Programme

The scientific and technical sessions will commence after lunch on Sunday 28th May with three parallel interactive brainstorming sessions on important and emerging peatland issues. These will be followed on Monday 29th May with the opening of the Convention by representatives of Local and National Government, followed by orientation keynotes and the start of the Symposium and Workshops.

3rd Circular – all conference details
(PDF to be printed, status 18 May)

These will conclude on Wednesday 31st May after a special session on “Restoration of Tropical Peatland”. On Wednesday afternoon there will be meetings of specialist peatland focus groups which everyone is welcome to attend.

On Tuesday 30th May there will be a full day of excursions (see the excursions page) to locations of beauty and peatland interest in the Aberdeen region to suit all tastes. The Convention Gala Dinner will be held on the evening of 30th May in an impressive stately house venue with true Scottish hospitality.

Meetings of the IPS Executive and Scientific Advisory Boards will be held on the morning of Sunday 28th May.  The IPS Round Table of National Committee representatives and the Annual Assembly will be held on the afternoon of Wednesday 31st May.

Responsible Management of Peatlands * Symposium and Workshops

SUNDAY 28th MAY

09.00-12.30 IPS business meetings: Executive Board, Scientific Advisory Board
14.00-16.00 Brainstorming Sessions on Current and Emerging Peatland Priorities
16.30-19:00 Poster setting up and first session

There will be three parallel sessions facilitated by the Chairs of the three new IPS
Commissions on Environment, Economy and Society.

MONDAY 29th MAY

09.00 Opening of the Convention
09.45-12.30 Keynote Presentations
14.00-17.30 Workshops on Responsible Management of Peatlands: (parallel sessions):

Theme A: Carbon, Management and Monitoring

Relevant land-uses:
Agriculture on bog, fen, tropical peatland;
Other land uses: conservation, moorland management (for shooting); wind farms; energy crops; paludiculture, including Sphagnum farming; plantations of oil palm, pineapple etc.)

Key topics:

a) Impact of land uses on peatland carbon balance
b) Protecting peat carbon and reducing GHG emissions
c) Impact of land uses on ecosystem services
d) Codes of practice: effectiveness and opportunities
e) Historical information
f) Survey

Theme B: Responsible Management of Peatlands under Forestry

Relevant land-uses:
Peatland forestry in the UK; peatland forestry in the rest of Europe; peatland forestry in North America; peatland forestry and plantations in the tropics

Key topics:

a) Impact of forestry on peatland carbon balance
b) Protecting peat carbon and reducing GHG emissions
c) Impact of timber/pulpwood production on ecosystem services
d) Codes of practice: effectiveness and opportunities

Theme C: Responsible Peat Production

Relevant areas:
Responsible Peat Production Certification in the EU
Floriculture Peat Certification in Canada
UK Growing Media Association proposal
Peat use in horticulture; energy use of peat

Key topics:

a) Impact of peat production on peatland carbon balance
b) Protecting peat carbon and reducing GHG emissions – e.g. through end-use restoration
c) Balancing peat production and ecosystem services
d) Codes of practice: effectiveness and opportunities
C) Responsible Peat Production

Theme D: Responsible Peatland Restoration

Relevant areas:
Peatland restoration in the UK and Europe
Peatland restoration in other countries
GHG mitigation

Key topics:
a) Impact of restoration on peatland carbon balance
b) Protecting peat carbon and reducing GHG emissions
c) Impact of restoration on ecosystem services
d) Codes of practice: effectiveness and opportunities
e) Monitoring rewetting/restoring peatland

TUESDAY 30 MAY
Excursions

WEDNESDAY 31ST MAY

08.30-10.00 Special Session on Restoration of Tropical Peatland:
Contributions by members of the Indonesian Peatland Restoration Agency, and Global Peatland Initiative

10.00 Refreshment break and Posters

10.30-12.15 Plenary on future direction of responsible management of peatland
10.30-11.10 Summary presentations by the four Workshop facilitators (max 10 min each)
11.10-12.00 Participants discussion and conclusions
12.00-12.30 Closing of the Symposium and Workshops and information on the event to mark the 50th Anniversary of the IPS in 2018 and the IPS Annual Convention 2019.

12.30 Lunch

14.00-16.00 Round Table and Annual Assembly of IPS National Committee Representatives
14.00-16.00 Focus group planning sessions

 

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