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Jakarta Post

RI wetlands integral in climate battle

  • Elly Burhaini Faizal

    The Jakarta Post

Denpasar   /   Mon, April 11 2011   /  08:00 am

Protecting wetlands will contribute significantly to the fight against climate change because of wetlands’ ability to store carbon, experts say.

Matthew Warren, a researcher from the US Forest Service, said Saturday that there could be no fight against climate change without conserving tropical wetland forests.

“It is a fact that wetlands store a lot of carbon that has the potential to be lost to the atmosphere more rapidly than any other tropical forest type,” he told The Jakarta Post on the sidelines of a three-day journalism workshop, “REDD+ and the Role of Wetlands”, in Sanur, Bali.

The workshop was held by the Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR).

Warren said the best possible thing to do in order to cope with climate change was to preserve what already exists.

“If you drain the wetlands then you allow organic soil to hav...