Building collaborations for effective peatland management in Canada is being organized by the Can-Peat project (University of Waterloo) and the Peatland Ecology Research Group (Université Laval) in collaboration with the Global Peatland Initiative (for more information, see here: https://www.globalpeatlands.org/). The workshop is held in conjunction with the RE3 2023 Quebec conference (11-15 June, 2023) and is scheduled to allow participants to attend the opening ceremonies. Discussions we begin in the workshop will continue with symposia and workshops scheduled throughout the week during the RE3 conference.
The aim of this workshop is to mobilize multi-disciplinary research and collaboration to compile and consolidate Canadian knowledge, data, and experience on peatlands in Canada. Included throughout all aspects of the workshop is the goal to braid Western and Indigenous Science together. While following this process of co-creation of knowledge, the three broad objectives of this workshop are to:
- Strengthen the network of individuals interacting with peatlands in Canada to advance knowledge of Canadian peatlands
- Explore the policy context of peatlands from local to international levels and identify opportunities for improved peatland management
- Identify key metrics of peatland function and a pathway towards a national peatland monitoring network