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IPS Autumn Meetings 2009

Brussels, 27 - 29 October 2009
Strategy for Responsible Peatland Management Seminar
Commission II Meeting
Scientific Advisory Board Meeting
Executive Board Meeting

Our warm thanks to all members who attended the Brussels meetings!

Dear Madams and Sirs, dear colleagues,

During the previous eight months,
the International Peat Society has, together with a large number of its partners and related organizations, formulated a Strategy for Responsible Peatland Management. The document was handled in two workshops and by broad e-mail consultation and distributed for final approval on 1 July 2009. It is now planned to sign the Strategy during a special Seminar at the Renaissance Hotel Brussels on 28 October 2009.

At this stage, we are asking for your endorsement
and acceptance of the Strategy. Please read the final Strategy document (App 1, at the bottom of this page) and the signing document called Accord Agreement (App 2), fill in the Questionnaire (App 3) and registration form for Brussels (App 4) and provide us with your response by
30 September 2009.

We have received strong indications in support for the Strategy. To assist in the planning for the Brussels meeting we request your assistance in reviewing and completing the Questionnaire. All those who agree to sign the Strategy, either through the questionnaire or by participating in the Brussels ceremony, will receive a framed original of the Accord Agreement.

The Strategy outlines objectives and actions for responsible management of peatlands as important ecosystems and peat as a valuable resource. It provides thereby guidelines for everyday work, as scientist, conservationalist, policy maker, journalist, peat producer or end user. Below you can find more background information on the strategy process.

In addition to the Responsible Peatland Strategy Seminar, we will hold meetings of the IPS Executive Board and Scientific Advisory Board in Brussels.

Please see the links on the left for more information and to register.

We look forward to hearing from you.

Yours sincerely,

Jaakko Silpola
Secretary General

/ips brussels invitation letter 18.9.2009.pdf ips brussels invitation letter 94.62 KB
/app 1 ips brussels responsible peatland management strategy.doc app 1 responsible peatland management strategy 273.00 KB
/app 2 ips brussels accord agreement.pdf app 2 accord agreement 88.62 KB
/app 3 ips brussels questionnaire 18.9.2009.doc app 3 questionnaire 147.00 KB
/app 4 ips brussels program and registration 18.9.2009.doc app 4 program and registration 217.00 KB

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