The ‘Training Program on Peatland Assessment and Management – Regional Training of Trainers (TOT) was held in Kuala Selangor, 22-26th February 2011. More than 40 participants representing 9 countries in Southeast Asia participated in this training. The Training Programme was organised by the ASEAN Secretariat and the Global Environment Centre (as the Regional Project Executing Agency) in partnership with the Forestry Department Peninsular Malaysia, and the Selangor Forestry Department. It was held as part of the regional capacity building activities to support the implementation of the ASEAN Peatland Management Strategy (2006-2020) under the IFAD-GEF funded ASEAN Peatland Forests Project (APFP). The training was also jointly supported by the European Commission under SEApeat project. In conjunction with this Training, the European Commission Ambassador H.E. Mr Vincent Piket launched the EC funded SEApeat project on the 25th February 2011, in the presence of the Director General of the Forestry Department Peninsular Malaysia, the Director of Global Environment centre, and all the representatives from ASEAN countries participating in the Training.
The objective of TOT session is to build the capacity of senior technical personnel at the Southeast Asian countries in sustainable peatland management and conservation, focusing on the area of peatland assessment and management. Modules of the training programme include 1) Introduction to Peat, 2) Values of Peatlands, 3) Threats to Peatlands and Consequences of Disturbance, 4) Management of Peat and, 5) Training on Peat Assessment. Besides classroom lectures, participants were also assigned into various groups for the field assessment component, and to prepare field assessment report.