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German Peat Society

Dr. Gerfried Caspers
Deutsche Gesellschaft für Moor- und Torfkunde e.V.
Landesamt für Bergbau, Energie und Geologie
Stilleweg 2
D-30655 Hannover
Phone: +49 511 643 3612
Fax: +49 511 643 3667  
E-mail: gerfried.caspers (at) lbeg.niedersachsen.de

Web: www.dgmtev.org

Jörn Kasch
Deutsche Gesellschaft für Moor- und Torfkunde e.V.
Landesamt für Bergbau, Energie und Geologie
Stilleweg 2
D-30655 Hannover
E-mail: joern.kasch (at) lbeg.niedersachsen.de

Annual Report 2009

All activities of the German Peat Society (DGMT - Deutsche Gesellschaft für Moor- und Torfkunde e. V.) can be found at www.dgmtev.de. The website is also available in an English version.

Meetings and seminars organized by DGMT

The „DGMT-Seminar and excursion on peatlands and peat” was held in Zeven, Lower Saxony on 17 - 18 April and 18 - 19 September 2009. This yearly offered seminar has the character of a training course where laypersons and students get introduced to peat and peatland science.

The “4th Annual Meeting of the European Chapter of the Society of Wetland Scientists (SWS)” was held in Erkner near Berlin on “Progress and problems in wetland science – with a particular focus upon wetland restoration in Europe” on 20 - 24 May 2009. The meeting, visited by 75 researchers from 21 countries, was organized by the Leibniz-Institute of Freshwater Ecology and Inland Fisheries (IGB) in cooperation with the Environmental and Geological Survey (LUNG) of Mecklenburg-Pommerania and the German Peat Society. Within several sessions the meeting’s main focus dealt with rewetting of degraded fens and their hurdles concerning nutrient and greenhouse gas release. A guided field trip to the EU-life project area “Lake Galenbecker See” and “Anklamer Stadtbruch” in north-eastern Germany was organized.

The 3rd Symposium “Peat and Humic Substance Preparations in Medicine, Veterinary Medicine and Body Care” took place in Bad Langensalza, Thuringia on 26 - 28 May 2009. Within a national scope, the symposium gave room to 30 participants coming from research and practice to present findings and to inform about current tendencies in the field of peat and humic substance preparations. The topics were diversified, from process engineering of peat conditioning, bio-compatibility assessment of isolated humic substance fractions and the development of a peat mash bandage in the 19th century, up to the vision of a photo-protective lipstick based on peat. Manufacturers of peat and humic substance preparations presented their products, but a further important task was to intensify networks between industry and science in the field of peat and humic substances and to find suggestions for co-operation. Two peatlands being in revitalization have been the object of a guided excursion to the biosphere reserve Vessertal in the Thuringian Forest.

On 25 - 28 June 2009, a “Workshop on Mire Conservation in Germany and Poland” was held in Kostrzyn, Poland. The workshop was organized by the German Peat Society Section V on Nature Conservation and Spatial Planning in cooperation with Warsaw Agricultural University.

Aim of this workshop was to bring together peatland experts from Germany and Poland for discussing strategies for peatland conservation and restoration as well as developing better cooperation between partners in both countries. A guided one day excursion to the Wartha national park was included. More information can be found at www.pnujsciewarty.gov.pl.

The Annual Assembly of the German Peat Society (DGMT) was organised in Karlsruhe, Baden-Wuerttemberg on 23 - 26 September 2009. 80 members took part and listened to 25 oral and poster presentations running different topics like nature conservation, restoration projects, greenhouse gas emissions from peatlands and physicochemical aspects, pollen analytics and landscape history, reconstruction of a peatland landscape from the iron age, climate change and climate protection, the use of peat in culture substrates, investigations on plants chlorosis in peat substrates, decision support systems and advisory tools for the use and protection of peatlands. For all presentations, please go to www.dgmtev.de. The two excursions (one half-day) were highlighted by interesting stops at the Rhine lowland and the Hornisgrinde in the northern Black Forest where different types of peatlands were presented. The report on the Annual Assembly can be read in TELMA 39, 2009.


Within the National Committee a new section on applied geography and environmental education has been established.


Flyer “Was haben Moore mit dem Klima zu tun?” (Peatlands and climate – any interactions?) http://www.dgmtev.de/downloads/DGMT_Flyer_2009_Web.pdf

Telma 39 – Articles and reports of the German Peat Society