Future For Nature Academy Report

The Future For Nature award winners are an enormous inspiration for all of us, but especially so for Ruben Hoekstra, one of the Future For Nature Academy members from the beginning. He decided almost a year ago that he would like to experience for himself how it feels to be a conservationist and actually contribute to the projects he had been reading about. After months of careful preparation, his journey starts in June 2018. He will visit several Future For Nature award winners and will keep you updated on his adventures via this website. Ruben about his plans:

Every time I read or listen to a story of an awesome conservationist, I end up with mixed feelings. On the one hand, my inner conservation fire is lighted and I feel more inspired and passionate than before. On the other hand, there is this feeling of unreachability: I want to witness conservation work with my own eyes and contribute to the incredible work of conservationists. And I think I’m not the only one having this feeling.

With ‘Future For Nature Academy: Report’ I try to bring the work some of these conservationists to your screen. By visiting and volunteering at not one, not two, but five projects of Future For Nature Award winners, I am able to give you first-hand experiences of the incredible effort of these conservation heroes.

Every Wednesday, I share a conservation story ‘from the field’. In these blogs and vlog-posts I give an update about the award winners and what’s going on at their organisations, about my volunteering activities at those projects and about other related conservation topics. Have a look below to see my latest posts!

 

 

The permanent residents of a rescue centre

I realise that I promised you a vlog for this week, but due to circumstances, I wasn’t able to make a video. Nevertheless, the story of this week shows you what happens with unreleasable pangolins and introduces you to the other inhabitants of the rescue centre. Enjoy the blog!

Daily life at a pangolin rescue centre

The process between the rescue of a pangolin and its release back into the wild often is an intensive one. Curious about what needs to be done before you can release a pangolin? In this first of two vlogs recorded at the Save Vietnam’s Wildlife rescue centre, I will guide you through the daily life here.
(footage of rescue centre made by me, property of Save Vietnam’s Wildlife)

No perfect solution

In some conservation cases, the situation is too complicated to solve with just one perfect method. One of those situations is the human-elephant conflict on Sumatra. This week’s vlog shows a conservation effort that is a step forward, but doesn’t provide a perfect answer to the problem.

Facilitating a healthy Leuser Ecosystem

As a conservation student, I believe doing research and obtaining knowledge is a very important aspect of conservation work. But obviously, gaining knowledge is only part of the story. You also need people in the field. Read this week’s blog to learn how Rudi’s FKL works on both aspects, to facilitate a healthy Leuser Ecosystem!

A forest full of life

The moment you walk in the Leuser rainforest, you immediately sense that it’s full of life. In this week’s vlog I introduce you to some unique inhabitants of Leuser, found nowhere else in the world. Each one of these species deserves to be protected, but there are more reasons why we should take good care of Leuser. Check out the video to learn about that!

A fruitful conservation collaboration

Sometimes conservation challenges are too big to fight on your own. In situations like these, it’s better to team up than to stand alone. In the fight to save the unique Leuser ecosystem in Indonesia, Sumatra-based NGOs HAkA and FKL joined forces. Read this week’s blog to find out why this collaboration turned out to be so successful!

One island, two conservation stories

This week’s video is recorded on beautiful Calawit Island. Even on a small island like this you can find many conservation stories and challenges. At first I wanted to report on mangroves, but during my stay on the island, I became intrigued by the complex relation between dugongs and tourism. So here’s a longer video dealing with both topics. Enjoy!

The first C of C3: Community

During my stay at C3 I’ve had the unique opportunity to visit some local communities across Busuanga Island. As I promised you last week, today’s video is about some of the work C3 has done in those communities. Watch it and see that this NGO is called Community Centred Conservation for a good reason!

The dugong: flagship species for community conservation

After last week’s blog, you’d maybe expect a video this week. I was planning to, but the internet connection wouldn’t let me upload any video. Yup, that’s also nature conservation: being in remote areas is both a blessing and a curse. Anyway, this week’s blogpost is about C3 and it’s flagship species: the dugong. Enjoy!