Research agendas for the sustainable management of tropical peatland in Malaysia

Rory Padfield, Susan Waldron, Simon Drew, Effie Papargyropoulou, Shashi Kumaran, Susan Page, Dave Gilvear, Alona Armstrong, Stephanie Evers, Paul Williams, Zuriati Zakaria, Sing Yun Chin, Sune Balle Hansen, Ahimsa Campos-Arceiz, Mohd Talib Latif, Alex Sayok, Mun Hou Tham

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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.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)73-83
Number of pages11
JournalEnvironmental Conservation
Volume42
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 7 Mar 2015

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Keywords

  • Malaysia
  • research agendas
  • stakeholder engagement
  • sustainable management
  • tropical peatland

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Nature and Landscape Conservation
  • Pollution
  • Health, Toxicology and Mutagenesis
  • Management, Monitoring, Policy and Law
  • Water Science and Technology

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Padfield, R., Waldron, S., Drew, S., Papargyropoulou, E., Kumaran, S., Page, S., ... Tham, M. H. (2015). Research agendas for the sustainable management of tropical peatland in Malaysia. Environmental Conservation, 42(1), 73-83. https://doi.org/10.1017/S0376892914000034

Research agendas for the sustainable management of tropical peatland in Malaysia. / Padfield, Rory; Waldron, Susan; Drew, Simon; Papargyropoulou, Effie; Kumaran, Shashi; Page, Susan; Gilvear, Dave; Armstrong, Alona; Evers, Stephanie; Williams, Paul; Zakaria, Zuriati; Chin, Sing Yun; Balle Hansen, Sune; Campos-Arceiz, Ahimsa; Latif, Mohd Talib; Sayok, Alex; Tham, Mun Hou.

In: Environmental Conservation, Vol. 42, No. 1, 07.03.2015, p. 73-83.

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Padfield, R, Waldron, S, Drew, S, Papargyropoulou, E, Kumaran, S, Page, S, Gilvear, D, Armstrong, A, Evers, S, Williams, P, Zakaria, Z, Chin, SY, Balle Hansen, S, Campos-Arceiz, A, Latif, MT, Sayok, A & Tham, MH 2015, 'Research agendas for the sustainable management of tropical peatland in Malaysia', Environmental Conservation, vol. 42, no. 1, pp. 73-83. https://doi.org/10.1017/S0376892914000034
Padfield R, Waldron S, Drew S, Papargyropoulou E, Kumaran S, Page S et al. Research agendas for the sustainable management of tropical peatland in Malaysia. Environmental Conservation. 2015 Mar 7;42(1):73-83. https://doi.org/10.1017/S0376892914000034
Padfield, Rory ; Waldron, Susan ; Drew, Simon ; Papargyropoulou, Effie ; Kumaran, Shashi ; Page, Susan ; Gilvear, Dave ; Armstrong, Alona ; Evers, Stephanie ; Williams, Paul ; Zakaria, Zuriati ; Chin, Sing Yun ; Balle Hansen, Sune ; Campos-Arceiz, Ahimsa ; Latif, Mohd Talib ; Sayok, Alex ; Tham, Mun Hou. / Research agendas for the sustainable management of tropical peatland in Malaysia. In: Environmental Conservation. 2015 ; Vol. 42, No. 1. pp. 73-83.
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