Peatlands are wetland ecosystems characterized by layers of organic matter or peat; they act as carbon sinks accumulating carbon dioxide and are critical for preserving biodiversity. RSPO defines peat soils in Indonesia and Malaysia as soils with an organic layer of more than 50cm in the top 100cm of soil containing more than 65% of organic matter.
Through centuries of human activity, peatlands have come under threat. The World Economic Forum estimates that it covers only around 3% of the earth’s solid surface, but stores around 33% of the world’s overall carbon. That is why Musim Mas is actively committed to conserving these areas of importance (see our NDPE Policy).« Back to Glossary Index