The “Generating Anticipatory Measures for Better Utilization of Tropical peatlands” (GAMBUT) initiative aims to minimize the damaging effects of Indonesia’s rampant forest and peatland fires by building capacity of local stakeholder groups to more effectively predict, prevent, and respond to¬†peat fires. With support from USAID, GAMBUT is implemented by the Center for Sustainable Development at the Earth Institute in partnership with the Center for Climate Risk and Opportunity Management in Southeast Asia Pacific (CCROM-SEAP) at the Institut Pertanian Bogor (IPD) and the United Nations Office for Project Services (UNOPS).

The project’s goal is to mainstream anticipatory forest and peatland fire risk management in the development planning processes of high risk provinces of Indonesia, thereby leading to a reduction in hotspot incidence and a reduction in haze impacts and greenhouse gas emissions from the land-use sector. GAMBUT’s objectives are:

  1. To equip national stakeholders with the tools and capacity required to guide districts, forest management units (FMUs) and provinces in mainstreaming peat fire management into spatial and development planning through a gender-sensitive participatory approach.
  2. To increase capacity for national scale implementation of low-emission development strategies in the land-use sector across Indonesia, including REDD+ activities.
  3. To equip provincial and district stakeholders, including local planners and communities with tools and capacity to mainstream peat fire risk mitigation activities into the development planning processes aligned with respective levels of responsibility.
  4. To improve the ability of provincial and district-based fire coordination centers and community organizations to respond more effectively to fires through the use of the early warning system.

For more information about CSD’s climate action efforts, please contact¬†Dr. Shiv Someshwar.