After the students from Egypt and Denmark had met in Assuit, students from Assuit University traveled to Denmark to learn more about Danish agriculture for the second half of the program “Sustainability in Agriculture”
By Agnete Flyger
Familiar faces were smiling as students were reuniting only two weeks after having met for the first time. This time, however, the agriculture students of Assuit University had changed their familiar scenery of the Nile and sunny desert to the Northern Sea and its temperamental weather where the students of Gladsaxe High School were welcoming them. As spring was unfolding right in front of the students’ eyes during their joint field trip, the green forests stood in stark contrast to the dry desert that the group experienced at the beginning of April.
Balancing nature’s fragility
Standing in the hilly area of Dollerup Bakker (Dollerup Hills), the students gathered at a high point from where they could see a lake which is exactly where the most recent Ice Age halted to a stop. In the opposite direction of the lake surrounded by hills, the students could see stretches of flat lands, which is the moor.
“This is a place where there used to be sand. 200 years ago, we were eager to increase the agricultural production so we kind of over-exploited the land which caused drifting sand as we also have seen in Egypt,” Magnus Limborg, who is teaching geoscience at Gladsaxe High School, explained.
“The plantation that we are standing in now was planted in order to get hold of the sand and is an example of how to protect nature from over-exploitation. So that is a very important part of this program, both to see how agriculture works in Denmark and in Egypt and how things can go wrong, how fragile the system actually is if we don’t take care of it,” he explains.