Managing and rehabilitating peatland in Indonesia

Project description

Title: Peatland Management and Rehabilitation
Commissioned by: German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ)
Country: Indonesia
Lead executing agency: Directorate of Peat Degradation Control Indonesian Ministry of Environment and Forestry (MoEF)
Overall term: 2019 to 2023


The Peatland Management and Rehabilitation (PROPEAT) project was initiated in order to reduce emissions from Indonesia’s peatland and mangrove regions. Alongside this, the project aims to improve livelihoods in rural communities.

Massive land conversion as well as mismanagement have caused degradation in wetlands in certain regions. This has also led to negative social, economic and environmental impacts.

To counter such impacts, the project aims at developing planning and implementation skills to protect and rehabilitate peat ecosystems and mangrove forests. The module combines measures directed at policy and activities designed to develop capabilities on the ground. These are implemented at the macro, meso and micro levels. At national level, there is close cooperation with the Environment and Forestry Ministry, for example in the form of policy advice.


Land uses in peat ecosystems in Indonesia are becoming more environmentally friendly through integrated planning.


PROPEAT uses a multi-level approach and engages stakeholders at national, sub-national and local level. Policy advice is applied to facilitate integrative planning and to ensure that the peatland management plans are taken into account at those levels of development planning.

In addition, applied studies and a pilot area development are expected to support the learnings and documentation of best practices in peatland and wetland management. Improving capabilities among relevant actors is the main key of the project’s approach to ensure that peatland and mangrove management become more environmentally friendly in the intervention areas.

Last update: September 2022