Frequently Asked Questions
Indonesia has approximately 50 per cent of the world’s tropical peatlands, which cover roughly 22 million hectares and are distributed across the islands of Sumatra, Kalimantan, and Papua. Around 50 per cent of the peatlands in Sumatra and Kalimantan are currently managed by smallholders or industrial plantation companies that cultivate dryland species such as oil palm, acacia and food crops. Whereas undisturbed peatlands are water-logged ecosystems that resist fire under most circumstances, peatlands that are drained by canals are highly flammable. To learn more about the issue of drainage and the restoration of degraded peatlands, please see the FAQ’s.