The overarching purpose of the Independent Peat Expert Working Group (IPEWG) will be to help APRIL fulfil the commitments in its Sustainable Forest Management Plan (SFMP 2.0) related to its peatland operations, as well as to ascertain how APRIL can best manage its peatland concessions in a responsible manner.

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Dr. Ruth Nussbaum (Coordinator)

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Dr. Ruth Nussbaum has been working with sustainable production and sourcing of natural resources for over two decades. She has extensive experience of supporting companies in developing and implementing responsible production and sourcing programmes, advising governments and NGOs on responsible natural resource management and facilitating international and national multistakeholder processes to develop principles, standards and safeguards, as well as running a global forest certification programme and writing a range of guides and books. Dr. Nussbaum has worked in more than 40 countries and has vast experience of developing, interpreting and implementing policies and processes for delivering sustainable management and independent verification of natural resources. Dr. Nussbaum is a co-founder and director of Proforest.

Prof. Dr. Supiandi Sabiham

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Prof. Supiandi Sabiham obtained his PhD Degree in Agricultural Sciences from Kyoto University, Japan in 1988 with a specialization in “Tropical Soil Science”.  He has been working as Professor at the Department of Soil Science and Land Resource, Faculty of Agriculture, Bogor Agricultural University (IPB), Indonesia, for more than 40 years.  He has conducted extensive research on sustainable peatland management supported by national and international research funds. He has published more than 50 scientific papers in national and international journals, including both individual as well as co-authored contributions. He has been serving as the President of the Peat Society of Indonesia (HGI) for the second period since 2016.

 In 1993-1994 and between February-August 2009, Prof. Supiandi was invited by the Center for Southeast Asian Studies, Kyoto University as Visiting Scholar to carry out research focused on Peatland Management Based on Ecosystem Unique. In the period between 2011 and 2013, he worked as one of the lead authors of the 2013 Supplement to the 2006 IPCC Guidelines: Wetlands. Since 2012, he has been researcher and responsible counterpart of the research collaboration between IPB and The University of Gottingen. In January-February 2013, he was invited by the University of Gottingen as Visiting Professor to give a general lecture entitled “The History of Peat Deposits in Indonesia.” From April 2013 to March 2014, he was re-invited by the Graduate School of Agriculture, Kyoto University to conduct teaching and research focused on Carbon Management in the Tropical Peatlands. 

Dr. Vincent Gauci

04 February 2016

Prof. Vincent Gauci gained his BSc in Environmental Sciences and the University of Brighton and his PhD in Earth and Environmental Sciences at the Open University where he nw holds a Chair in Global Change Ecology.

He directs the Methane Network 'MethaneNet' www.methanenet.org and he is PI and Co-PI on numerous grants funded via the NERC, Defra, The AXA Research Fund, The Royal Society as well as other sources. His research interests are principally in the biogeochemistry of carbon-dense terrestrial ecosystems and how they interact with the atmosphere through the exchange of greenhouse gases and how these exchanges are, in turn, responding to agents of global change. These interests more specifically include the role of trees in mediating methane emissions from wetlands, the effects of fires and disturbance on fluvial carbon fluxes from forested tropical peat-swamp forest catchments in South-East Asia and investigating the effects of restoration on lowland peatland processes. He also has a long-term interest in the effects of pollution deposition on biogeochemical processes from both natural and artificial wetlands (rice paddies). Other interests include the effect of ancient atmospheric composition on wetland biogeochemistry and the effect of volcanic events on wetland ecosystem function. He has worked on peatlands in SE Asia since since 2007.



Professor Chris Evans

04 February 2016

Prof. Chris Evans gained a PhD in Environmental Sciences at the University of East Anglia, UK, and now works at the UK’s Centre for Ecology and Hydrology. He holds an honorary professorship at Bangor University, and a visiting professorship at the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences. He is a biogeochemist with over 20 years of experience in terrestrial and freshwater carbon cycling and greenhouse gas emissions, focusing in particular on peatland ecosystems. His UK-based research spans field measurement and monitoring of carbon and greenhouse gas fluxes, field and laboratory manipulation experiments, process modelling, the upscaling of process understanding to support national greenhouse gas emissions inventory reporting, and the use of Earth Observation methods to map and monitor peat condition. He advises several branches of the UK government on the impacts of land-management on peatland greenhouse gas emissions, was a Lead Author of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change ‘Wetland Supplement’, and is also a lead author on the IPCC’s ongoing revision of the Agriculture, Forestry and Other Land Use guidelines.

Prof. Chris has worked been working on tropical peatlands since 2007, studying the effects of land-use and management on aquatic and gaseous carbon losses, and is currently involved in a number of UK-funded projects aimed at reconciling agricultural and economic development with the protection of peatlands and mitigation of greenhouse gas emissions in Indonesia and Malaysia. He has published over 140 papers in peer-reviewed journals, and supervised over 20 PhDs and postdoctoral researchers.

Dr. Ari Lauren

04 February 2016

Dr Ari Laurén is an expert in mathematical modelling of hydrology, soil biogeochemical cycles and forest and plantation management. Presently he works as a senior research scientist in Natural Resources Institute Finland. He has a doctoral degree in soil science and an adjunct professorship in hydrology and nutrient cycling in the University of Eastern Finland. He has worked with boreal and tropical peatlands from production and environmental perspectives, and has published more than 60 peer reviewed scientific publications and has produced 9 scientific software.

Dr Laurén has worked for several years in pulpwood plantations in Indonesia, and has developed advanced simulation methods allowing linking of water and plantation management with peat subsidence, and carbon and nutrient balance, and growth and yield of plantations.  The simulation methods allow a search of new management methods and strategies that can balance the production and environmental targets.

Professor Susan Page

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Prof. Susan Page studied at the University of Nottingham for a BSc in Biological Sciences followed by a PhD in wetland ecology. She followed this with a lectureship at the University of Leicester where she now holds a personal chair in the Department of Geography. Between 2011 and 2015, she was the Head of Department. 

For the last 20 years Professor Page’s research has focused on the ecology and carbon dynamics of tropical peatlands, with a main focus in Southeast Asia.  She has been a partner in European Union and UK research council funded research programmes involving collaborations with UK, European and Southeast Asian partners.   When Professor Page commenced her research studies, most tropical peatlands were still in a pristine, forested condition, but over the last two decades she has seen significant changes in land use, involving loss of peat swamp forest, drainage and conversion to agriculture as well as extensive damage by wildfires.  These events have provided Professor Page with a rapidly changing backdrop for her research activities that, in turn, have led to advisory roles to government bodies and NGOs, consultancy work and her appointment as a Lead Author to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. Her current research focuses on understanding the impacts of land use change and fire on peatland ecosystems and the opportunities for carbon loss and greenhouse gas emissions mitigation. She has authored more than 100 journal papers, books, book chapters and technical reports, and has supervised more than 20 PhD students.

She is the recipient of the Busk Medal 2013 awarded by the Royal Geographical Society-Institute of British Geographers and the 2015 Theodore Sperry Award of the Society for Ecological Restoration for her conservation research on tropical peatlands.