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Research agendas for the sustainable management of tropical peatland in Malaysia

Padfield, Rory, Waldron, Susan, Drew, Simon, Papargyropoulou, Effie, Kumaran, Sasikala, Page, Susan, Gilvear, Dave, Armstrong, Alona, Evers, Stephanie, Williams, Paul, Zakaria, Zuriati, Chin, Sing, Hansen, Sune, Campos-Arceiz, Ahimsa, Latif, Mohd Talib, Sayok, Alexander and Tham, Mun Hou (2015). Research agendas for the sustainable management of tropical peatland in Malaysia. Environmental Conservation: an international journal of environmental science,42(1):73-83.

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Title Research agendas for the sustainable management of tropical peatland in Malaysia
Author Padfield, Rory
Waldron, Susan
Drew, Simon
Papargyropoulou, Effie
Kumaran, Sasikala
Page, Susan
Gilvear, Dave
Armstrong, Alona
Evers, Stephanie
Williams, Paul
Zakaria, Zuriati
Chin, Sing
Hansen, Sune
Campos-Arceiz, Ahimsa
Latif, Mohd Talib
Sayok, Alexander
Tham, Mun Hou
Journal Name Environmental Conservation: an international journal of environmental science
Publication Date 2015
Volume Number 42
Issue Number 1
ISSN 0376-8929   (check CDU catalogue open catalogue search in new window)
Scopus ID 2-s2.0-84922338187
Start Page 73
End Page 83
Total Pages 11
Place of Publication United Kingdom
Publisher Cambridge University Press
Field of Research 0502 - Environmental Science and Management
HERDC Category C1 - Journal Article (DIISR)
Abstract There is a need for coordinated research for the sustainable management of tropical peatland. Malaysia has 6% of global tropical peat by area and peatlands there are subject to land use change at an unprecedented rate. This paper describes a stakeholder engagement exercise that identified 95 priority research questions for peatland in Malaysia, organized into nine themes. Analysis revealed the need for fundamental scientific research, with strong representation across the themes of environmental change, ecosystem services, and conversion, disturbance and degradation. Considerable uncertainty remains about Malaysia's baseline conditions for peatland, including questions over total remaining area of peatland, water table depths, soil characteristics, hydrological function, biogeochemical processes and ecology. More applied and multidisciplinary studies involving researchers from the social sciences are required. The future sustainability of Malaysian peatland relies on coordinating research agendas via a ‘knowledge hub’ of researchers, strengthening the role of peatlands in land-use planning and development processes, stricter policy enforcement, and bridging the divide between national and provincial governance. Integration of the economic value of peatlands into existing planning regimes is also a stakeholder priority. Finally, current research needs to be better communicated for the benefit of the research community, for improved societal understanding and to inform policy processes.
Keywords Malaysia
research agendas
sustainable management
stakeholder engagement
tropical peatland
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