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This document was developed by a group of experts with support from the Wetlands International Russia Programme in accordance with a decision taken at the Peatlands Conservation and Wise Use in Russia International workshop held in Moscow on 25 January 2001.
A group of local and international NGOs have send a letter to the pulp-for-paper giant APRIL regarding the management of its concessions on tropical peatlands in the Kampar Peninsula. APRIL recently announced a peatland restoration project. However, at the same time, the company is continuing to drain peatlands in the same region, for pulp plantations which jeopardizes the peatland conservation and restoration ambitions.
The case study reveals that about 87% of the Rajang Delta in Sarawak may be flooded within 100 years if current peatland management is continued. Presently substantial areas are already experiencing drainage problems. This will eventually take a toll on the local communities, the economy and biodiversity. Over time problems will escalate unless management and policies are changed.
This guidebook is desiged as an easy and practical field guide for those involved in the field management of mangroves, for students and those who are interested to learn more about mangroves.