress
carbon, greenhouse-gas, literature-review, palm-oil, southeast-asia
Theme IX. Tropical peatlands
This presentation reports the results of a desk-based study aiming to assess the empirical basis of peat surface CO2 emissions from oil palm plantations on tropical peatland in Southeast Asia. We reviewed the literature to determine a best estimate of CO2 losses from drained peat under oil palm cultivation. Our review indicates that previous assessment of CO2 emissions from oil palm plantations lack a robust empirical basis and have systematically underestimated CO2 losses resulting from drainage and peat degradation. On the basis of the review, we present a revised estimate and uncertainty range for peat CO2 emissions from oil palm plantations.