|International Peat Society is an international, non-governmental and non-profit organization with approx. 1,400 members from 38 countries dedicated to fostering the advancement, exchange and communication of scientific, technical and social knowledge and understanding for the wise use of peatlands and peat.|
|Peatland Ecology Research Group (PERG) was formed through the partnership of the university scientific community, the Canadian peat moss industry and federal and provincial agencies. Their common objective is the integrated sustainable management of Canadian peatlands. Good list of publications by research project. Lots here.|
|IPCC information sheet. List of percent of land area of each country in the world that is covered with peat. Finland is 33.5% peat.|
|IMCG Global Peatland Database presents an overview of the extent and condition of peatlands and mires for all countries of the world. The IMCG Global Peatland Database is maintained by Hans Joosten, 2004. More detailed than IPCC above.|
|International Mire Conservation Group (IMCG) is an international network of specialists who promote, encourage and, where appropriate, co-ordinate the conservation of mires and related ecosystems; and enhance the exchange of information and experience relating to mires and factors affecting them. This site is out of date- last updated 2009. Do not allow the site to open pop-ups.|
|Peat Portal aims to provide in-depth knowledge about peatlands and the threats they face and up-to-date information about what's happening around the world related to peatland management. It is intended to be a platform for information dissemination and exchange among researchers, scientists as well as amongst environment related experts or stakeholders. Peat Portal is managed by Global Environment Centre (GEC), a Malaysian non-profit NGO.|
|Wise Use Of Mires And Peatlands: A Framework for Decision-making. This document highlights the nature and importance of peatlands and identifies problems resulting from their use. The International Peat Society (IPS) and International Mire Conservation Group (IMCG) provide suggestions on how these problems may be resolved through application of the "wise use" approach. The challenge is to develop mechanisms that can balance the conflicting demands on the global peatland heritage to ensure its continued wise use to meet the needs of humankind. It is understood in this Statement that the term "peatlands" is inclusive of "mires".|
|Peatlands currently represent some 5% - 8% of the world's land surface.
The acidic conditions and lack of oxygen found in peat bogs delays decomposition and preserves almost anything that falls into the bog, including people. The bog people found in Europe have been found to have hair, skin, and clothing preserved. Some of these bodies have been dated to be at least 10,000 years old.
Alex Renou Homme de Tollund
Tollund Man from Denmark 400 BCE