The event was within theframework of the ASEAN Secretariat-run project “Rehabilitation andSustainable Use of Peatlands in Southeast Asia” (or Peatlands Project).
Experts and scientists also discussed and submitted proposals to a draft of the national action plan on peatland management.
They tabled issues concerning the situation of Vietnam’s peatlands,the change of peatland ecosystems and biodiversity, values and functionsof those in U Minh region, which includes U Minh Thuong and U Minh Haforests in the Mekong Delta provinces of Ca Mau and Kien Giang.
Peatlands in Southeast Asia account for 60 percent of all tropicalpeatland. In Vietnam, two thirds of its 36,000 hectares of peatland areconcentrated in the Mekong Delta region.
They are of importancedue to their wood resources, diverse flora ecosystems and control of theglobal climate. Peatlands in ASEAN countries store about five percentof all carbon on the earth’s surface.
The Peatlands Project issupported by the Global Environment Fund through the International Fundon Agricultural Development. Its members are Indonesia, Malaysia, thePhilippines and Vietnam with technical assistance from Singapore andBrunei.-VNA