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The United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO), will host the first partners meeting for the Global Peatlands Initiative. The meeting will be held the 1st to 2nd September, 2016 at FAO Headquarters in Rome, Italy.

The Initiative will work at the global level to provide an updated overall assessment of the status of peatlands and their importance in the global carbon cycle and for national economies, with emphasis on their role in enabling the achievement of global commitments to mitigate climate change, as outlined in the Paris Agreement.

At the national level the Initiative will identify and begin to respond to the needs of pilot countries with substantial peat coverage through building the knowledge base and developing options to reduce degradation and improve the sustainability of peatland management including through restoration and the development and adoption of sustainable peat strategies and action plans.

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