We are dedicated to saving Indonesia's peatlands; they store huge amounts of carbon and are home to many threatened species, such as the Orang utan.
We restore mangrove forests and introduce sustainable shrimp farming in coastal areas, which have suffered degradation. We convince the Government of Indonesia and businesses to join us.
Indonesia is rich in waterbirds; it is home to about 380 species of these wetland dependent bird species. We research, monitor and protect their habitat in Indonesia and along their migration routes (flyways).
The local community is our agent for change. From restoring mangroves to peatland fire brigades; we work through communities and make sure they benefit.
Scientific knowledge is our base. By making sure that this knowledge is in the hands of the decision-makers, we promote wetland conservation at the policy level.
In 2015 Indonesia was hit by a disastrous haze event caused by extensive peatland fires in Sumatra and Kalimantan. In response, the Indonesian government launched a national Peatland Restoration Agency (BRG) with an ambitious target of restoring over 2 million hectares of peatlands by 2020. Success will depend on a proper understanding of the functioning of peatlands. A new policy brief by Wetlands International and Tropenbos International calls for a thorough science-based approach, instead of some of the currently widely applied policies and management models, which have insufficiently considered the issue of peatland subsidence.
The last decade tsunamis and typhoon related surges in coastal areas across the world raised enormous interest for the role that mangroves can play in reducing flood risk. This is resulting in numerous projects that aim to increase community resilience and reduce risk by restoring mangrove forests. On the ground these projects basically encompass massive and well-meant planting of red mangrove. However, mostly this is done without a proper risk assessment and with little consultation of mangrove restoration experts. Unsurprisingly, many of these projects fail as many planted seedlings die. Even if seedlings are surviving, the ecological value of a monoculture and benefits of the planting efforts for increased community resilience are questionable. So what does it take to do mangrove restoration properly?
Low-tech adaptation strategies are helping people in developing countries cope with the dangers of a warmer world.
As the fire season resumes in Southeast Asia, financial regulators are asked to introduce emergency sanctions to stop banks providing financial services to forest-sector clients causing haze.
Dutch Magazine De Ingenieur published an article about our Mangrove Restoration project in Indonesia. In Indonesia, the Northern Java- Coast erodes rapidly amongst others because mangrove forests have been logged to make place for fish farms.
Seiring dengan akan berakhirnya pelaksanaan Proyek Partners for Resilience (PfR), maka kami akan memasuki saat yang menantang dan menarik. Menantang untuk menyelesaikan semua pekerjaan yang tersisa secara tepat waktu dan dengan cara yang berkelanjutan.
Wetlands International Indonesia Programme is the Indonesian branch of Wetlands International; the only global non-profit NGO dedicated the to the restoration and conservation of wetlands.