Consequences of Peatland Management in SE Asia

As I grow older, I see some things repeating themselves. It is as if human society never learns from history the consequences of certain actions. This is certainly true for peatlands and peat. When I spent some university study leave time in Southeast Asia more than 30 years ago I had my first encounter with tropical peatland in Peninsular Malaysia that was starting to gear up its development of plantation agriculture on peatland for a range of crops, especially pineapple but also oil palm and sago.   I was so...

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Sphagnum farming in Guizhou

I had the unique opportunity to visit Sphagnum moss farming sites in Guizhou, China, and to learn about Sphagnum farming on mineral soils in China. Sphagnum sp. moss, of which there are globally about 300 species, are normally associated with peatlands, as Sphagnum sp. are the principal peat forming organisms. In Europe & Canada, Sphagnum moss farming, the production of Sphagnum biomass on rewetted bogs, is still in an experimental stage. This process, called paludiculture, supports achievement of global climate goals by decreasing greenhouse gas emissions from drained peat and may...

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Welcome to the new IPS website!

We are glad you have found your way to the new IPS blog that will provide you with latest information on activities of the International Peatland Society. As you will have noticed, the IPS Secretariat, with support of Trimedia Oy, has completely revamped the website of our organisation this spring. Since June, we can provide you with an open-access database of IPS proceedings, books and other publications, with up-to-date information on peat and peatlands written by our experts, and of course with a completely new layout and visual design. This...

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