The thematic Global Landscapes Forum: Peatlands Matter event in Jakarta explored what it means to have truly multi-directional and multi-stakeholder dialogues surrounding peatlands and the people who make a living on them.
"It's important not to see peatlands as wastelands, but as a resource."
"There are three types of knowledge that can contribute to peatlands: science, local knowledge and policy expertise."
"The landscape approach is not a project. It goes beyond that. It's a process."
"We, the communities in the field, know the condition of the land"
"Peatlands are not just land, but our identity as Dayak people. I’m here to bring the stories from the ground, from those who need to be heard."
"Peatlands provide livelihoods for millions of people worldwide and have tremendously important environmental functions. We need to support local communities in finding the best way forward. When we put people first, then we can make progress for the climate too. The reverse order is not desirable, or even possible."
"Protecting peatlands is a global priority that requires integrated spatial planning, assessing policy conflicts, and improving coordination and incentive systems. Solutions require a comprehensive program focused on defining accountability of public and private actors, while improving land rights, information and fire management systems."