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Individual study: Practical Lessons from the Field: A Synthesis of Eight Lessons Learned Papers from the KFCP REDD+ Demonstration Activity

Published source details

KFCP . (2014) Practical Lessons from the Field: A Synthesis of Eight Lessons Learned Papers from the KFCP REDD+ Demonstration Activity. Kalimantan Forests and Climate Partnership report. Kalimantan Forests and Climate Partnership.


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Provide education or training programmes about peatlands or peatland management Peatland Conservation

A before-and-after study in 2010–2013 in peat swamps in Indonesia (KFCP 2014) reported that training local rubber farmers increased the quality of the rubber they produced. No statistical tests were carried out. Once the training was completed, farmers were able to produce rubber with 53% dry rubber content, compared to 45% before the course began. Dry rubber content is a measure of quality, and the higher quality rubber produced after the course fetched higher prices. Between 2010 and 2013, farmers in seven villages received training in rubber farming techniques and economics. The aim was to change the farmers’ knowledge and behaviour, so they produced higher quality rubber, made more money from their existing plantations and had less incentive to cultivate remaining peat swamp forests. Details of the rubber quality measurements were not reported.

(Summarised by Nigel Taylor)