CIFOR Provides Guidance on Adaptation and Mitigation in Tropical Wetlands

March 2013: The Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR) has released an overview publication of its Sustainable Wetlands Adaptation and Mitigation Program (SWAMP), which outlines the project's role in informing national and international policy makers.

The publication underscores that carbon-rich mangroves and peatlands are high priorities in climate change adaptation and mitigation strategies throughout the world. SWAMP seeks to quantify greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from intact and degraded wetlands in an effort to quantify carbon stocks in tropical wetlands worldwide and develop carbon dynamics modeling tools to support policy analyses.

Based on this information, the program will help to develop mitigation and adaptation scenarios and build the capacity of the policy community to make informed decisions on managing wetlands. The program is a collaborative effort of CIFOR, the USDA Forest Service (USFS), and Oregon State University with support from the US Agency for International Development (USAID). CIFOR is a member of the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR). [Publication: CIFOR Overview of SWAMP]