UNenvironment: Protecting peatlands, protecting the planet

 

 

Peatlands take up only 3% of the earth’s surface yet they store almost 550 billion tons of carbon, twice as much as all the world’s forests together.

 

Peatlands are potentially one of the most effective tools for combating climate change. By preserving and restoring the world’s peatlands, we can reduce CO2 emissions and revive a fundamental ecosystem that delivers several benefits, including their role as natural carbon sinks.

 

World Wetlands Day which is celebrated each year on 2 February aims to highlight the importance of wetland ecosystems to the welfare of human beings. Peatlands in wetlands are particularly vital as they harbor potentially rich biodiversity, and are a good example of resilience to the  impacts of climate change.

 

For global average temperatures to continue rising by less than two degrees Celsius, we need to care about the peatlands. Urgent steps must be taken, especially in the tropics to keep carbon where it is: in the wet peatlands and in the soil.

 

The world’s largest Ramsar transboundary wetlands are found in the Congo Basin. Comprising two Ramsar sites in the Republic of the Congo and in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, it covers a surface area of 129,000 square kilometers, almost the same size as Greece or Bangladesh.

 

Known as the Cuvette Centrale, the area contains close to 30 gigatons of carbon, which is equivalent to what the United States emits in 15 years.

 

Read more...

Go back

CBFP News

WWF: Rainforest deforestation more than doubled under cover of coronavirus -DW

Tropical rainforests shrank by 6,500 square kilometers in March — an area seven times the size of Berlin. Criminal groups are taking advantage of the pandemic and the unemployed are getting desperate, the WWF said.

Read more …

Nouabalé-Ndoki National Park Monthly update April 2020

"At a time when many countries are beginning their gradual deconfinement and when there is a glimmer of hope on the horizon of returning to normal life, I wanted to share with you some good news that also fills us with hope for the future of the Nouabalé-Ndoki National Park."

Read more …

Resources and follow-up from the virtual FAO-EcoAgriculture Partners Roundtable

Last April 30th FAO and EcoAgriculture Partners organized a virtual Roundtable on Territorial Perspectives for Development, in which over 170 people participated.

Read more …

ATIBT -CBFP: Private Sector mobilized around the CBFP Facilitator of the Federal Republic of Germany

ATIBT co-facilitated the mobilization of the private sector of the timber sector to participate in the first meeting of the private sector college of Congo Basin Forest Partnership with the new facilitator Dr Christian Ruck and his team German Facilitation.

Read more …

Development and institutionalization of a PAFC certification system for the Congo basin: opening of the second public consultation on Sustainable Forest Management Certification Standard, 23 May 2020 - 22 June 2020

This second public consultation will be open for a period of 30 days from tomorrow Saturday the 23rd of May 2020 and will be closed on Monday the 22nd of June 2020. The public consultation is open to all stakeholders of forest management in the Congo Basin interested in participating to the PAFC Congo Basin certification standards development process.

Read more …

Forest defenders on the COVID-19 frontline stand ready to assist the global EU response – Fern

These efforts go hand in hand with ensuring continued responsible management of natural resources and preventing unsustainably and illegally sourced forest commodities. In the Democratic Republic of Congo, forest-monitoring organisations Observatoire de la Gouvernance Forestière (OGF) and Réseau des observateurs indépendants des ressources naturelles (RENOI) are set to carry out COVID awareness-raising in at-risk forest areas, and will also assess COVID’s impact on forest management and governance commitments under the Central African Forest Initiative (CAFI). Across the Congo Basin, fears that a proper lack of oversight may put forests and forest peoples in danger are looming despite emerging initiatives.

Read more …

22 May 2020 International Day for Biological Diversity

The theme of the 2020 International Day for Biological Diversity is “Our Solutions are in Nature”. It shows that "Biodiversity remains the answer to a number of sustainable development challenges that we all face. From nature-based solutions to climate, to food and water security, and sustainable livelihoods, biodiversity remains the basis for a sustainable future."

Read more …

CBFP News Archive

2021

There are no news items for this period.