'Selamat Datang' (Welcome) to IPC 2016
On behalf of the organising committee, it is my pleasure and with great delight to announce that the 15th International Peat Congress 2016 (IPC 2016) will be held in Kuching, Sarawak, Malaysia from August 15th to 19th, 2016.
This is the first time the Congress will be organised in Southeast Asia and this, in itself, presents a marvellous opportunity to showcase peatlands, related sciences and industries and the different and diverse facets of region to the world. Moreover, it will provide a platform to bring together all research community from each and every part of the globe to come together and experience a unique mixture of cultures as well tap into the abundant resources for research on peatlands and peat.
The organisers are preparing various and inspiring programmes of events, demonstrations and field visits unparalleled in the history of International Peat Congresses, bringing together information and discussions on land use, land use change and economic development while emphasising the importance of biodiversity and conservation of peatlands. There will be multiple sessions on all aspects of peatlands and peat based on the 10 IPS Commissions but with opportunities to propose additional sessions on specialist and emerging topics to suit every preference and requirement.
The Congress will be well worth the effort and time to come to Kuching. There will be a broad selection of cultural and social events and field excursions to provide an excellent introduction to Sarawak, Malaysia, and the wider Southeast Asian region. The costs of food and accommodation are very reasonable, and for those coming from afar, it is an excellent opportunity to combine the Congress with a holiday. It is the chance of a lifetime.
Last but not least, I look forward to meeting you and assure that you will have an exciting and memorable experience on your visit here. I truly believe that all delegates will find IPC 2016 a prolific and meaningful congregation towards enhancing the peatlands and hence the world, to be a better and sustainable place for everyone, now and in the future.
Mr. Frederick Haili Teck
President, Malaysian Peat Society (MPS)