Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Conserve peat swamp forests, conserve our future

What is a peatland?

Peat is a soil which is composed of 65% or more organic matter (mostly semi-decomposed plant matter: trees, sedges, grasses, mosses); Normally black in color and spongy (Peat can contain c 90% water) ; Contrast: Mineral soils are made up of inorganic matter (e.g. sand, silt, clay). – ASEAN Peatlands Forest Project

South Langat Peat Swamp Forest

How is a peatland related to fire protection?

Peat has high carbon content and can burn under low moisture conditions. Once ignited by the presence of a heat source (e.g. a wildfire penetrating the subsurface), it smolders. These smoldering fires can burn undetected for very long periods of time (months, years and even centuries) propagating in a creeping fashion through the underground peat layer. Peat fires are emerging as a global threat with significant economic, social and ecological impacts. -source: wikipedia
near Raja Musa Forest Reserve

at Kuala Selangor Nature Park, a wetland.

Saving the Philippine Peatlands

There are only but a few PEATLANDS in the world. The Philippines is one of the lucky countries to have PEATLANDS. You can do your share in saving our own PEATLANDS. Let us act NOW.

In February 2011, I was involved in PEATLANDS, not in the Philippines but in Malaysia.
I will continuously do my part in this endeavor until there are PEATLANDS that must be protected.
Planting trees in Raja Musa Forest Reserve with Dr. Paulino Cabahit .

Two Filipinos in Malaysia. We formed part of that important day for our planet, the World Wetlands  Day.

Not a pooping incident

Photo taken from one of the big rivers in Mindanao This photograph is not an accident of pooping. It seems a daily routine to the house...