Zoltán Kovács, government commissioner responsible for the exhibition, said at the handover ceremony of the Kittenberger Memorial Forest in Kismaros that the government wishes to pay tribute to the 1971 Budapest Hunting World Exhibition and the 2021 World Exhibition with the 14th inauguration of the Memorial Forest.
He added that he would like to continue the tradition started in 1971 by planting one hectare of forest in each state forest area in memory of those who created and continued the traditions of forestry and wildlife management.
Kovács pointed out that Kálmán Kittenberger, István Fekete and Zsigmond Széchenyi all played a key role in Hungarian forestry and wildlife by creating a bridge from aristocratic management to the later civilian forest management.
Going forward, it is not only a duty to remember these symbolic figures, but also to bring back their knowledge and traditions at the One With Nature 2021 Hunting and Nature World Exhibition.
Sándor Szentpéteri, Deputy State Secretary for Forests at the Ministry of Agriculture, said that based on inherited traditions, the ministry announced a country program last year to make afforestation attractive to farmers.
As a result, applications for planting of 24,000 hectares of forest have been submitted so far. In addition, 22 state forestry companies have launched a sample afforestation program under which they have already planted 550 hectares of forest and are set to plant another 500 hectares soon, he added.