Indonesian Peat Prize

Indonesian Peat Prize

We live in one of the most beautiful places on earth. We are also stewards of an incredible hidden natural resource: the largest peat swamp forest in the world. These vital lands play a critical role in biodiversity and climate regulation. They are also in high demand by a number of stakeholders—including government, local communities and commercial-scale agriculture—resulting in rapidly degraded peatlands that release large stores of carbon dioxide into the air. To address this challenge, we need to transform how we manage peatlands. The first step: to quickly and accurately map our peatlands. Mapping our peatlands will give us the information we need to manage them efficiently and effectively. President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo has made peatland management a priority, with the Minister of Environment and Forestry Dr. Siti Nurbaya Bakar leading national peatland initiatives and the establishment of Indonesia’s new peatland restoration agency. We believe the best mapping solution has yet to be discovered. So how do we find it? By working together. The Indonesian Peat Prize is an ambitious, collaborative prize to find a new, more accurate, faster way of mapping extent and thickness of our peatlands so we can manage them for the benefit of all. We’re bringing the ingenuity, collaboration, and imagination of all of Indonesia—and the entire world—together on one of the great challenges of our age. Join us. Together, we can map a way forward—not just for Indonesia, but for the world.

Deadline(s):Program complete - for information only

Funding Type(s): Research, Travel

Eligibility: Collaborative, Institutional

Area(s): Southeast Asia

Keyword(s): Mapping, Environment, Sustainable development
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