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December 2, 2019

UNFCCC COP25 Side Event

The 2019 UN climate change conference (COP25) will be held from 2 to 13 December in Madrid, Spain.
At this conference, JICA co-organized an official side event on 2nd with the theme "Avoiding loss of high-carbon soils through peatland mapping and monitoring for climate action".

Peatlands cover less than 3 percent of the Earth's surface but hold the largest terrestrial organic carbon stock in their soils. To avoid peatland drainage and the rapid decrease of their carbon storage and consequent greenhouse gas emissions, it is essential to know where peatlands are located by further develop national peatland maps. Peatland mapping is a solid base to advance with climate-smart policy frameworks, land use planning and monitoring. Latest experiences, technology and guidelines of peatland mapping, monitoring and management techniques will be shared and discussed for further application.

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