Peatland Meetings in Pontianak, Indonesia
In November 2012, 40 representatives from both ASEAN Peatland Forest Project (APFP) and SEApeat projects convened in Mercure Hotel Pontianak, Indonesia for their respective project steering committee meetings.
The event kicked off on 5th November with a field visit to an agricultural area in nearby Rasau Jaya. Sustainable agriculture has been practiced for years in this district, with the main crops being vegetables, corn and aloe vera.
On 6th November, the Second Project Coordination Meeting was held to report on the progress and coordinate activities in countries involved in the SEApeat project, funded by the European Union. In the afternoon, the meeting reviewed the ASEAN Peatland Management Strategy (APMS) and progress of the SEApeat Network.
On 7th November, the Seventh semi-annual Project Management Meeting for APFP took their turn, and the Fourth Project Steering Committee meeting, involving all parties, was held the following day.
APFP involves Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines and Vietnam; while SEApeat involves all ten ASEAN countries. Both projects aim to encourage conservation and sustainable management of peatlands in Southeast Asia.