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Polish National Committee

Chair
Dr. Ing. Andrzej Lachacz    
Mazursko-Warminski University of Olsztyn
Department of Soil Science and Soil Protection
ul. Pl. Lodzki 3 bl. 40
PL-10 950 Olsztyn
POLAND
Phone: +48 89 523 3879
Fax: +48 89 523 4821
E-mail: andrzej.lachacz (at) uwm.edu.pl
Web: www.uwm.edu.pl/gleba/

Secretary
Dr. Pawel Sowinski
University of Warmia and Mazury in Olsztyn
Dept. of Soil Science and Soil Protection 
Pl. Lodzki 3 
PL-10 957 Olsztyn
POLAND
Phone: +48 89 523 4848
Fax: +48 89 523 4821
Mobile: +48 505 49 2141
E-mail: pawels (at) uwm.edu.pl
Web: www.uwm.edu.pl/gleba


Annual Report 2010

Members of the Polish National Committee of IPS met twice this year. An annual assembly was held on 10 February. During this meeting the chairpersons of commissions presented reports on activities during the previous year. After discussion the action plan for 2010 was accepted. The second meeting was held on 27 October. It was decided to organize a peat symposium in 2011. Another theme discussed was to prepare a book describing activities of the Polish National Committee and its commissions. The idea is to cover the whole history of our organization and the main point is to describe various activities performed during the last decade.

As the Polish National Committee assembles mainly scientists from 24 universities and research institutes, the activities are focused on research. The members are active in many fields related to peat properties and peatlands utilization and protection. During the last year many important research projects were carried out by the Polish IPS members. The results obtained were published in many international and local journals.

The members of Executive Board of the Polish National Committee participated in many meetings and scientific events where various aspects of peat and peatlands were raised. For example, Polish IPS members were active at General Assembly of European Geosciences Union in Vienna (Austria) 2-7 May, where professor Lech Szajdak was a co-organizer of one session – SSS17 – „Dehydrated and rewetted peatlands: hydrological, physical and chemical changes”. Also five persons took place in 7th Scientific School on Bogs and Biosphere in Tomsk (Russia) during 13-19 September and afterwards participated in field trip in Gornyi Altai. The Polish participants are very grateful to professor Lidia I. Inisheva and the organizing committee from Tomsk State Pedagogical University, doctor M. V. Shurova from Gorno-Altai Research Institute of Agriculture and the staff members of Gorno-Altaisk State University for this splendid and well prepared scientific event.

Also at University of Warmia and Mazury in Olsztyn lectures open to general public were delivered. Professor W. Mioduszewski spoken on “Extreme natural events – droughts and floods”. Hydrological role of peatlands is frequently underestimated, therefore the consequences of floods may be of catastrophic dimension. Professor K. Lipka covered two themes ”Functions of wetlands” and “Peatlands in the Orawsko-Nowotarska Basin”. Raised peat bogs located in this sub-Carpathian region are at risk due to human activities.

Annual Report 2009

Members of the Polish National Committee of IPS met twice this year. An Annual Assembly was held on 11 February 2009. During this meeting, the Commission chairpersons presented reports on activities during the previous year. After short discussion, the action plan for 2009 was accepted.

The second meeting was held on 7 December. One of the reasons for this extraordinary meeting was to discuss the present situation of our Committee after the unexpected death of Prof. Tomasz Brandyk, the Vice Chairman of the Polish National Committee. After heated discussion, some changes were approved. Professor Lech Szajdak was elected Vice Chairman of the Polish National Committee, Professor Adam Bogacz as Chairman of Commission III – utilization of peat and peatlands in agriculture and Doctor Barbara Kalisz as a member of the Executive Board responsible for organisational affairs. Additionally, it was decided that during the next Annual Assembly, to be held in February 2010, Vice Chairmen of each Cmmissions will be elected. We hope that all the changes introduced would activate our work. A workshop on properties of peat and taxonomy of organic soils is also planned for 2010.

As the Polish National Committee assembles mainly scientists from 24 universities and research institutes, the activities are focused on research. The members are active in many fields related to peat properties and the utilisation and protection of peatlands. During the last year, many important research projects were carried out by the Polish IPS members. The members of the Executive Board of the Polish National Committee participated in many meetings and scientific events where various aspects of peat and peatlands were raised.

In 2009, differing lectures open to the general public were delivered at the University of Warmia and Mazury in Olsztyn. The following lectures were focused on peat and peatlands: Prof. Lech Szajdak: Western Siberia – Tomsk, nature, culture, people; The importance of midfield afforested places in reduction of pollutants in the agricultural landscape; Prof. Kazimierz Tobolski: Cultural aspects of peats and peatlands; Protection of peatlands in Europe in the light of the Natura 2000 programme; Prof. Waldemar Mioduszewski: Water for agriculture and nature protection; and Dr. Ryszard Oleszczuk: Emission of greenhouse gases from cultivated peat soils used for agriculture. This activity will continue in 2010.


Annual Report 2008

The Polish National Committee of IPS held its annual meeting on 11 February 2008. During this meeting the Chairpersons of the Commissions presented their reports on activities during the previous year. After discussion, the action plan for 2008 was accepted. Furthermore the membership issues were analysed, e.g. how to attract young scientists to join the Polish National Committee of IPS. During this meeting some problems related to peatland utilization for agriculture and peatland protection within the pan-European ecological network Natura 2000 were also discussed.

The members of the Executive Board of the Polish NC participated in many meetings and scientific events where various aspects of peat and peatlands were raised. The Polish scientists are represented in IPS by 25 universities and research institutes. The members are active in many fields related to peat properties and peatlands utilization and protection. The majority of them are focused on activities within two Commissions, namely on the utilization of peat and peatlands in agriculture, and the chemical, physical and biological characteristics of peat.

During the last year many important research projects have been carried out by Polish IPS members. Lately the project entitled “Geographical information system on the Polish wetlands” was completed at the Institute for Land Reclamation and Grassland Farming in Falenty. The data base comprises information on the distribution and general characteristics of wetlands, including peatlands.

In 2008, a series of lectures open to students, university teachers as well as to the general public began at the University of Warmia and Mazury in Olsztyn. The scope of the presentations is the environment but a great number of presentations actually concern peatlands. This activity will continue in 2009.


 

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