Past events

Past events

Lecture Alan McSmith

Alan McSmith is a South African wilderness guide and tracker, which has defined who he is, and why he is. It is a state secret for how many years Alan has been a nature guide, but it clearly has grown on him, and in him. As part of his current European tour, Alan visited Wageningen on the 20th of May to inspire what Alan later on called “a room full of ignition, possibility and infinite commitment to nature conservation. Future captains.” in a live lecture. The latter aspect made Alan’s stories ever more perceptible and deep after what seemed like ages of online lectures.

Fleur’s FFNA Pub Quiz

Fleur’s Pub Quiz As of February, Fleur stopped as coordinator of the Future for Nature Academy. To conclude this, she organized an online pub quiz for all FFNA members on January 31st. In teams of 4, with names such as “Pittige Pepers” and “The Sunbirds”, we battled for the win. There were several rounds with all kinds of questions related to nature. First we started with questions about the FFNA and special nature facts. Did you know that a sloth…

Patricia Davis lecture

Patricia Davis Lecture On the 5th of October, Patricia Davis inspired us all with an online guest lecture. She won the Future For Nature Award in 2012 and is co-founder of Community Centred Conservation (C3). This is an NGO that focusses on community-based environmental conservation. Since nature conservation is directly connected to the livelihood of local communities, it is necessary to engage these communities in conservation on the long-term. This makes it also more likely that they will comply with…

Elephant Conservation with Antoinette van de Water

Do you believe that elephants should have a right to exist, regardless of their value to humans? Do you believe that an elephant that has caused damage to your property should have a right to exist? For many people living in areas where we can still find wild elephants, the answer to the latter question is often: No. Antoinette van de Water, elephant conservationist and founder of Bring The Elephant Home (BTEH), travelled to Wageningen on September 28th, to talk about how her battle to conserve elephants…

Frans Lanting Lecture

A CHANGING WORLD THROUGH THE LENS OF LANTING This year’s Future For Nature Award Week has officially started, and wow! The first of multiple online events was a lecture by internationally renowned nature photographer Frans Lanting. For over an hour, 100+ of us sat on the edge of our chairs as he shared with us ‘the changing world through his lens’. Frans’ love for nature started in a Dutch village near Rotterdam. He later moved to California, where his inspiration…

EJ Milner-Gulland: Stories of Conservation Optimism

EJ Milner is one of the founders of ‘Conservation Optimism’, an initiative that aims to make conservation more inclusive to everyone. In her lecture she transported us to Cambodia where we were able to hear the sounds of the forest and the stories about her wide experience. She told us about the various threats the forest is facing, from deforestation to death threats for rangers. Watch the recording of EJ’s presentation

Is it too hot for Zazu?

Is it too hot for Zazu? Hornbills’ popularity is partly due to Zazu from the Walt Disney Picture film, The Lion King, but also due to their peculiar breeding strategy, in which the female seals herself inside the nesting cavity. Their characteristic long, down-curved and brightly colored bills make them one of the most striking birds to sight, to birders and non-birders alike. Although their breeding strategy is well known, the effect of climatic variables on their breeding success have…

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…

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