Iceland´s biggest treasure
Icelandic Environment Association and Iceland Nature Conservation Association in association with Pálmi Jónsson Nature Protection Fund will host a conference on the conservation of the central highland of Iceland. The conference will take place in Harpa Conference Center in Reykjavik 26th & 27th of February.
The central highland forms one of the largest area in Europe that has never been cultivated or inhabited. There, one can find vast areas of lava fields, black sand deserts, glaciers, lush wetlands and mountain rigs.
Over the last few decades the highland has been under siege, threatened by increasing pressure for the construction of power plants, built-up roads and overhead power lines across the area. These proposed activities would completely ruin the nature and the uniquness of the central highland.
The conference includes a diverse group of speakers from various backgrounds. They will discuss the treasures of the highland, the importance of conserving the area, as well as an insight will be given into how national parks act as a form of conservation that can benefit the society.
Friday - February 26th
Moderator: Welcomes guests
Gudrun Petursdottir, Director of Institute for Sustainability Studies, University of Iceland
Vigdis Finnbogadottir, former president of Iceland
The central highland
Tomas Gudbjartsson, prof. & board member of Iceland Touring Association
The Aesthetic Value of Landscape
Gudbjorg R. Johannesdottir, adjunct, Iceland Academy of the Arts
Introduction: Highland Projects of the Nature Conservation Fund
Representative from the fund
A place to be: expericencing the highland
Linda Udengård, board member of Utivist Travel Association
The importance of the wilds
Representative from Icelandic Travel Industry Association
The Highland: Analog for Planet Mars and Research
Dr. Christopher Hamilton (HiRise-team)
The highland: Importance of nature education
Hilmar Malmquist, manager of the Icelandic Museum of Natural History
Natural value of the central highland
Þora Ellen Þorhallsdottir, prof. University of Iceland
Geological value of the central highland
Magnus T. Gudmundsson, prof. University of Iceland
National park: A driving force for regional development
Vatnajokull National Park & tourism
Pall Gudmundur Asgeirsson, Laugarfell Highland Hostel
Nature conservation as an economic model
Joel Erkkonen, Senior Advicer, Metshallitus Parks & Wildlife, Finland.