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COP25: Amazon tropical peatlands essential to combat climate change

Travelling to a peatland area with the Urarina. Credit: Christopher Schulz. Sketched by the Pan Pacific Agency.

Pan Pacific Agency | COMMUICATION AGENCY FOR PACIFICA REGIONS

MADRID, Dec 3, 2019, ANDINA. Peru has the third-largest extent of tropical peatlands (land consisting largely of peat or peat bogs) —after Indonesia and Congo— to fight climate change, Minam’s Deputy Minister of Strategic Development of Natural Resources Gabriel Quijandria reported, according to the ANDINA.

The remarks were made during the event “Avoiding loss of high-carbon soils through peatland mapping and monitoring for climate action,” held by Japan International for Cooperation Agency (JICA) within the framework of the 2019 UN Climate Change Conference (COP25) taking place in Madrid until December 13.

Quijandria noted the experience of Peru and JICA in the conservation of wetlands and peatlands as a solution to combat climate change, while highlighting their high carbon storage capacity.

A clear example of this is the Andean peatlands, which store ten times more carbon than the entire world’s tropical peatlands combined.

In this sense, he expressed the Peruvian Government’s commitment to promoting an evidence-based policy to maintain and manage our wetlands.

Tropical peatlands

Quijandria said that aguaje is the main species in the tropical peatlands within the Peruvian Amazon, hence the works with the private sector to promote sustainable economic activity through the use of natural resources, such as the launch of an aguaje-based drink by AJE Group company.

He said the first global project funded by the Green Climate Fund, called “Building the Resilience of Wetlands in the Province of Datem del Marañon,” is being executed in Peru.

It benefits 120 indigenous communities in towns like awajun, achuar, chapra, kandozi, quechua, wampis, and shawi.

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