This session will explore the collaborative work being done by African and international partners of the Global Peatlands Initiative on the conservation, restoration and sustainable management of peatlands highlighting the Nile River Basin Region. Partners will share their work in mapping the extent and status of peatlands, quantifying their carbon storage, transboundary management plans, and share options for sustainable livelihoods for the communities that rely on the peatlands. The Nile Basin peatlands have the potential to be an important low-cost, low-tech and high-impact climate change mitigation strategy for the region and Africa. These efforts are also important to note as we develop priority work areas for the UN Decade on Ecosystem Restoration one of which could be to support peatlands conservation and restoration efforts globally.
Rome Centre for Sustainable Development Nature, Climate and Energy
Leonard AkwanyRegional Wetlands Expert
Nile Basin Initiative (NBI)
Alexandra BarthelmesSenior Researcher
Alban KisifeForest Economist
International Climate Initiative (IKI) – BMU
Samer ElshehawiAssociate Researcher
Greifswald Mire Centre
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