Monitoring, evaluation, learning and impact assessment (MELIA)

An independent evaluation of the impact of the Sustainable Wetlands Adaptation and Mitigation Program (SWAMP) on the logging moratorium concludes that the policy has been largely ineffective in decreasing deforestation to date. It also shows that if the moratorium were to achieve full protection, Indonesia could avoid the release of 10–20 million tons of carbon dioxide over the next 15 years, which corresponds to a mean social value of $402–805 million using a $40/ton social cost of carbon.

With SWAMP’s timely knowledge generation on tropical wetland carbon dynamics, we estimate that $4.03–40.26 million worth of social benefits can be attributed to FTA research. Furthermore, through its involvement in the IPCC Wetlands Supplement and the Blue Carbon Initiative, SWAMP stands to positively influence the future of 45 billion tons of carbon stored in non-Indonesian tropical peatlands and the global extent of mangroves.

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