Past events

Past events

PANEL DISCUSSION DUTCH FORESTRY

PANEL DISCUSSION DUTCH FORESTRY Three visions on Dutch forest management discussed Climate change is one of the biggest future challenges of forest management. Experts are still divided about how to manage Dutch forests towards climate adaptation; should we interfere with natural forest processes or not? On March the 17th, Future For Nature Academy organized a panel discussion about Dutch forest management with 3 professionals; Harrie Hekhuis (Staatsbosbeheer), Liesbeth Bakker (Wageningen University) & Leo Linnartz (ARK Natuurontwikkeling). After a short introduction,…

Crocodile Conservation

Crocodile Conservation It is one of the most worshipped and at the same time, most feared animals since time immemorial. Its rough skin and hazel eyes remind you of the ancient dinosaurs. It is an utterly fascinating creature that is threatened by the impact humans have on its environment.   On the 25th of February, Matthew Shirley, the 2016 FFN award winner, gave a guest lecture during which he presented different facts about crocodiles and pangolins as well as his approach to…

The Nature of Cities Festival

TNOC Festival FFNA went worldwide! From Melbourne to Mexico to Sweden, people participated in FFNAcademy’s workshop during The Nature Of Cities Festival (22-26 February). This being a rather large festival, our participants were likewise spread over different time zones, and while it was rather dark at 10 PM in the Netherlands, we even had someone joining us from their sunny garden in the USA! In our workshop “Future For Nature: a toolkit to inspire and mobilize youth for conservation”, on…

Saving the Scottish Wildcat

Saving the Scottish wildcat The first wild cats that pop up in your mind are probably medium to large-sized species like tigers, lions and cheetahs. But what about the smaller ones, like the flat headed and black footed cat? Or the Andean mountain cat and the Pallas’s cat? These smaller cats, which are around the size of your average domestic cat or even smaller, represent the biggest percentage of all the wild cats around the world! Did you know that…

Rhine excursion

excursion: Ecology of the rhine floodplains For Seriously Sustainable week of Wageningen University we wanted to show the beauty of nature close to our homes. Therefore we organised an excursion to the floodplains of the Rhine in Wageningen! Our special guide, inspirator and professional-friend from ARK Natuurontwikkeling Caroline van der Mark showed us around these ‘uiterwaarden’ (dutch for floodplains) and treated us with her wonderful stories. She started her story about why Wageningen University was based in Wageningen. After that…

Zooniverse Scrum

Zooniverse Scrum “The Zooniverse” is the world’s largest and most popular platform for people-powered research, as they describe themselves. Most projects include large databases of camera trap or other pictures, and as you can imagine: if you have quadrillions of those, it could speed up the process of analysing quite a bit, if you include many people! That is exactly what we did in the most recent Zooniverse evening, which took place on the 10th of December, and focussed on…

FFN Award Ceremony 2020

FFN Award ceremony 2020 An afternoon full of digital conservation inspiration On Friday the 30th of October, hundreds of people logged in to the Hopin platform to get in touch with this year’s Future For Nature Award winners. For the first time ever, the award ceremony took place in different spots all around the world at the same time, making us feel truly connected in this difficult era. Iroro Tanshi, working on the conservation of the short-tailed roundleaf bat in…

Webinar Bring the Elephant Home

Can bees bring peace to elephants and farmers? The smallest and the largest: a story of how small things can help solve big problems. Although many people will see elephants as impressive and enchanting creatures, let’s not forget that they are also about 4 tonnes of animal, running over farmer’s crops, causing damage that might go beyond what local families can handle, potentially even causing injuries, death, and above all, fear. In a study in Thailand, led by Antoinette van…

Botanical chalking

Botanical Chalking Stop weed-shaming In our finely managed world, urban environments have become gray landscapes in which every street and house is perfectly planned. People walk the streets without realizing there is still some greenery left. Even if they do, we often call what is left ‘weeds’ as they are not placed where we chose them to be. In 2001, a botanist in France decided to change this thinking by chalking down the names of wild plants on the sidewalks….

Workshop Biomimicry

Workshop Biomimicry To emphasize the ‘Academy’ part of the Future for Nature Academy, we organize workshops exclusively for FFN Academy Members. In these workshops, participants learn practical skills that are useful for a career in nature conservation, but are not necessarily part of a school curriculum. Cooperation is one of those skills. Good cooperation can significantly increase the chances of success for nature conservation projects. Therefore, the Academy was very grateful that Ylva Poelman was willing to show us what…

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