Award for Norwegian Mire Scientist

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His Majesty Harald, King of Norway, has appointed Professor Asbjørn Moen Knight 1st Class of the Royal Norwegian Order of St. Olav. The Order of St. Olav is awarded to individuals for remarkable accomplishments on behalf of the country and humanity. 

Asbjørn Moen has had, and continues to have an enormous influence on bog or mire research and conservation, not only in Norway but worldwide. His scientific achievements in mire ecology and conservation management are widely recognized. He has participated in scientific mire expeditions and excursions in 20 countries including Ireland in 1990. 

It is largely through his efforts that Norway has an excellent mire inventory and a mire conservation system that sets the highest international standards with respect to quality and representation. Of global importance has also been his leading involvement in the International Mire Conservation Group (IMCG), the world organization of mire conservationists. 

The IMCG Field Symposium, Congress and General Assembly in Norway 1994, organized by Asbjørn, is considered the best IMCG events ever (outside of the Irish excursion organised by IPCC !), not only because of the excellent organisation and the wide richness of Norwegian peatlands displayed, but also because of its hitherto unequalled international participation. The Norway Symposium and its Trondheim Declaration changed the IMCG from a Europe-centred science-orientated organisation to a global one for mire conservation.

Conrgratulations Asbjorn !

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© Peter Foss 2012