Matthew Warren, J. Boone Kauffman, Cahyono Agus, Iswandi Anas, Gusti Anshari, Laura D’Arcy, Fabien Garnier, Deddy Hadriyanto, Bambang Hero Saharjo, Simon Husson, I Wayan S. Dharmawan, Haruni Krisnawati, Maswar, Hubertus Matanubun, Rumi Naito, Sebastian Persch, Nur Hygiawaty Rahayu, Zoe Ryan, Sulistyo A. Siran, Solichin, Taryono Darusman, Peter J. van der Meer and Iwan Tri Cahyo Wibisono
Historically, wetlands have been valued for their numerous ecosystem services and hydrological, ecological and habitat functions. Since the early 1980s, a small number of wetland scientists have also recognised their additional value as global carbon sinks (De la Cruz 1982, 1986, Maltby and Immirzi 1993, Sorenson 1993, Page et al. 2011). Recently, tropical wetlands have entered into international policy dialogue for their important role in the global carbon cycle and climate adaptation and mitigation strategies.
When wetlands are drained, aerobic conditions stimulate organic matter decomposition and former wetland carbon sinks can emit large amounts of stored carbon into the atmosphere...