IPC 2020 will be jointly organised by the Estonian Peat Association and the Estonian Peat Roundtable. The Estonian Peat Association has been actively partaking in various international projects and IPS activities, including the development of Responsibly Produced Peat principles, criteria and indicators. In addition, the Estonian Peat Association, together with Estonian peat family, has a vast experience in organising different symposia and conferences. Among the most recognized is the Baltic Peat Producers Forum (BPPF), held in Estonia every three years. Over the years BPPF has become the most important annual peat event in the region. The 2012 BPPF, held in Tallinn, counted 240 participants. In 2002 the IPS peat symposium was held in Pärnu, Estonia, and is still regarded as having been a great success.
The Estonian Peat Roundtable was established in 2006 by the Ministry of the Environment. The roundtable unites representatives from governmental institutions, scientists, environmentalists, industry representatives and other interest groups. Its purpose is to openly discuss the current status of Estonian peatlands, to provide advice to the Ministry of the Environment in policymaking, to provide guidance with state expenditures for research and development projects, and to increase overall awareness of peatlands. The roundtable also has a crucial role in the implementation of the principles of “Wise Use of Mires and Peatlands” and “Strategy for Responsible Peatland Management” in Estonian legislation. Several research project proposed by the roundtable have already been completed, while some are currently in progress and results are expected in coming years.
The Estonian scientific community is also very active. Nowadays there are several high level research groups in several universities studying various aspects of peatlands, their use and restoration. These include studies on mire paleoecology, their development, greenhouse gas budgets, vegetation, the impact of peat extraction on the environment, and the restoration of extracted peatlands, among others. The Estonian Geological Centre is engaged in applied research studies on peatlands, from the estimation of peat resources and plans for peat exploitation, to the inventory and recommendations for the restoration of extracted peatlands. In the recent decade, Estonian scientists have organized several international meetings on peatland studies and, in addition to releasing numerous scientific papers, have published books on the inventory of mire habitats, manuals for the use and restoration of extracted peatlands, a key book of Sphagnum mosses, a history of peat exploitation, and other publications.