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Foreword by the President of the International Peatland Society (IPS)

Welcome to Kuching

photoThe  International  Peat  Congress  (IPC)  has  a  long  history.  It  is  the  prime  scientific  event  of  the International Peatland Society (IPS) and has been organized every fourth year since the first meeting in Ireland in 1954. The 15th IPC will be different from all the previous Congresses. For the first time the IPC is organized in Tropical Asia – in Kuching, Malaysia.

Peat and peatland scientists and stakeholders from all world regions are invited to this prestigious event. As in previous years, the scientific core of the meeting will embrace ALL aspects of peat and peatlands globally,  as  well  as  regional  and  local  characteristics  of  the  host  country.  The  most  recent  results from  studies  on  pristine,  cultivated  and  restored  areas  will  be  presented  and  speakers  will  give  new knowledge on carbon emissions and climate change, biodiversity, after-use and peatland restoration, nature conservation and responsible management of peatlands. On display we also have the important peat products for energy and horticulture, and cultural, educational, medicinal and socio-economic aspects of peatlands and peat. The latter include even peat art, literature and music!

While  the  15th IPC,  as  all  previous  Congresses,  maintains  the  interest  and  participation  of  peatland  scientists  and  stakeholders from all over the world, the Kuching Congress obviously presents an extra favourable opportunity for input from and participation of peat family members in the Asian region. The Congress will serve as the perfect platform for highlighting the characteristics and importance of tropical peatlands, certainly including those covered with rainforests, with the aim of filling knowledge gaps related to their vital role in the welfare of people and wildlife. In addition we would like to highlight the large role of Asia as a market area in international trade, an aspect that our European and North-American members are surely appreciating. You are very welcome to add to this impressive mix of knowledge and experience by presenting, listening and socializing.

I recently had the pleasure of visiting Kuching, the Congress venues and also experience some of the exciting excursion routes. My immediate and lasting impression of the visit is that as a peat lover the 15th IPC is an event you should not miss. I was met by a great hospitality and a solid commitment by the organisers to offer the right set of circumstances for a top class international meeting.

The International Peatland Society is a proud partner of the main IPC15 organizer, the Malaysian Peat Society. We invite you to a unique Congress with lots of opportunities for expanding your networks and sharing knowledge on peat and peatlands.

Mark 15–19 August 2016 in your calendar. Let’s meet at the IPC15 in Kuching next year!

Prof. Björn Hånell
President, International Peatland Society (IPS)

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Important Dates

  • Deadline for Abstract Submission

    15 January 2016
  • Deadline of Extended Abstract Submission

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  • Deadline for Normal Registration

    30 June 2016