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UN-REDD Programme Event: The Need for Local Action to Sustain Peatlands Globally

10 November 2017 | Bonn, Germany

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L-R: Hans Joosten, Greifswald University; Moderator Jan Peters, Greifswald Mire Centre; Victorine che Thoner, Greenpeace; Bas Tinhout, Wetlands International; Alberto Paniagua, Executive Director, Profonanpe, Peru; and Ruben Rashidi Bukanga, Ministry of Environment, Democratic Republic of the Congo

This event, presented by Wetlands International and the Greifswald Mire Centre, convened on 10 November 2017 in Bonn, Germany, on the sidelines of the 23rd session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 23) to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). The event was organized within the framework of the Global Peatlands Initiative and moderated by Jan Peters, Greifswald Mire Centre.

IISD Reporting Services, through its ENB+ Meeting Coverage, provided web coverage from the event on “The Need for Local Action to Sustain Peatlands Globally.” In addition, IISD Reporting Services has published a briefing note from the event in HTML and PDF.

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Hans Joosten, Greifswald University, said “peatlands are like a jar of pickles: if you remove the water, they rot.”

Victorine che Thoner, Greenpeace, said people in the Congo Basin want authorities to protect their forests.


Alberto Paniagua, Executive Director, Profonanpe, Peru, highlighted the challenges of working with seven indigenous peoples’ communities with different languages and cultures.

Bas Tinhout, Wetlands International, said peatland fires have high human, economic and environmental costs.


Moderator Jan Peters, Greifswald Mire Centre

Video depicting peatland restoration project in Indonesia


L-R: Hans Joosten, Greifswald University; Moderator Jan Peters, Greifswald Mire Centre; Alberto Paniagua, Executive Director, Profonanpe, Peru; Ruben Rashidi Bukanga, Ministry of Environment, Democratic Republic of the Congo; and Bas Tinhout, Wetlands International


Victorine che Thoner, Greenpeace, presents “wishes” from people from the Congo Basin, to Ruben Rashidi Bukanga, Ministry of Environment, DRC, and Tim Christophersen, UN Environment.


A view of the room during the event


A participant asks a question to the panel

Participants listen to panelists


Participants during the discussion


Specific funding for coverage of the event on “The Need for Local Action to Sustain Peatlands Globally”
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