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Keynote speakers

Dr Tatiana Minayeva


Consultant for scientific ecosystem restoration, peat and wetlands conservation and climate change adaptation. Founder of the consultancy “Care for Ecosystems” and an Associated Expert of Wetlands International.

Tatiana got her Masters degree at the chair of Geobotany of the Biological Faculty of the Lomonosov Moscow University (1988) and carried out her PhD study under the supervision of Dr Marina Botch (H) in the Komarov Botanical Institue in St. Petersburg, Russia.

For a decade Tatiana worked as a researcher in the Central Forest Biosphere Nature Reserve in Russia with a focus on peatlands vegetation, biodiversity and paleoecology. In parallel, she was cooperating with local authorities on conservation and wise use of peatlands. Since 1999 conservation became her main focus while working with WWF Russia, Wetlands International Russia and The Ministry of Nature Resources and Environment of the Russian Federation with a focus on international cooperation.

From 2010 onwards, Tatiana worked at the Wetlands International Global Office in the Netherlands and later led the consultancy Care for Ecosystems based in Saxonia, Germany. She is cooperating with Wetlands International, UN Environment, the Ramsar Secretariat, BfN Germany, Duena-Greifswald (Germany), Ethnoexpert (Latvia) and research organisations in Russia – the Institute of Forest Science of RAS,  the Russian-Mongolian expedition of the Severtsov Institute RAS and the Yugra State University.

She was involved in peatlands studies and conservation globally through international conventions and in particular in Russia, including the Russian Arctic and Russian Far East, Mongolia, China, Canada (Alberta) and the Nile Basing countries in Africa.

Tatiana is member of the Main Board of the International Mire Conservation Group (IMCG), the Supervisory Board of the Greifswald Mire Center (Germany), the Global Peatland Initiative and IG Moorschutz (Austria), the Society of Ecological Restoration and the Mire Group of the Russian Botanical Society.

Tatiana was involved in the activities of the International Peatland Society (IPS) for the first time during the International Peat Congress held in Leningrad in 1988. Since 1996 Tatiana is an individual member of IPS participating in all Peat Congresses, contributing discussions in working groups, as well as in the joint activities between IPS and IMCG for the development of peatland related resolutions of the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands and the assessment of their implementation.

Niina Kinnunen

Nina Kinnunen is a Director for Sustainability, Brand and Communications at Kekkilä-BVB, the leading horticultural company in Europe and a Coordinator for IPS’s Peat for Growing Media expert group. She is responsible for the sustainability roadmap of Kekkilä-BVB, where the target is to become a net positive company by 2030, which means giving more to the world than taking from it.

Dr Gerald Jurasinski

Managed peatlands as novel ecosystems

After studying land management and conservation of the environment at the University of Rostock, Gerald got a PhD in biogeography at Bayreuth University.

Since 2007 he is working at the Landscape Ecology group of the University of Rostock.

From 2014 to 2017 he acted as head of the group. His research focuses on spatial-temporal patterns of vegetation and their drivers as well as on carbon dynamics in natural and managed ecosystems.

During the last decade he mainly addressed GHG exchange and vegetation dynamics in rewetted peatlands and carbon storage in managed forests in his research.

Gerald Jurasinski is involved in a number of inter-disciplinary large-scale research projects addressing the functioning of low-lying coastal peatlands and temperate fen peatlands.