SWAMP continues to leverage new opportunities for deeper emission cuts

Knowledge generated by the Sustainable Wetlands Adaptation and Mitigation Programme (SWAMP) triggered policy processes with Indonesia’s Ministry of National Development Planning (Bappenas), leading to a Ministerial Decree in October 2020. This formed the legal basis to establish a Strategic Coordination Team tasked with meeting the SDGs and low-carbon development agenda through the development of a roadmap of management strategies for peatland and mangrove ecosystems.

SWAMP also contributed to greater confidence in improving Indonesia’s FREL following its diagnosis of missing sources and sinks of GHG emissions.

“These collaborative efforts on wetlands are very timely and central to developing research-based strategies to tackle climate change”

Daniel Murdiyarso, Principal Scientist and recipient of the Habibie Prize 2020

Project info


Sustainable Wetlands Adaptation and Mitigation Program (SWAMP)



Funding partners

United States Agency for International Development (USAID), FTA

Project partners

United States Forest Service

CIFOR focal point

Daniel Murdiyarso, Principal Scientist

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In 2020 – a year like no other – CIFOR-ICRAF continued to deliver the world’s best science on forests and trees in agricultural landscapes, shifting the conversation online as the Covid-19 pandemic evolved.

This annual report features stories about expertise, dedication and perseverance. When people responded to the pandemic with calls to ban wild meat, CIFOR-ICRAF experts stepped forward with recent, highly relevant evidence in hand, highlighting the needs of communities who rely on wild game for nutrition. Other scientists forged ahead to deliver compelling research findings on improved tree seed and restoration work in Ethiopia, agroforestry in Southeast Asia, and a new model for sustainable use of woodfuel in refugee camps – among many other topics.

CIFOR-ICRAF continued to chart its path as one organization, with a new 10-year strategy that outlines game-changing solutions to five global challenges: deforestation and biodiversity loss, the climate crisis, unsustainable supply and value chains, the need to transform food systems, and extreme inequality for women, Indigenous Peoples and vulnerable rural communities.

Three new holistic approaches will deliver actionable solutions to these challenges: Transformative Partnership Platforms, Engagement Landscapes and Flagship Products. And the newly launched Resilient Landscapes aims to leverage the power of the private sector to spur greater investment in nature-based solutions.

The Global Landscapes Forum (GLF) held its first fully virtual conference in June and didn’t stop there, seeing unprecedented digital growth during the year. And the CGIAR Research Program on Forests, Trees and Agroforestry (FTA) marked its 10th science conference – also virtual – while continuing to demonstrate the power of partnership.