Veit Koester heads the Ecological Division of National Forest and Nature Agency in the Ministry of the Environment of Denmark. He has authored or co-authored numerous articles and publications in the field of nature conservation and international environmental law. Mr. Koester has been an active contributor to the preparation of several international legal instruments on nature conservation, notably the World Heritage Convention, the Bonn Convention on the Conservation of Migratory Species of Wild Animals, the Convention on the Conservation of European Wildlife and Natural Habitats, the European Community Directive on the Conservation of Wild Birds and Community Regulations i.e. on the implementation of the Washington Convention within the community. He has been responsible for the Danish implementation of these international legal instruments. Mr. Koester has served as elected chairman for and is member of numerous international committees and environmental organizations.