[PHOTO MISSING]The event will take place in the Gamle Festsal, Urbygningen (Clock Building) from 10.30-11.30 and will be opened by Rector Knut Hove.
Prof. Maathai received the UMB honorary doctorate in 1997 following a proposal by Noragric's former director Thor Larsen. The doctorate was bestowed upon her by former NLH rector Roger Abrahamsen during a visit to Kenya that year.
Prof. Maathai is the first African woman to receive the Nobel Peace Prize. She received the prize in acknowledgment for her contribution to sustainable development, democracy and peace. She has been at the forefront in the fight for social, economic and cultural development in Kenya and in Africa; as a biologist she was concerned about the effects of deforestation and soil erosion, especially how this related to rural women as primary caretakers of land and family.
With Professor Maathai receiving the Nobel Peace Prize, the concept of peace received a new dimension. The connection between environment, resources and conflict was not so evident to many. Noragrics Head of Department, Ruth Haug, explains: The relation between environment and peace should not be seen as separate from other ongoing processes in society. Building peace is not something that is done only between governments or at the U.N. level. For the poor living in the South, natural resources are essential to survival. Poverty itself does not necessarily lead to conflict, but poverty increases as a result of conflict. Peace building also includes improving the quality of life for poor people living in conflict areas. In that respect, environment and peace play a decisive role. Another example is the battle for control over important natural resources such as oil and diamonds that has led to war. This has more to do with greed than poverty, however. Wangari Maathais efforts are about building sustainable peace from the grassroot-level, and about including women who are often left out from the political and economic processes which are intended to lead to peace.
Programme for 10 February:
Venue: Gamle Festsalen, Urbygningen (Clock Building)
10.30Welcome by rector Knut Hove
10.35Presentation by Professor Wangari Maathai
11.15Questions from the audience
11.30Departure Wangari Maathai