It is our great pleasure and honour to welcome delegates and guests from around the globe to the 15th International Peat Congress (IPC) in Kuching, Sarawak, Malaysia, from August 15th to 19th, 2016.
This prestigious Quadrennial Convention will be hosted by the Malaysian Peat Society (MPS) in partnership with the International Peatland Society (IPS). It will be the first time in the Society’s long history of organising this Congress that it will convene at a location outside of Europe and North America and also in South East Asia.
The theme of the Congress is Peatlands in Harmony-Agriculture, Industry & Nature. Presentations will relate to an integrated global perspective for the responsible use of peatlands and the preservation of their unique dynamics and natural biodiversity.
The Congress will also provide for researchers, academics and practitioners an ideal platform to congregate, share information and discuss their scientific results and experiences with particular reference to peat and peatlands in the tropics
Sarawak, Malaysia’s largest state, famously known as the Hidden Paradise of Borneo and the Land of the Hornbills, is lavishly endowed with impressive natural landscapes, cultural diversity and friendly and welcoming people. Sarawak also offers up-to-the minute convention facilities and technology. As such, it is the perfect venue for delegates to confer, network, gain inspiration, soak up the local scenery (including some interesting peatlands) and relax. The Sarawak State Government, the Federal Government of Malaysia and the corporate sector nationwide are fully committed to supporting the Congress.
On our part, I can assure you that the Malaysian Peat Society has already determined that the 15th International Peat Congress will set a new standard for International Peat Congresses.
I believe that this Congress will provide you with a fruitful intellectual experience as well as a memorable visit to Sarawak.
We look forward to seeing you on our shores!
Dr. Lulie Melling