President of Moldova visits World Soil Museum
President of Moldova Maia Sandu visiting the World Soil Museum. Photo credit: Guy Ackermans
On Tuesday 5 September the ISRIC World Soil Museum was honored to host a very special guest: President of Moldova Maia Sandu. President Sandu visited the museum as part of her visit to Wageningen University & Research (WUR) to explore collaboration on agriculture, food security and climate change.
President Sandu was welcomed to the World Soil Museum by ISRIC Museum and Education Officer Mara Grandia and WUR Professor of Soil Geography and Landscape Jakob Wallinga who is also the Chairman of ISRIC’s Managing Board. They showed President Sandu a Chernozem soil profile, the typical fertile soil of Moldova, and discussed the importance of sustainable soil management
to improve soil health and safeguard productive soils for future generations.
A Tulip Award Ceremony also took place inside the museum. There is a newly cultivated tulip named after the president: the Maia Sandu tulip. This was presented by Erik Weststrate, Director of Europe at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.