Can bioenergy from degraded peatlands provide a potential alternative to meet growing energy demands? Lessons learned from Indonesia
Bioenergy plants grown on degraded peatlands can serve the double function of restoration and providing a sustainable source of energy. With demand for sustainable energy growing significantly across the world, including in the global South and tropical peatland regions, there is an urgent need to rebuild resilient landscapes with multiple functions.
Knowing which bioenergy crops are suitable for cultivation on degraded lands is vital. Other crucial considerations include how such crops can enhance incomes for communities, and support biodiversity and sustainable development. The use of agroforestry systems can be a win-win solution offering agricultural production with fewer damaging environmental consequences.
Speakers share lessons learned and present the latest research on how renewable biomass can provide an alternative to meet growing energy demands.
The session will highlight:
- challenges and opportunities for renewable bioenergy from plant sources to provide a potential alternative to meet growing energy demands;
- how agroforestry can be a win-win solution for degraded peatland utilization; and
- which aspects of should be emphasized to maximize impact from renewable bioenergy from plant sources.
This session is aligned with the ITPC mandate to facilitate interdisciplinary dialogues to advance the conservation and sustainable management of peatlands globally.