How can good policy research contribute to the development and implementation of good practice on peatland restoration?
Our policy researchers are investigating the institutional, socio-economic and policy implications of peatland restoration and related fire prevention initiatives and policies with the aim of providing a substantial help to the Government of Indonesia to improve existing policies, in order to create a more conducive atmosphere towards reducing peat fires. The policy research includes the broad set of community and state governance arrangements shaping changing land uses in peat areas and which continue to make these areas susceptible to fire.
The Indonesian government is seeking to address uncontrolled peat fires and restore degraded peatland. Legislative actions have included bans on the building of drainage canals and the use of fire in land management, as well as moratoriums on granting new licences related to peatland conversion. In 2016, the major fire events of the previous year triggered the establishment of the National Peatland Restoration Agency, Badan Restorasi Gambut (BRG), with the mandate to facilitate and restore two million hectares of degraded peatland by 2021. Despite these activities, peatland fires still occur every year.