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17 DECEMBER 2008 Peatland Restoration in the British Isles and South East Asia

The UK and Irish National Committees of the IPS are sponsoring a meeting in Belfast, Northern Ireland between 24th and 26th April 2009. The aim is to bring together individuals and members of organisations with an interest in peatlands and peat to focus on current and emerging issues of peatland restoration. For further details see http://www.geog.le.ac.uk/carbopeat/media/pdf/belfastoutlineprog.pdf.


10 DECEMBER 2008 IPS Commission on Tropical Peatlands Approved

The Executive Board of the International Peat Society (IPS) has given its final approval for the newly founded Commission IX on “Tropical peatlands”. The Commission was initiated in summer 2008 and will be chaired by CARBOPEAT partner Prof. Jack Rieley. Its main topics are carbon-climate-human interactions in tropical peatlands: natural resource functions, impacts, carbon pools, fire, restoration and Wise Use. More information on future activities will be available soon at www.peatsociety.org/index.php?id=237.


5 DECEMBER NEW INFORMATION LEAFLETS AVAILABLE

Two new CARBOPEAT leaflets are available focusing on the issues of Working Groups 1 and 2. The topics are Tropical Peatlands & Carbon Storage and Tropical Peatlands & Carbon Gas Fluxes.

See http://www.geog.le.ac.uk/carbopeat/infleaflets.html.


3 DECEMBER UN Climate Change Conference, poznan

The United Nations Climate Change Conference is now underway in Poznan, Poland. Watch here - http://copportal1.man.poznan.pl/Default.aspx.


26 NOVEMBER 2008 PEAT SESSION AT EGU 2009

There will be a special session on "Peatlands and the carbon cycle" (Session BG1.2) at the European Geosciences Union General Assembly 19-24 April 2009 in Vienna, Austria.

http://meetings.copernicus.org/egu2009/


6 NOVEMBER 2008 LATEST NEWSLETTER AVAILABLE

The latest version of the Carbopeat newsletter is now available. The newsletter includes a brief review of the Kuching Workshop and Symposium, information on the Sabangua ecosystem restoration project and a focus on Can Tho University.

CARBOPEAT News Issue 6 November 2008 (Filesize: 335 kbytes)


28 OCTOBER 2008 Carbon in Peatlands II

The 2nd International Symposium on Peatlands in the Global Carbon Cycle will be held 25-30 September 2009 in Prague, Czech Republic. See http://www.peatnet.siu.edu/CC09MainPage.html for further details.


7 OCTOBER 2008 international symposium on policy and practice in peatland management

The International Symposium on Policy and Practice in Peatland Management listed below has now been postponed until 17-19 November 2008.


6 OCTOBER 2008 international symposium on policy and practice in peatland management

From 20-23 October 2008 an International Symposium on Policy and Practice in Peatland Management will be held at Palangka Raya University. See http://ckpp.wetlands.org/NewsEvents/Calendar/tabid/889/language/en-US/Default.aspx for further details.


23 SEPTEMBER 2008 new report available

A new report is available from a UK based think tank. The report finds that projects designed to halt deforestation and peatland destruction represent a far more cost effective means of cutting carbon emissions compared to biofuel subsidies.

http://www.nationalschool.gov.uk/policyhub/news_item/carbon_forests_peatland08.asp


10 SEPTEMBER 2008 CARBOPEAT Newsletter

Work is now ongoing on the the next edition of the CARBOPEAT Newsletter. Please submit any articles, announcements or news items for inclusion by 13th October to news@carbopeat.org For further details follow this link http://www.geog.le.ac.uk/carbopeat/newsletter.html.


10 September 2008 METRO TV TO SHOW CARBOPEAT SPONSORED FILMS

If the clips of "Keep the peat wet" have interested you then you will be pleased to hear that all four films by Adrian Seymour for the AirCO/CARBOPEAT/RESTORPEAT partnerships are to be aired on Metro TV in Indonesia this month starting Saturday 13th at 12.30. You could also watch it via live streaming at http://www.imediabiz.tv/.

"Three of the documentaries “Karet Busa Raksasa Indonesia - The Giant Sponge of Indonesia”, "Menjaga Pagar Nusantara - The Guardian of the Archipelago” and “Agar Gambut Tetap Basah - Keep my Peat Wet” cover critical environmental issues in Indonesia including the link between deforestation and flooding, the continuing destruction of mangroves and the incredible smoke and CO2 emissions from peat fires. The fourth documentary, “Penjaga Terakhir Sang Mahakam - The Last Guardian of the Mahakam” follows an expedition in search of a previously unknown and isolated group of river dolphins living hundreds of kilometres upstream of the Mahakam River in East Kalimantan. The films are around 20 minutes each."


10 SEPTEMBER 2008 FULL LENGTH VERSION OF KEEP THE PEAT WET

A full length version of the Agar Gambut Tetap Basah (Keep the peat wet) film is now available.

http://www.geog.le.ac.uk/carbopeat/wetpeat.html


8 SEPTEMBER 2008 LATEST EDITION OF PEAT NEWS INCLUDES REPORT ON CARBOPEAT MEETINGS

The latest edition of the International Peat Society's newsletter, Peat News, includes a brief review of the recent International Symposium and Workshop on Tropical Peatland in Kuching.

http://www.peatsociety.fi/user_files/files/peat%20news/PeatNews1-2008.pdf (Filesize: 138 kbytes)


8 September 2008 FURTHER FILM CLIP AVAILABLE

A short introduction to "Keep the peat wet" (one of four short films by Adrian Seymour for the AirCO/CARBOPEAT/RESTORPEAT partnerships is now available on YouTube. Click play below to view the clip. (Filesize: 1.8 Mbytes).


4 September 2008 FILM CLIP TRIAL AVAILABLE

A short sample of "Keep the peat wet" (one of four short films by Adrian Seymour for the AirCO/CARBOPEAT/RESTORPEAT partnerships is now available on YouTube. Click play below to view the clip.


28 August 2008 OUTPUTS FROM CARBOPEAT SPONSORED EVENT

The successful Carbopeat sponsored International Symposium and Workshop on Tropical Peatland in Kuching has now finished. Apart from a range of presentations, lively discussions and an interesting technical tour the meetings also resulted in the creation of pro tem committees for a Malaysian Peat Society and the International Peat Society's Commission 9 (Tropical Peatlands).

More details will appear here shortly.


19 August 2008 CARBOPEAT SPONSORED EVENT UNDERWAY

Today was the start of the latest CARBOPEAT sponsored event in Kuching, Sarawak, Malaysia (http://www.frst.unimas.my/iswtp_kch08/). The meeting, involving over 150 peatland scientists, industry representatives and other stakeholders from at least 15 countries, was opened by Y.B. Dato Sri Hj. Awang Tengah Ali Hasan (The Honourable Second Minister of Planning and Resource Management and Minister of Public Utilities, Sarawak.

Find out more about CARBOPEAT in the CARBOPEAT flyer.


11 August 2008 latest version of carbopeat news available

The latest version of the CARBOPEAT newsletter is now available (Filesize: 209 kbytes) from the Publications link. This edition is published to coincide with the International Symposium and Workshop on Tropical Peatland in Kuching.

11 August 2008 Presentations at kuching

A number of CARBOPEAT partners will be presenting at the International Symposium and Workshop on Tropical Peatland in Kuching next week, read summaries of just a few of these presentations here.

http://www.geog.le.ac.uk/carbopeat/ kuchingpres.html


18 July 2008 2nd announcement now available

The second announcement for the International Symposium and Workshop on Tropical Peatland in Kuching is now available from http://www.frst.unimas.my/iswtp_kch08/ or directly from http://www.frst.unimas.my/iswtp_kch08/SecondAnnouncementBrochure.pdf (Filesize: 1.6 Mbytes).

3 July 2008 future edition of carbopeat news

Work is currently under way producing future editions of CARBOPEAT News. If you have a story or an event you would like to submit then the deadline for the next edition is Monday 21st July (to be circulated during the forthcoming International Symposium and Workshop on Tropical Peatland).

Email: news@carbopeat.org


27 JuNE 2008 presentations from ipc now available

Copies of presentations on tropical peatlands from the 13th International Peat Congress held in Tullamore, Ireland in June 2008 are now being posted to the CARBOPEAT website - http://www.geog.le.ac.uk/carbopeat/lzone/tullamore.html.


25 JuNE 2008 RESTORPEAT FEATURES IN EU-ASEAN SCIENTIFIC ACHIEVEMENTS

A recently published report from the European Commission highlights cooperation between the EU (European Union) and ASEAN (Association of Southeast Asian Nations) and features an article on RESTORPEAT (a forerunner to CARBOPEAT).

The report may be downloaded from http://ec.europa.eu/research/iscp/index.cfm?pg=allpublications or directly from http://ec.europa.eu/research/iscp/pdf/978-92-79-09295-4_en.pdf (Filesize: 913 kbytes).


25 JuNE 2008 IPS announce commission on tropical peatlands

At the recent International Peat Congress it was announced that the International Peat Society will be launching a Commission on tropical peatland. Check back here for more information when available.


3 JuNE 2008 Latest version of CARBOPEAT News available

The latest version of the CARBOPEAT newsletter is now available (Filesize: 212 kbytes) from the Publications link. This edition is published to coincide with the 13th International Peat Congress in Tullamore, Ireland.


23 MAY 2008 new greenpeace report available

In the latest of a series of reports concerning oil palm, Greenpeace have called for a moratorium on deforestation and peatland clearance. The call is supported by Unilever who are the basis of the case study.

The Hidden Carbon Liability of Indonesian Palm Oil is available from the Greenpeace website - http://www.greenpeace.org/international/press/reports/hidden-carbon-liability-of-palm-oil.

Unilever's position is available in a press release - http://www.unilever.com/ourcompany/newsandmedia/pressreleases/2008/Unilevercommitstocertifiedsustainablepalmoil.asp.


29 APRIL 2008 REGISTER NOW for reduced fee

The deadline for early registration for the International Symposium and Workshop on Tropical Peatland in Kuching (http://www.frst.unimas.my/iswtp_kch08/) is tomorrow (30 April). This is the same date as the deadline for abstracts, so register and submit your abstract now.


23 APRIL 2008 Programme for IPC special session on tropical peatland available

The programme for the special session on tropical peatland to be held at the International Peat Congress in Tullamore, Ireland is now available here.

See http://www.ipcireland2008.com for further details on the International Peat Congress


16 APRIL 2008 EARLY REGISTRATION DEADLINE EXTENDED

The deadline for early registration for the International Symposium and Workshop on Tropical Peatland in Kuching (http://www.frst.unimas.my/iswtp_kch08/) has been extended to 30 April (the same date as the deadline for abstracts). The theme of the meetings is "Peatland Development - Wise Use and Impact Management" and will be held 19-22 August 2008.


13 march 2008 EARLY REGISTRATION DEADLINE APPROACHES

The deadline for early registration for the International Symposium and Workshop on Tropical Peatland in Kuching (http://www.frst.unimas.my/iswtp_kch08/) is 31 March. The theme of the meetings is "Peatland Development - Wise Use and Impact Management" and will be held 19-22 August 2008.


12 march 2008 have you tried the glossary?

Did you know that the CARBOPEAT website contains a glossary of many terms concerned with tropical peatlands? Try it out here - http://www.geog.le.ac.uk/carbopeat/glossary/a.html. Unfortunately, the glossary is currently only available in English.


27 february 2008 WWF publish new report on SUmatran deforestation

WWF (Indonesia), in association with Remote Sensing Solution GmbH (Germany) and Hokkaido University (Japan), has issued a new report on the impact of plantation on CO2 emissions and the populations of rare elephants and tigers.

More details available here http://www.rssgmbh.de/rss_de/d_projekte_forschung_wwf.html or read the full report - http://assets.panda.org/downloads/riau_co2_report__wwf_id_27feb08_en_lr_.pdf (Filesize:7.3Mbytes). Alternatively read the press press release - http://www.geog.le.ac.uk/carbopeat/media/pdf/wwfpressrelease.pdf.


18 february 2008 JOINT Declaration from finland and indonesia

Representatives of the governments of Finland and Indonesia have signed a joint declaration on "Climate Change and Sustainable Forest Management" including the acknowledgement to strengthen environmental co-operation on a range of topics including Sustainable Peatland Management.

See the full declaration - http://www.geog.le.ac.uk/carbopeat/media/pdf/finlandindonesiafeb2008.pdf.


18 february 2008 biofuels still in the headlines

As reported in issue 3 of CARBOPEAT News, peatlands have featured in headlines recently and this continues here - http://www.ipsnews.net/news.asp?idnews=41119.


15 february 2008 global carbon project enews available

The Global Carbon Project (www.globalcarbonproject.org) has a list of upcoming meetings available in its February eNews (http://www.globalcarbonproject.org/news/enews_feb_2008.htm).


12 february 2008 ips Peatlands International special topic on tropical peatlands

The latest version of Peatlands International (member magazine of the International Peat Society) is a special tropical peat edition. There are articles on various subjects including oil palm and fires. See http://www.peatsociety.org/index.php?id=230 for further details and to download the magazine.


28 January 2008 Latest version of CARBOPEAT News available

The latest version of the CARBOPEAT newsletter is now available (Filesize: 352 kbytes) from the Publications link.


15 JANUARY 2008 Sustainable biofuels: prospects and challenges

The Royal Society (national academy of science of the UK and the Commonwealth) has published a report on the sustainable use of biofuels. In the report, the working group of experts identify the importance of tropical peatlands.

See the Royal Society website for further details and a copy of the report - http://royalsociety.org/news.asp?id=7367.


11 JANUARY 2008 International Peat Congress Special Sessions on Tropical Peat June 2008, Tullamore, Ireland

Details of the special CARBOPEAT sponsored session on tropical peatland are available here (Filesize: 13 kbytes) .

For more general details go to the meeting website - http://www.ipcireland2008.com/


7 JANUARY 2008 international Symposium and Workshop on Tropical Peatland website available

The website for the International Symposium and Workshop on Tropical Peatland to be held in Kuching in August 2008 is now available - http://www.frst.unimas.my/iswtp_kch08.


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