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.
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.
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).
We are delighted to bring the conference to you this year in partnership with:
- DAERA, Department of Agriulture, Environment and Rural Affairs - www.daera-ni.gov.uk/ and
- Pennine PeatLIFE - http://penninepeatlife.org.uk/
- Northern Ireland Water - www.niwater.com/sustainable-development/
Kindly sponsored by:
- RPS - www.rpsgroup.com/company/offices/europe/uk/belfast/
- Salix River and Wetland Services Ltd. - www.salixrw.com/
And with much appreciated support from: