Frequently Asked Questions
People for Peat is a coalition that aims to combat transboundary haze and fires through the strengthened cooperation of non-state actors (NSAs) to improve sustainable management of ASEAN peatlands.
The coalition, consisting of World Resources Institute Indonesia (WRI), Yayasan Inisiatif Dagang Hijau (YIDH), and Tropical Rainforest Conservation and Research Centre (TRCRC), is implementing the Sustainable Use of Peatland and Haze Mitigation in ASEAN (SUPA) by supporting and enhancing the ASEAN Peatland Management Strategy. People for Peat is operating under the SUPA Component 2 and is funded by the European Union.
People for Peat's mission is to tackle underlying challenges of non-state actors (NSAs) to participate in sustainable peatland management. PFP's work is divided into three pillars: data and information, business and investing, as well as advocacy and outreach. (add links for the 3 pillars)
In summary, NSAs are individuals or groups of people who are not currently employed by or under contractual work with state agencies and institutes. NSA person(s) may be present from the following establishments:
- Village level communities
- Unions of farmers and smallholders
- Universities and research centres
- Civil society organisations
- Private sector or supply chain companies
- Banks and financial institutions
Peat is a type of soil that consists of three main components: semi-decomposed organic matter, water, and carbon. Over thousands of years, peat soil slowly forms when leaves, branches, and other organic matter break down in a body of water. This action causes the organic matter to partially decompose, making it sponge-like and trapping carbon from escaping from the surface.