The 17th International Peat Congress (IPC 2024) will be held in Taizhou, Zhejiang Province, China from August 4th to 9th, 2024.The Congress is hosted by the International Peatland Society and organized by Northeast Normal University, Chinese Academy of Forestry, Taizhou University , China Humic Acid Industry Association and Taizhou Peat Research and Development Center.
The proposed theme of the Congress is “Peatlands in a Changing World”. The Congress aims to provide a platform for peatland scientists, entrepreneurs and other stakeholders to stimulate the exchanges of knowledge, best practices and new ideas about multiple functions and biodiversity conservation of peatlands from a global perspective, advocate responsible use of peat and peatland resources, and recognize the values of peatlands in economic, environmental and social aspects from a sustainable perspective in a changing world.
We have an exciting and diverse program planned for the Congress, featuring a range of keynote speakers, symposia, workshops and oral and poster presentations that highlight collaboration between different peatland sectors and disciplines. Attendees will have the opportunity to collaborate and discuss various topics, including but not limited to:
Ecological functions, conversation, and management of peatlands
Peatlands and human life
Technical innovation in peat industry
Tropical peatlands and more!
In addition to a variety of exiting sessions, we have also planned various networking events throughout the week. We warmly welcome all the participants to China!
We will host this virtual community gathering on the topic ‘Rewilding Waterways: Restoring Nature’s Flow’ on Tuesday, November 28th at 4:00PM CET/3:00PM BST/7:00AM PDT. The duration of the event will be of 90 minutes.
The Rewilding Community of Practice aims to build a network of rewilding enthusiasts and professionals who can exchange ideas and information to help build a better world.
This is a fantastic opportunity for budding and more experienced rewilders to learn more about what it takes to rewild waterways from four experienced practitioners with very different approaches to rewilding but have a shared passion for preserving our most precious resource for future generations.
We hope you will join us in our effort to scale our collective impact and rewild our planet!
Nick Steiner (Permanick), Lena Hommes (Wageningen University PhD) and Hanna Öllös & Jonas Sommer (Biking4Biodiversity)
Nick Steiner, Founder of Permanick
Meet Nick Steiner, founder of Permanick and a passionate advocate for one of our most crucial resources—water. By highlighting the significance of water cycles and how to restore them, he empowers and supports busy landowners to achieve more with less effort. Nick’s expertise spans securing drinking water, mitigating droughts and floods, and fostering regenerative landscapes. During this event, Nick wil share insights on how to create healthy and functional ecosystems around us with a specific focus on the use of water in regenerative agriculture.
Lena Hommes PhD, Political Ecology and Water Governance Researcher
Lena Hommes is a researcher in political ecology and water governance in Europe and Latin America. She has worked as lecturer and post-doc researcher at the Water Resources Management Group at Wageningen University on topics related to environmental and water justice, as well as with the German development cooperation in Peru on urban drinking water and sanitation management. More recently Lena has focused on the discussions and conflicts triggered by river restoration projects. She is particularly interested in understanding the diverging ideas and interests about whether nature and rivers should be restored, and how, where and to what degree that should and could be done. In her talk, Lena will share some insights from her research on conflicts around river restoration, specifically dam removal in Spain.
Hanna Öllös & Jonas Sommer, Ecologists and Founders of Biking4Biodiversity
Hanna and Jonas are two ecologists who embarked on a unique journey which they called Biking4Biodiversity. They are on a journalistic conservation mission, cycling across over 20 countries and 20.000 km to discover and share initiatives and the people behind them, who dedicate their lives to the protection of local biodiversity. Through their journey they want to inspire collaborative action based on community conservation, solidarity and climate justice. Local communities are the core of their journey, as they meet organizations, initiatives and individuals in each country and learn about their efforts, challenges and successes in protecting their local nature. After 1,5 years on the road and 17 countries crossed by bicycle, they will be oining the event from Vietnam.
Further event information
Following the speakers’ conversation there will be time for questions from the audience. The event will be a participatory event taking place on Zoom.
The first global stocktake will conclude at COP28 in UAE in December of this year. The stocktake offers a unique opportunity to call for decisive change. It is an opportunity to urgently respond to the need to accelerate progress by collectively embarking on a swift and profound transformation of our economic and social systems. APCW 2023 and all the Regional Climate Weeks provide a platform for policymakers, practitioners, businesses and civil society to exchange on climate solutions, barriers to overcome and opportunities realized in different regions. The Climate Weeks consider four major systems-based tracks with a view to providing region-focused contributions to inform the global stocktake:
Energy systems and industry
Cities, urban and rural settlements, infrastructure and transport
Trees, food, carbon and climate: Connecting the solutions
Choices and actions taken – or not taken – in the next decade will have climate impacts for thousands of years. In the last months of 2023, a year of scorching heat records, the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) will meet in Dubai at COP28 to agree on actions that will determine our planet’s future.
As a global leader on forests, trees, agroforestry and soil health, CIFOR-ICRAF has the evidence and insights people need to make these hard choices. Through eye-level dialogue with all stakeholders, our experts continue to inform policies and practices that benefit forests, landscapes and people.