Programme structure

Tuesday 11 September 

Location: Queens Lounge ss Rotterdam 
Facilitator: Dr. Reinier de Man

Time Speaker   Topic
8.30     Registration, coffee and poster presentation
10.00 Guus van Berckel Chair Organising Committee Welcome
10.00 Gerald Schmilewski President of IPS Welcome
10.00 Juhani Päivänen Honary President of IPS Welcome 
10.10 Pieter van Geel  National Climate and Energy Agreement Welcome and official opening
10.20 Bernard Bélanger CEO Premier Tech Welcome
10.30 Prof. dr. ir. Theo Spek University of Groningen, The Netherlands Landscape history of the Netherlands; the result of 1.000 years of peatland drainage, agriculture use and peat cutting
10.55 Jens Leifeld  Research Division Agroecology and Environment Zurich Global Peatlands in the Light of the Paris Agreement and the 4 ‰ Initiative – Do they play a Role?
Read more >
11.15 Prof. Supiandi Sabiham Bogor Agricultural University

Managing the Indonesian Tropical Peatlands: Past, Present and Future 

11.30 Dr. Alue Dohong Badan Restorasi Gambut Republik Indonesia Implementing Peatland Restoration in Indonesia: technical policy and current progress Read more >
11.45 Dr. Maria Strack University of Waterloo, Canada Peatland restoration in Canada: returning carbon sink function
12.05 Ir. Jan van den Akker Wageningen University & Research, The Netherlands Perspective of agricultural use of peatlands
Read more >
12.25     Lunch
13.45 Rik Janssen Regional Minister Province of Zuid-Holland Subsidence of peat soils in the Netherlands; from recognising the problem to agreeing on solutions
Read more >
14.10 Dr. Reinier de Man Consultant for sustainable supply chains, The Netherlands Introduction to the subject
14.20 Ir. Chris Blok Wageningen University & Research, The Netherlands

Peat demand
reflections on the world’s need for growing media for food and quality of life in the period 2020-2050

14.40 Dipl. Ing. Bernd Hofer Hofer & Pautz GbR, Germany Available world wide peat resources to cover the demand

Coffee Break

15.30 Facilitation: Dr. Reinier de Man   Panel discussion and closing of the day
16.00     Plenary discussion
16.30 Dr. Reinier de Man   Chairman's summary
16.45     END OF SESSION
18.00 Departure busses parking area ss Rotterdam
18.30 Reception in City Hall Rotterdam,  Coolsingel 40 in Rotterdam 
20.00 Gala dinner in Brasserie Zalmhuis, Schaardijk 396 in Rotterdam  
19.00 Gala evening with afterparty 

Wednesday 12 September 

The busses will leave from the parking area ss Rotterdam. Please be there at least 15 minutes before departure of your fieldtrip.

In four field trips we offer further knowledge of peat in South-Holland, with main topics are related to CO2 emissions, soil subsidence, paludiculture, submerged drains, landscape history and high tech horticulture.

Provisional programma, to be updated in de coming period. 

08.00 Start fieldtrip 2
09.00 Start fieldtrip 1,3 and 4
17.00 IPS National Committee Round Table in the Sun Room
18.30 Closing

Fieldtrip 1. Back to the past: the Dutch and their history with peat

Starts at 9.00 AM  

Nowadays peat is scarce in the provinces of Zuid- en Noord-Holland but around the year 800 both provinces were almost completely covered with a massive layer of peat. Between 800 and 1900 the peat disappeared due to human interference. The history of the west part of the Netherlands is the history of the Dutch and their relationship with peat. The influence of (the disappeard) peat is still recognizable in the landscape of today. In this excursion we show how the Dutch shaped their land, first by peat reclamation and when the soil became too wet for agriculture, how they dredged the peat for fuel. Read more > 

Fieldtrip 2. Peat village Boskoop: peat and tree culture 

Starts at 8.00 AM  

Boskoop is since the nineteenth century known for its excellent tree nurseries. The village of Boskoop, originally known as Buckescop, dates back to circa 1210. It was first mentioned in 1222, when Count Willem I donated land and possessions to the abbey of Rijnsburg. The abbess of Rijnsburg decided to use the land to expand the orchards of the abbey. She considered correctly the peatland surrounding the village ideal for trees and plants. In the nineteenth century the demand of Boskoops´ trees increased, and the international export started growing. Read more > 

Fieldtrip 3. Rural peat & cruising down the peat river Rotte 

Starts at 9.00 AM  

The peat river the Rotte starts at Moerkapelle (near the mill ´De Oorsprong´) and flows via the Rottemeren, past Bleiswijk and Bergschenhoek (residential core De Rotte) to the City Triangle of Rotterdam where the Rotte turns into the Stokviswater. In 1270, a 400-meter-long dam was laid in the Rotte to keep the Meuse water out. The Rottewater could flow freely through locks in the dam. The dam, which was built almost immediately after, forms the origin of Rotterdam.  This excursion follows the Rotte downstreams by boat. Read more >

Fieldtrip 4. Research Centre Zegveld and city of Gouda: future for the Green Heart

Starts at 9.00 AM  

The western peat meadow area is called the Green Heart because it is a green area in the middle between all major Dutch cities. It is considered as a very valuable cultural and historic area. One of the main issues of the peat meadows is subsidence and GHG emissions. The subsidence in the western peat meadow area is 5 to 10 mm per year and is mainly caused by peat oxidation. The resulting CO2 emissions are 10 - 25 t/ha/year. In the worst case scenario subsidence rates and CO2 emissions might be doubled! In the Peat meadow Innovation Centre Zegveld new innovative methods are developed and tested to minimize peat oxidation to conserve the peat meadow area. Read more >


Thursday 13 September

Scientific sessions

For a total overview of speakers and tittles, click here

For the Book of Abstracts, click here.

For an overview of the poster presentation, click here.

08.00 Poster presentation and gathering in La Fontaine

Starts parallel sessions and sub-sessions 

All sessions have a coffee break from 10.30 -11.00

Session Peatlands and Environment: Chair: Bernd Hofer 
1st vice-chair: Maria Strack, 2nd vice-chair: Budi Indra Setiawan. 
Sub-sessions per Expert Group: 
•    Peatlands and Climate Change (David Wilson) 
•    Peatlands and Biodiversity, Ecology, Hydrology and Geology (Lydia Cole)
•    Peatland Restoration (Roxane Andersen), 
•    Environment and Outreach (Lahiru Wijedasa) 

Session Peatlands and Economy: Chair: Ingrida Krigere, 
1st vice-chair: Maurice Doyon, 2nd vice-chair: Meng Xianmin, 
Sub-sessions per Expert Group: 
•    Peatlands for agriculture (Adam Bogacz), 
•    Peatlands for forestry (Sakari Sarkkola), 
•    Peat harvesting techniques and technology (Paul Riordan),
•    Peat for growing media and energy (Hannu Salo)

Session Peatlands and Society: Chair: Marie Kofod-Hansen, 
1st vice-chair: Kirsin Laurén, 2nd vice-chair: Rachel Carmenta. 
Sub-sessions per Expert Group: 
•    Peatlands Education, Communication and Publicity (Catherine O'Connell), 
•    Peatland Conventions and International Affairs (Jack Rieley), 
•    Peatlands and Culture (Anne-Jelle Schilstra), 
•    Peatlands and people, health and local livelihoods (Dian Novarina)

12.40 Closing ceremony   
12.50 Lunch and poster presentation
14.00 Annual Assembly of the IPS with representatives of National Committees
16.30 Closing  Annual Assembly of the IPS

For the Global Summit programme for CEO’s and senior managers of peatland and peat related companies on Monday 10 September, click here.

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