Wetland Internationals describes Paludiculture as the cultivation of native wetland species that are adapted to wet conditions, and deliver economically valuable products and services. Paludiculture can deliver substantial co‐benefits by preserving and sequestering carbon, supporting climate change mitigation and adaptation activities, regulating water dynamics (flood control) and water quality (purification), and conserving and restoring peatlands’ typical flora and fauna.
FAO reported that there are 165 species which have been identified to be suitable for paludiculture development in Indonesia. Besides producing traditional agricultural commodities such as food, feed, fiber and fuel, these paludiculture-suitable species can also generate other raw materials for a variety of purposes, such as for energy, construction, and biochemical products/industrial biochemistry. Among them are sago (Metroxylon spp.) for the production of noodles, purun grass (Eleocharis dulcis) for basketry, tengkawang (Shorea spp.) which produces edible oil, jelutung (Dyera spp.) which produces natural rubber, and rattan (Calamus rotang) for basketry and furniture.
Our foundation has a great interest at contributing in this particular agricultural practice. We are willing to scale-up paludiculture by providing resources to conduct relevant collaborative researches on its socio-economic, environmental, and gender aspects as suggested by FAO. We strongly welcome any partnership from established organizations with experience in this field.