Welcome to Kuching
The 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)