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Strategy for Responsible Peatland Management

The Strategy for Responsible Peatland Management was published as a joint stakeholder document in 2010. The document contains information on the extent of peatlands, their values and the use of peatlands and peat worldwide. It formulates strategic objectives and actions for biodiversity, hydrology and water regulation, for climate and climate change processes, for economic activities, for after-use, rehabilitation and restoration, for human and institutional capacity and information dissemination, as well as for the engagement of local people and good governance. To order a printed copy, visit https://bit.ly/srpm2010. To read the...

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Peatlands, their location and their use

Peatlands can be found across all five continents, especially in the Northern hemisphere and in Southeast Asia. Many of them are in pristine or near-natural condition, but they are also increasingly degraded and often misunderstood. Peatlands are extremely important for our climate and biodiversity. In many regions, they also play an important role for society and the economy. Drained peatlands are widely used for agriculture (7%), forestry (4%) and many other purposes. Of all the peatland areas, 0.1% are used for peat extraction, and 0.05% for growing media. The tropical...

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Presentations of the 16th International Peatland Congress

The 16th International Peatland Congress was held virtually, hosted by the Estonian National Committee of the IPS in May 2021, with over 185 oral and 75 poster presentations. International Peatland Congresses (IPC) are the main forum for IPS members and other peatland specialists to meet and exchange information. They are held every four years and attended by young, mid-career and experienced scientists, as well as students of biology, geology, horticulture, forestry, agriculture, history and many other subjects, around 700-800 persons. Click on the links below to watch the original presentations...

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IPS COP26 Peatland Networking Event 5 November

Welcome to the IPS networking event on 5 November! Peatland Partnerships in Climate Change Mitigation and Nature Recovery Location: Peatland Pavilion, blue zone Time: 11:30 - 13:00 hrs GMT (UTC+0) Register here (closed right now): https://globalpeatlands.online/PeatlandPavilionCOP26Registration Virtual pavilion tour: https://storage.net-fs.com/hosting/6147066/7/ (recorded sessions will be added to dome 6 soon) The event can also be watched afterwards, if you have registered above and go back to Friday in your agenda. PROGRAMME Chair of Session: Jack Rieley, Chair of Scientific Advisory Board, 2nd Vice President Welcome by Dr Alue Dohong, Deputy Minister...

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Acting Secretary General appointed

The IPS Executive Board confirmed at their meeting on 23 February that all activities of the Society with members, stakeholders and others will be maintained. It also agreed on a team and timetable to fill the position of Secretary General. As interim measure Diplom-Kaufmann (FH) Susann Warnecke was appointed Acting Secretary General as of 1 March, in addition to her current tasks. We look forward to continue cooperation with you! #peatland #peat #togetherwearestronger. For more information on the Secretariat, visit www.peatlands.org/secretariat.

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16th International Peatland Congress now fully virtual experience

Press release 22 February 2021 In light of on-going developments with COVID-19 and after thoughtful discussions, the IPC2021 organizing committee has decided to move our 16th International Peatland Congress to an entirely online format. The official dates for the IPC2021 online congress are Monday, 3 May - Thursday, 6 May. We believe this is the safest approach for the well-being of our global audience. The virtual congress will include plenary keynote sessions, scientific sessions, plenary PEAT Talks session, full-day Industry Summit programme, as well as spaces in which to connect...

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Change of IPS Secretary General

As of 26 February, current Secretary General Gilbert Ludwig will head for new challenges. We warmly thank him for all efforts for the Society and wish him success in his new tasks! IPS' Presidents met on 16 February, and the Executive Board will meet on the 23rd to decide on future recruitment for the position. The work of the organisation continues normally and we will keep you updated on developments. If you have any questions, do not hesitate to contact the Secretariat via susann.warnecke (at) peatlands.org, the IPS President at...

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Paint Your Peatland!

IPS Launches Art Competition for World Wetlands Day Raised bogs, fens, tropical peat swamp forest, cutover areas, birds, mosses, great apes, people, tools, nature, fresh air, water, and machinery. We all know peatlands, but have you seen them through the lens of art? As physical meetings are not possible right now, we are organising an art competition for World Wetlands Day, which is celebrated on 2 February 2021! You can draw, paint, glue or pencil your favourite mire landscape, animal, plant, tractor, garden, bog monster or anything else related to...

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The highs of boggy flows in 2020

As we say goodbye to 2020, to what has been an incredibly and unpredictably challenging year in many ways for many people, it is important to sift through the muddy (swamp) waters for positive news. For peatlands, the last 12 months have provided many sources of hope. Various happenings have brought the societal relevance of peatlands further into the public eye, and shone light on some of the great work of peatland scientists and practitioners across the world. Here are a few highlights (hopefully you also know of many more!)....

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Indonesia planning new Mega Rice Project

When President Habibie of Indonesia in 1999 closed down,  as a complete failure, the Mega Rice Project (MRP) in Central Kalimantan, that was established by his predecessor Suharto three years earlier, I thought that strong lessons had been learned, and this would be the end of attempts to develop the vast areas of peatland in that country. How wrong I was and, in the twenty years since then, we have seen major conversions on thick peat in Kalimantan and Sumatra to plantations of oil palm and paper pulp trees, occupying...

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