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The President of the Republic participated in the opening ceremony of the Forest Week

President Arnold Rüütel participated in the opening ceremony of the Forest Week in Kunda.President Arnold Rüütel today visited Kunda where he declared the Forest Week, which is observed on May 8-14, open.

In his speech held at Kunda, President Rüütel said that the observation of traditional Forest Week and annual nature protection month helps us to get closer to our goal to make preservation and protection of forests and nature a norm of life. “The forest certainly influences and changes our living environment. It helps to purify our water, avoid erosion and offers us protection against wind and storms. Man and forest depend on each other. Thanks to the forest, the society can have resources that can influence people’s mental and physical health. Man changes the well-being of forest and forest changes the well-being of people,” the Head of State said in his speech.

During a ceremony held on the square in front of the building of Kunda City Government, the flag of the forest capital was passed over from Kilingi-Nõmme to Kunda. Mayor of Kunda Allar Aron and Lääne-Viru County Governor Urmas Tamm delivered their greetings at the ceremony. The event was perpetuated in the town’s history by a tree planted by the Head of State.

After that, the President of the Republic participated in the Forest Week opening seminar at Kunda City Club that was opened with greetings by Minister of Environment Villu Reiljan. Chairman of the Estonian Forestry Society Kaupo Ilmet handed over to Heino Teder a Life’s Work Award. Public services adviser of Kunda City Government Sirje Liiskmaa and managing director of AS Estonian Cell Margus Kohava made presentations at the seminar.

The motto of this year’s Forest Week as suggested by the Estonian Forestry Society was: “Forest changes itself and its surroundings”. The idea is to raise awareness about the possibilities concurrent with changes and new challenges in the forestry sector.

Public Relations Department of the Office of the President
Kadriorg, May 8, 2006

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