Conference 2019

The 9th Conference in the IUCN UK Peatland Programme Series will be held in Belfast: 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

                                                    Book tickets to join us at this years' conference. 

This, the 9th in our conference series, celebrates 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 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 will come 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

Please submit your field trip preferences by Friday 20th September  by following the link at the end of the Field Trip descriptions.


It’s all about knowledge exchange & networking

Across the 3 days activities and promotional opportunities include:

  • 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). 

For more information see FAQs. To book tickets.

Formal Networking evening, Stormont Parliament buildingsTuesday 1st October, 2019

Hosted this year at Stormont Parliament building the evening will include a drinks reception, mini-tours of the Chambers, a three course meal and transport to and from the Europa Hotel, Belfast. This conference networking evening, including dinner, provides an opportunity to broaden the reach of conference participation beyond the main programme of professional presentations, field visits and exhibits. It also provides an opportunity for business to find out more about the role of peatlands in helping people and saving our planet. The evening will showcase locally sourced sustainable produce where possible and celebrate the cultural connections of people with peatlands. Dress code: smart casual. 

Stormont Parliament Building

Above: Stormont Parliament Building © Visit Belfast  For more information about Belfast see Visit Belfast 

Book tickets to join us at this years' conference. 

If you are interested in sponsoring the IUCN UK Peatland Programme 2019 please contact for a Sponsorship prospectus or to discuss bespoke options. 

If you have any queries please contact


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