Conference 2019

The 9th Conference in the IUCN UK Peatland Programme Series was held in Belfast on 1st - 3rd October 2019

Image: Ballynahone Bog © Ben Hall

Conference 2019


9th IUCN UK Peatland Programme Conference
Peatlands: Investing in the Future
1st – 3rd October 2019 
Europa Hotel, Belfast

                                                                  Conference summary & presentations coming soon. 

This, was the 9th in our conference series, celebrating the 10th year of the IUCN UK Peatland Programme partnership. 

Europa hotel, Belfast

                             Above: Europa Hotel, Belfast (left) Belfast skyline (right) © Visit Belfast

The conference series presents an opportunity for policy makers, scientists, land managers, practitioners, businesses and communicators to connect and share their knowledge, expertise and enthusiasm for peatlands.

Over 200 local, national and international delegates from across sectors came together over 3 days to
explore themes including:

  • UK peatlands in an international context
  • Progress made towards UK Peatland Strategy goals
  • Update on key peatland topics: Commission of Inquiry
  • Peatlands and Climate Change
  • Natural Capital & Innovative Investment
  • Evidence & priority research needs and break-throughs
  • Building support for Peatland Protection & Restoration
  • Restoration challenges, new developments & best practice.

Download Summary Conference Programme (below left) and submit field trip options (below right)

Download summary conference programme

Field trip descriptions


It’s all about knowledge exchange & networking

Across the 3 days activities and promotional opportunities included:

  • Conference hub with a programme of professional presentations & field trips
  • Formal Networking evening, Stormont Parliament buildings,Tuesday 1st October, 2019
  • Evening Reception & Poster Exhibition, Europa Hotel, Belfast, Wednesday 2nd October, 2019
  • Delegate designed workshops and project-led sessions to discuss key issues
  • Networking breaks, including refreshments and lunches throughout the conference
  • Field trip options include:
    • The largest area of intact blanket bog in Northern Ireland and RAMSAR site (Garron Plateau);
    • An intact lowland raised bog (Ballynahone Bog);
    • A reserve of wooded hills, regenerating cut-over bog and uncut remnant of a much more extensive bog (Peatlands Park);
    • A Cross-border Global Geopark with a boardwalk across the bog (Cuilcagh) and
    • An active raised bog at the centre of the local community which hosted three ‘Day on the Bog’ festivals (Killconny Bog). 


Partner and sponsor logos

We are delighted to bring the conference to you this year in partnership with:

Kindly sponsored by:

And with much appreciated support from:

Richard Payne
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