In 2017, the International Peatland Society put forward the three-part project "Growing media for food and quality of life". In the course of the project, the future demand for growing media in China and worldwide were investigated, including a prediction on how the future demand for peat and other growing media constituents might be covered up to 2050.
China is proceeding with the adjustment of its agricultural industry structure and the reform of supply. The progress of agricultural science and technology and the accelerated development of environmental rehabilitation have put forward a realistic demand for peat-based products and technologies. The import volume of peat and coir increases at a rate of 40-50% per year. There are 680 enterprises that import peat, coir and wood fibre, as registered by the Customs and Commodity Inspection Department of China.
In order to exchange and share the experience and achievements of peat and growing media in food production and improvement of quality of life, promote the global dissemination and progress of growing media production technologies, improve the import of peat, coir and wood fibre, products and technologies, and promote all-round cooperation in the global growing media supply chain, the International Peatland Society, Chinese Agricultural Society and the Qingdao Municipal People Government decided to host the 2019 International Peatland Society Symposium ‘Growing Media for Food and Quality of Life’ during and the ‘1st International Peat-Based Products and Technology Expo’ during September in Qingdao, an easy-to-access coastal city of China, to provide a platform for exchange and cooperation between enterprises and experts from all around the world.
This symposium is the first of its kind in China. Also the China International Peat-Based Products Technology Exposition is a premiere and a breakthrough. Quality growing media constituents, top technology, advanced products, complete sets of equipment, international know-how and professionals from all over the world will converge in Qingdao. Peat and growing media users, processing enterprises, industrial associations, technical experts and Chinese news media will warmly welcome you. Let embrace the oriental market, the huge business opportunities and the grand future of the growing media industry. Welcome to Qingdao, China!


Symposium theme: Growing media for food production and quality of life
Symposium format: Keynote speeches, session workshops, posters, product and technology exhibition, and field trips
Symposium Language: English and Chinese. Simultaneous interpretation with head-sets will be provided on site. All conference documents are written in English and Chinese.

Symposium content

1, Peat and economy

(1) Global peat supply and demand 2025-2050

(2) Regional peat reserves, quality and productivity

(3) Regional coir, wood fiber production and other alternative materials development

(4) Seedling industry development and growing media demand in China

(5) Current situation, trend and growing media demand for growing media for vegetable production in China

(6) Current situation of China peat segment market and future development

(7) Present situation and future development of the peat industry in China

(8) Development and application technology of peat and coir products.

(9) Standards, testing methods and quality certification of growing media and constituents of growing media

(10) Machinery for the production of growing media and planning and designing production lines

2, Peat and society

(1) Responsible peatland management models and national policies

(2) Public Awareness Education of Peat and Peatland

(3) Management of degraded and tropical peatlands

3, Peat and environment

(1) Economic, social and environmental assessment of peat utilization and conservation

(2) The effect of land use on carbon balance in peatland

(3) Responsible management of peatlands and greenhouse gas emission reduction

(4) The effect of rewetting and restoration of cut-over areas on carbon balance

(5) Economic, social and environmental benefits and challenges of Sphagnum farming

(6) Monitoring of rewetted/restored peatlands


10 January 2019, first anouncement, call for substract and sponsor, early bird registration

31 May 2019, Abstract submission and early bird registration closed

30 August 2019, Second anouncemnt, registration closed.

16 September 2019, Registration,poster setting, exhibition setting. 

17 September, 2019, Field trip, Welcome Ice Breaking. 

18 September 2019, Opening ceremony, keynote speech, Gala dinner. 

19 September 2019 Opening ceremony of Peat Expo, parallel session of symposium.

20 September 2019, End of symposium. The peat Expo continues. 

21 September 2019, Peat Expo continues.

22 September 2019, Closing of the Expo

Venue: westin Qingdao west coast hotel
Address: 7977 binhai avenue, huangdao district, Qingdao city
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