Dutch Foundation Develops Worldwide Nature Conservation Network
From 22nd to 26th of October 2019, 18 winners of the Future For Nature Award from all over the world will gather in the Royal Burgers’ Zoo in Arnhem.
Arnhem, 17 October 2019 – Making a strong statement against Bolsonaro’s expansion policy in the Amazon region of Brazil, or working together to push back the illegal trade in protected animals – from 22nd to 26th of October 2019, 18 successful nature conservationists from all over the world will attend an international training at Royal Burgers’ Zoo in Arnhem.
Profiling, knowledge exchange and network reinforcement
The aim of this conference includes coaching these Future For Nature Award winners in promoting themselves towards the media, governments and potential financiers. On top of creating opportunities for knowledge exchange, it creates the opportunity to strengthen the global network of conservationists for both the winners of the Future For Nature (FFN) Award and for future conservationists from the Future For Nature Academy. Together they can achieve even more for the future of nature.
Joining forces to work even more effectively
Multiple winners of the Future For Nature Award have proven the success of joining forces to tackle the same problem together. Winners Ofir Drori from Africa and Trang Nguyen in Asia worked together in fighting wildlife trafficking syndicates and the trade in animal parts such as tusks and horns. Sharing knowledge, successful tactics and activities within an international network reinforces the effectiveness of nature conservation worldwide. By sharing expertise with the students of the Future For Nature Academy, future nature conservationists will also be inspired. On Saturday 26th of October, Future For Nature Academy organises the “Connecting Conservationists” event where the Award winners share their views on nature conservation with students.
Future For Nature Academy
In 2016, Ignas Heitkönig and Rascha Nuijten, inspired by the winners of the Future For Nature Award, founded the Future For Nature Academy, at this moment, over a hundred students spread over eight Dutch universities and universities of applied science now actively participate at the Future For Nature Academy. These include the HAS University of Applied Sciences (Den Bosch), Utrecht University, Erasmus University Rotterdam, Radboud University, Leiden University, Van Hall Larenstein Universtity of Applied Sciences (Velp), University of Applied Sciences Windesheim (Zwolle) and Wageningen University. The purpose of the FFN Academy is to learn, to discuss and to make plans for better future nature conservation through national and international networks. The students organise and participate in workshops, lectures, excursions and assist the Future For Nature Award winners wherever possible.