Skansen Open-Air Museum Supports Congress

Jun 19, 2024

The 26th IUFRO World Congress will start with a Tree Planting Ceremony at Skansen Open-Air Museum this coming Sunday.

It is a cherished tradition within IUFRO that symbolizes resilience and the enduring connection between generations and continents. This event also serves as a platform for host countries to showcase their regional culture and traditions related to forest and tree usage.

The ceremony will be held at the Skansen Open-Air Museum in the heart of Stockholm. At the peak of Orsakullen, two oaks and two pines will be ceremoniously planted, representing the forest culture in northern Europe. The event will feature a performance by the choir “Allmänna sången” and speeches from dignitaries from the City of Stockholm, IUFRO, and the host country, Sweden.

The ceremony will coincide with the traditional midsummer celebration, offering dancing and entertainment that invites all attendees to immerse themselves in the most beloved Swedish tradition.

“We are proud to host this historic event. It not only highlights the importance of our forests but also strengthens the bond between diverse cultures and communities.”, says Yvonne Nordlind, CMO of Skansen.

The last time Sweden hosted the IUFRO Congress was in 1929. Today, this Congress has evolved into a global event with more than 4,200 delegates and stakeholders from over 110 countries, primarily from the scientific community and governments, businesses, and non-governmental organizations. The Congress boasts a diverse representation across gender, socioeconomic backgrounds, education, ethnicity, and cross-sectoral scientific fields.

Fredrik Ingemarson, Chair of the Organizing Committee, expressed his enthusiasm:

“We applaud Skansen for their unwavering commitment to forests. This tree planting ceremony not only celebrates our rich forestry heritage but also paves the way for future generations to appreciate and protect our natural environment. The Skansen venue is the perfect setting for this ceremony.”

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Tree Planting Ceremony