Saturday, 18 November 2017 | 19:21 WIB

Peat Observers from Several Countries Visit Palangkaraya

Peat observers from several countries visited Palangkaraya.

JAKARTA, NETRALNEWS.COM - A total of 69 peat observers from nine countries came to Palangkaraya, Central Kalimantan, as part of the 1st International Peatlands Roundtable which has been going on since November 1 in Jakarta. There are five locations visited, namely Central for International Cooperation in Sustainable Management of Tropical Peatland (CIMTROP) Camp, Jalan Misik (Paludiculture), Jalan Misik (Integrated Project), canal blocking (Taruna Jaya), and deep well project in Taruna Jaya.

Head of CIMTROP from Universitas Palangkaraya, Dr. Ici Piter Kulu, said the 69 participants of the Peatlands Roundtable consisted of scientists, researchers, donor agencies, NGOs, campuses and policy-makers from Japan, Germany, Finland, Mexico, Singapore, Malaysia, Vietnam, the Netherlands and Indonesia.

"This event is very extraordinary and is expected to bring good news in the management of peat in Indonesia and the world," he said in a written statement Netralnews.com received on Tuesday (11/7/2017).

One of the objectives of this activity is to find the best technology that can be applied together so that efforts in the management and rescue of peatlands can be more effective by embracing all parties.

Meanwhile, Dr Hidenori Takahashi from Japan told a history of scientific collaboration between Indonesian and Japanese scientists. Particularly in the case of peat, several studies have been established between several campuses in Japan and Indonesia, in this case the Peat Restoration Agency (BRG).

Meanwhile, one of the founders of CIMTROP Bambang Setiadi claimed to have great expectations with the meeting of peat scientists in the world. "There is a mutual seriousness to save the peat ecosystem from the increasingly massive damage," said Bambang.