Anthony Greer, Yogi Suardiwerianto, Nardi, John Bathgate and Muhammed Fikky Hidayat
Proceedings of the 15th International Peat Congress
conservation, gis-scenarios, management, peatlands, production, subsidence, sumatra
The east coast of Sumatra is characterised by a complex of low-lying riverine plains. Historically these wetland, environments have been difficult to settle and develop, and until recently have been left largely unoccupied. However, within the last three decades, some of the development challenges have been overcome. In response to social and economic development needs, the Government of Indonesia issued large scale licenses for development in these areas. This took place before the linkage between climate change and peat land deforestation was fully understood. For peatland areas, licenses generally took the form of either: (i) production forest managementregimes; or (ii), permission for conversion of forested land to agriculture. The large scale planning..