ABOUT IPEWG

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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Members

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Dr. Ruth Nussbaum (Coordinator)

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Prof. Dr. Supiandi Sabiham

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Dr. Vincent Gauci

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Professor Chris Evans

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Dr. Ari Lauren

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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.