Germany

German Peat Society

Chair
Dr. Andreas Bauerochse
Deutsche Gesellschaft für Moor- und Torfkunde e.V.
Stilleweg 2
D-30655 Hannover
GERMANY
phone: +49 152 / 31 89 82 84
e-mail: bauerochse (at) dgmtev.de
web: www.dgmtev.de

Secretary
Jörn Kasch
Deutsche Gesellschaft für Moor- und Torfkunde e.V.
Stilleweg 2
D-30655 Hannover
GERMANY
e-mail: kasch (at) dgmtev.de

Industry
Arne B. Hückstädt 
Industrieverband Garten e.V. (IVG)    
Wiesenstraße 21 a1
D-40549 Düsseldorf
GERMANY
e-mail: hueckstaedt (at) ivg.org

Annual Report 2018

Many events were undertaken by the German Peat Society (DGMT), partially with other institutions:

  • Two expert workshops entitled “Definition and Classification of Peat Soils” took place in cooperation with the German Soil Science Society (DBG) in Berlin on January 9, 2018, and in Hannover on May 28.
  •  The 17th Seminar on Peatlands and Peat was held in Zeven, Lower Saxony, on April 27-28, 2018. This annual seminar adopted the character of a training course, in which laypeople, employees from the peat industry, and students were introduced to peat and peatland science.
  • Again, in 2018, the Alfred Toepfer Academy for Nature Conservation (NNA) in Lower Saxony, together with the DGMT, organized the annual expert seminar, “Conservation of Peatlands in Lower Saxony – An Exchange of Experiences” in Camp Reinsehlen on May 17-18, 2018.
  • A workshop on phosphorus leakage from peatland into water, organized by DGMT Section 5, Müritz, October 8-9, 2018.
  • The Fourth Sphagnum Moss Identification Course was organized at the MoorInformationsZentrum in Ahlenmoor, Lower Saxony, on November 8-11, 2018.

Please go to www.dgmtev.de/veranstaltungen to view upcoming symposiums, workshops and seminars in 2019 and 2020.

DGMT members were also involved in meetings and seminars at the municipality and federal level, such as the “Dialogue on Peatland Management”, as part of the Peatlands in Lower Saxony Program, hosted by the Lower Saxony Ministry of Environment, Energy, Construction and Climate Protection, the Lower Saxony Peat Replacement Forum, the Guidance and Coaching Mire Protection Working Party and Peat Under Water.

TELMA 48, our national yearly published journal with articles and reports relating to peat, mire and peatlands, was sent to all members in December 2018. More than 200 articles published in previous TELMA issues can now be found online at https://www.fidgeo.de/telmaonline-2/

In 2020, the German Peat Society will celebrate its 50th anniversary. Check our website at www.dgmtev.de and join us!

Annual Report 2017

Meetings and Seminars

An expert workshop entitled ‘Definition and Classification of Peat Soils’ took place in cooperation with the German Soil Science Society (DBG) in Hanover on 7 March 2017.

The 16th Seminar on Peatlands and Peat organized by Deutsche Gesellschaft für Moor- und Torfkunde e.V. (DGMT), i.e., the German Peat Society, was held in Zeven, Lower Saxony, on 12-13 May 2017. This annual seminar adopted the character of a training course, in which laypeople, employees from the peat industry and students were introduced to peat and peatland science.

Again in 2107, the Alfred Toepfer Academy for Nature Conservation (NNA) of Lower Saxony, together with the DGMT, organized the Annual Expert Seminar ‘Conservation of Peatlands in Lower Saxony – An Exchange of Experiences’ in Schneverdingen on 17-18 May 2017.

Operational aspects of nature conservation for tourism and environmental education in peatlands were explored at an interdisciplinary workshop in Kloster Drübeck (Nationalpark Harz) on 22-23 May 2017. Discussions during the workshop centred on how peatland conservation, tourism and environmental education can benefit from each other.

The Annual Assembly and excursions of the DGMT took place in the Hunsrück Mountains on 20-23 September 2017. Seventy-six members took part and listened to 17 oral and six poster presentations covering local peatlands, rewetting and revitalization of sloping mires, agriculturally used peatlands, peat moss cultivation, greenhouse gases, peat decomposition, pollen analytics, climate change and climate protection. The highlights of the two excursions were interesting stops in the Hunsrück Nationalpark and in the West-Eifel, where different types of peatlands are presented.

After 16 years as Chair of the DGMT, Dr Gerfried Caspers chose not to run for another term. His successor is Dr Andreas Bauerochse. A report about the Annual Assembly can be read in TELMA 47, 2017.

Experiences in the rewetting of bogs in the Eider-Treene-Sorge Lowland were exchanged in Friedrichstadt/Schleswig-Holstein on 12-14 October 2017. The Foundation for Nature Protection and the State Office for Agriculture, Environment and Rural Areas (LLUR) Schleswig-Holstein organized this meeting in cooperation with the DGMT.

A sphagnum moss identification course was organized by the DGMT at MoorInformationsZentrum in Ahlenmoor, Lower Saxony, on 9-12 November 2017.

Meetings and Seminars involving DGMT Members:

  • An expert talk entitled ‘Water Management and Mire Conservation’ was organized by the Greifswald Mire Centre and the DGMT in Schüberg/Hamburg on 6-7 June 2017.
  • German Grassland Day (Deutscher Grünlandtag) on
  • 22-23 September in Stemshorn/Dümmer.
  • Paludiculture: a national conference entitled ‘Klimaschutz und Moornutzung: Potentiale in Deutschland’ on 25 September.
  • Second International Conference on the Utilization of Wetland Plants RRR2017: Renewable Resources from Wet and Rewetted Peatlands on 26-28 September 2017 in Greifswald/Germany.
  • Third International Sphagnum Farming Workshop on 29-30 September in North-west Germany.
  • Workshop by the German Landscape Conservation Group (Deutscher Verband für Landschaftspflege e.V. (DVL)) entitled ‘Consultation and Coaching in Mire Conservation’ on 21 November in Berlin.
  • 5. Ausseer Naturraumgespräche: ‘Between Soil and Water – Ecosystem Mire’ on 24-25 October 2017 in Bad Mitterndorf/Austria.
  • 52nd German Peat and Humus Day on 23 November 2017 in Bad Zwischenahn.
  • International Conference on Climate Smart Agriculture on Organic Soils (CAOS) on 23-24 November 2017 in Uppsala/Sweden.

Publications

TELMA 47 - the DGMT’s yearly published journal with articles and reports relating to peat, mire and peatlands.

All activities and publications of the DGMT can be found at www.dgmtev.de. The website is also available in an English version.

 

Annual Report 2013

In 2013, the German Peat Society (DGMT - Deutsche Gesellschaft für Moor- und Torfkunde e. V.) organized many activities and some of them became regular events, such as the “DGMT Seminar and Excursion on Peatlands and Peat”, a training course in which laypersons and students are introduced to peat and peatland science.

Some other selected events include a workshop with excursions on “Current Peatland Conservation: Implementation in the Niederlausitzer Heidelandschaft & Faunistic Aspects”, organized by DGMT-Section I (geosciences) and Section V (nature conservation) in cooperation with the forest authority of Brandenburg and the Niederlausitzer Heidelandschaft Nature Reserve; a workshop on “Perspectives for a Sustainable Use of Peatlands in Lower Saxony” and a symposium on “Climate Relevance of Peatlands and Peaty Soils”, held in Freising/Bavaria.

In connection to this, the Annual Assembly of the German Peat Society summarized the latest research about greenhouse gas emissions from peatlands, rewetting, research on humic substances and environmental education. An annual assembly report can be read in TELMA 43, 2013. Seventy members participated and listened to 18 oral and seven poster presentations. PDF files of the presentations can be found at www.dgmtev.de/veranstalt_jt_2013.html.

A new flyer on the issue of “Why are peatlands meaningful archives?” has been published and can be downloaded at www.dgmtev.de/publikationen_flyer.html. Prof Dr Renate Klöcking and Herr Prof Dr Dr Hans-Peter Klöcking have received awards for their efforts within humic substance research. For his long-standing and enduring merits, Prof Dr Volker Schweikle has been granted the DGMT honorary membership.

The German Peat Society consists of 325 individual and 64 corporate members. Activities of the German Peat Society can be found at www.dgmtev.de.

Annual report 2011

Sabine Jordan & Gerfried Caspers

Activities of the German Peat Society (DGMT - Deutsche Gesellschaft für Moor- und Torfkunde e. V.) can be found at www.dgmtev.de.

Symposia and seminars organized by DGMT

17.-19.3.2011: „Peatlands and Water – facing a position“, held by DGMT-sections I and V in Plön/Schleswig-Holstein. http://www.dgmtev.de/downloads/ploen_2011/programm_ploen_2011.pdf

5.-7.4.2011: „Peatlands in climate change – Peatland conservation as a chance for climate, biodiversity and water resources“, held by DGMT-section III in cooperation with the Bavarian state office for environment in Augsburg/Bavaria.

6./7.5.2011 and 23./24.9.2011: „DGMT-Seminar and excursion on peatlands and peat”, held in Zeven/Lower Saxony.
This twice a year offered seminar has the character of a training course where laypersons and students get introduced to peat and peatland science.

22./23.6.2011: „Rewetting of raised bogs – why does it not work everywhere?”, held in Schneverdingen/Lower Saxony. A seminar report can be read in TELMA 41, 2011.

30.6./1.7.2011: „Facilities, operation and maintenance of field railways in tourist and museum institutions“, held by DGMT-section VII in Diepenau-Essern/Lower Saxony. A conference report can be read in TELMA 41, 2011.

25.8.2011: „Biodiversity and climate impact – peatlands potentials for nature, economy and society“; in cooperation with the BUND regional association Lower Saxony and the county Diepholz in Wagenfeld.

14.-17.9. 2011: Annual assembly of the German Peat Society (DGMT), held in Meppen/Lower Saxony. An annual assembly report can be read in TELMA 41, 2011. 87 members participated and listened to 17 oral and 7 poster presentations. PDF-files of the presentations can be found at www.dgmtev.de/veranstalt_jt_2011.html

28.-30.9.2011: Workshop on “Peat and Humic Substances”, held by IPS Commission IV and DGMT-section IV in Zittau/Saxony.
Organized by the Institute of Process Development, Peat and Natural Products (iTN) of the University of Applied Sciences Zittau/Görlitz in cooperation with the International Graduate School (IHI) Zittau, the workshop was highlighted by new findings in peat and humic substance analysis under the headline ”Current research in chemical, physical and biological characterization of peat”. A workshop report is published in “Peatlands international” 2/2011.

6./7.10.2011: „Peatland conservation in Mecklenburg-Vorpommern – an interim result“, held in Salem/Mecklenburg-Vorpommern in cooperation with the state office for environment, nature protection and geology Mecklenburg-Vorpommern.

Publications

The German Peat Society published volume 41 of Telma with 14 scientific articles, a yearly renewed documentation of publications around peat and mires and several reports about symposia.

Furthermore, a supplement volume of Telma (no. 4) was published. It contains the proceedings of the symposium “Peatland conservation in Mecklenburg-Vorpommern – an interim result” with 14 scientific papers and covers 248 pp.

The German Peat Society is presented on a new flyer that can be ordered or downloaded at www.dgmtev.de.

Support of students

The German Peat Society gave financial support with an amount of 200 € to 3 students for their  participation in the Sphagnum workshop in New Brunswick, Canada during june 2011. A financial support with the same amount is available for 7 students to participate in the International Peat Congress in Stockholm. Students have to present their investigations oral or by poster and have to write a report about the symposium.

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.

Organisation

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

Publications

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