Reducing Emissions from Indonesia’s Peat Land: An Assessment of the Scientific Aspect

Hernowo, B., Rahayu, N.H., Boer, R., Agus, F., Ardiansyah, M., Sabiham, S., Mawdsley, N, Rahman, S., Napitupulu, D., and Ginting

Proceedings of the 14th International Peat Congress


bau-emissions, mitigation-policies, peat

Hernowo et al 2012: Reducing Emissions from Indonesia's Peat Land: An Assessment of the Scientific Aspect


Theme IX. Tropical peatlands


The development of Indonesia’s peat land for the purpose of agriculture, palm cultivation and timber plantation is recognized as a source of greenhouse gas emissions. Current annual average emissions between 2000 and 2006 are estimated to be 928 MtCO2/year and based on these trends, a Business as Usual (BAU) scenario is estimated to result in emissions of 1,077 MtCO2 by 2025. By implementing best practice management of peat land, rehabilitation and revised land allocation policies, Indonesia is likely to have the potential to reduce its peat land emissions by up to 81 percent of the BAU scenario.