Serena Lew

Coordinator, Peatland Programme, Global Environment Centre

Ms. Lew is a senior GEC staff member who has been specifically working on peatland related issues throughout Southeast Asia region since 2008. She was a Regional Project Officer since 2008 to provide technical support and ensure smooth implementation of peatland related projects including Australian Agency for International Development (AusAID) funded project under ASEAN Australia Development Cooperation Programme (AADCP, 2008-2009); bilateral project of Indonesia-Malaysia on “Fire and Haze Prevention through Rehabilitation and Improved Management of Peatlands in Riau Province, Sumatra, Indonesia” in 2009; IFAD-GEF funded ASEAN Peatland Forests Project (APFP) executed by the ASEAN Secretariat (2009-2014); European Union funded “Sustainable Management of Peatland Forests in Southeast Asia” (SEApeat Project, 2010-2015). The projects focused on strengthening institutional capacity and frameworks, reducing the rate of degradation on peatland in Southeast Asia, demonstrating integrated management and rehabilitation of peatlands at targeted sites, undertaking inventories and assessment to identify peatland in the region, and engaging the private sector and local communities in sustainable peatland management.

She is working closely with the ASEAN Secretariat and the ASEAN Member States with support from International Development Agencies i.e. International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) and International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) in achieving key targets of ASEAN Programme on Sustainable Management of Peatland Ecosystems (APSMPE) which were endorsed by the ASEAN Ministers responsible for the Environment in September 2013.