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The COVID-19 pandemic has been taking a major toll on public health, global economic and social conditions. Many countries globally, including Indonesia, were pushed into recession due to movement restrictions that impeded the countries’ economic growth. This crisis posed a major threat to the environment as it triggered the rise of illegal activities by people to survive. Peatland is one of the vulnerable ecosystems that might also be under pressure following the economic downfall. Notwithstanding that fact, the current peatland restoration approaches, 3R (Rewetting, Revegetating, and Revitalization of people livelihood), seem to possess potential ways to support the country’s economic recovery. This paper aims to review how peatland restoration can support the green recovery in Indonesia. I reviewed and synthesized the existing literature, including journal articles, grey literature, government and non-government reports, and news articles to examine the potential benefits of peatland restoration activities to ease the pressure on the environment while also supporting green recovery. It was identified that despite several challenges, the restoration activities could potentially mitigate the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic by reducing peat fire hazards, minimizing the occurrence of future zoonotic disease, providing alternative sources of income and job opportunities. Accordingly, investing in peatland restoration activities might be one of the promising options to build back better, creating a resilient society with sustainable green recovery.
Conference Presentation, SER2021
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