Using local food crops to promote sustainable food systems and preserve peatlands

The need for sustainable food systems especially pertinent in Southeast Asia, where tropical peatlands are currently under threat due to conversion to palm oil, pulp wood and other food crops. Innovative approaches to paludiculture, the productive use of peatland, have been introduced to countries such as Indonesia with support from the UN-REDD Programme, increasing economic productivity while maintaining ecosystem co-benefits such as emissions reductions. This article outlines the Lanskap project, which addresses the production and trading of Sago (Metroxylon sago), Jelutung (Dyera polyph) and Gemor (Nothaphoebe coriacea Kosterm), and innovative uses of these paludicultural projects to support green alternatives in our economies.