Go to the forest with a Nobel Laureate

Three special field trips and three Nobel laureates and lots of learning are on the cards for the Forest Day Field trips that will visit the Danish Urban forests of North Zealand this Sunday.

Photo by Timothy Evison

Three Nobel laureates are amongst the prominent participants in the international forestry conference ‘Forest Day 3’ that coincides with the COP15 Climate conference in Copenhagen on Sunday 13th December 2009 at the Radisson BLU Falconer Hotel & Conference Centre in Copenhagen and focuses primarily on the significance and interaction of forests with the climate and global warming.

The three Nobel Laureates are:

  • Elinor Ostrom,Sweden, who has received the Nobel Prize for economy this year.
  • Rajendra K. Pachairo, India, who shared the 2007Nobel Peace Prize with  USA’s former vice president Al Gore.
  • WangariMuta Maathai,Kenya, who received the Nobel Peace Prize in 2004.

Famed journalist and author of the best seller ‘Hot, Flat and Crowded’, Lord Nicolas Stern author of ”The Stern Review” concerning the economic consequences of climate change and Gro Harlem Brundtland, Special Envoy on Climate Change for the United Nations Secretary General. Gro Harlem Brundtland has previously served as Prime minister forNorway and Director General of the World Health Organization (WHO).

“Since the first conference inBali, forests have always had their own summit, and rightfully so. We must stop the ruthless exploitation of forests that store CO2, are essential centres for biodiversity and the habitat for many indigenous peoples. Currently trade in illegally felled timber is not prohibited. When will we learn? I hope that the EU can show correct decisiveness when we are gathered on 15 December to make a decision about illegal timber trade. Forests are important, Sunday is important.” says Forest Day 3 host, Minister for the Environment, Trols Lund Poulsen (V).

Members of the press are welcome to attend the Forest Day 3 Conference on Sunday 13 December 2009 and the excursions on Monday 14 December where more than 200 participants from 60 countries will investigate Danish forest management first hand.

There are three routs for members of the press to choose between:

  • Route 1 provides examples of afforestation on previously worked land Participants will see some of the largest afforestation areas inDenmark including The West Forest near Ballerup and theNorth Forest near Værløse.
  • Route 2 will visit Jægersborg Dyrehave and Jægersborg Hegn, where the forests roll in carbon sequestering and as a carbon sink will be discussed in conjunction with the consequences climate change has for forest management.
  • Route 3 will visit the proposed King’s National Park North Zealand. Here afforestation will be discussed in relation to restoration of natural wetlands.

See program and planned press meetings for Forest Day 3
Read more on the excursions

Forest Day 3 is organized by The Danish Ministry for the Environment in cooperation with the Ministry of Climate and Energy, The Ministry of Foreign affairs of Denmark, The Ministry of Science Technology and Innovation and CIFOR (Centre for International Forestry Research) and members of international forest and environmental in the ”Collaborative Partnership on Forests”.

Registration for journalists:
Pernille Plougheld Vonsek,Danish Forest and Nature Agency, tel. 72 54 23 04, e-mail:

Mette Thorn, Danish Ministry of the Environment Departement, tel. 41 31 85 28, e-mail: