Past events

Past events

Wildlife crime seminar

Wildlife crime seminar Poaching and the illegal trade in wildlife products is a major conservation challenge of the 21st century. Many scientists and conservationists are using their expertise to understand and tackle this complicated problem. On the 24th of August, the Future For Nature Academy joined forces with dr. Andrew Lemieux of the Netherlands Institute for the Study of Crime and Law Enforcement (NSCR) and together organized a Wildlife crime seminar “From source to market”. When we think of poaching…

Meeting FFN hero Barbara Galetti

Meeting FFN hero Barbara Galetti Barbara Galetti is president of Centro de Conservacion Cetacea (CCC), a Chilean NGO dedicated to the conservation of cetacean species and the marine ecosystem. In 2011 she won the Future For Nature Award, and now she was back in the Netherlands for a short visit. Eight of the Future For Nature Academy members had the opportunity to meet her personally in Burgers’ Zoo. With only a little bit of time Barbara took the FFN Academy…

Problem oriented Wildlife Protection

Problem oriented Wildlife Protection A quote from a recent scientific article reads: “Conservation is not rocket science…it is far more complex than that.” And that is actually the reason why Dr. Andrew Lemieux is so interested in studying wildlife crimes. On Tuesday 26th of June, the Future for Nature Academy invited Andrew to share his experiences and knowledge on wildlife crime in a public lecture in Amsterdam. Andrew is a researcher at the Netherlands Institute for the Study of Crime…

Bat excursion

Bat excursion For most people, night time marks the end of a day, but for some creatures, it is only just the beginning. If you think urban centres are devoid of wildlife, you might want to reconsider, for its wild inhabitants might just be waiting for the fall of night to roam about. Bats are among the most iconic but virtually undetected nocturnal city dwellers. Circa 21 species of bats can be found in The Netherlands alone and some of…

Workshop Natuur in Nederland

Workshop Natuur in Nederland What do you do when you’re interested in Dutch nature and want to know more about different issues around it? The FFN Academy organised the perfect workshop evening, where eager participants could lend some of their creative brainpower to 3 Dutch experts from different fields. Every specialist prepared a case study from their area of expertise, which we discussed in groups and presented the results and solutions to the other groups at the end of the…

Painted Dog Conservation

Painted Dog Conservation When someone asks us about heroes, we often think of the visible. People who have shown great things and they have probably been in the news a couple of times. Nevertheless, many heroes work mainly behind the scenes and that causes them to be unseen. On Thursday May 17, we welcomed one of the heroes of the Painted Dog Conservation (PDC), Wilton Nsimango, at HAS University in Den Bosch. Wilton enthusiastically taught us all about PDC. Painted…

Bee and insect hotel building

Bee and insect hotel building You have probably read about it in the news: bee populations all around the world are in decline. One of the main causes is the limited availability of habitat due to the high rate of urbanization. To help the bee populations on a local level, the FFN Academy joined forces with the Green Office Utrecht and organized a workshop on how to build a bee and insect hotel. The workshop started with a bee introduction…

Science Saving Elephants – A lecture by Antoinette van de Water

Science Saving Elephants – A lecture by Antoinette van de Water Ever wondered what life is like as a conservationist? If you are, you are not alone! Almost one hundred participants joined FFN Academy for an inspiring lecture by Antoinette van de Water. This ‘Heldin van de Wildernis’ just came back from Thailand and was kind enough to step by in Utrecht to tell us all about her volunteer work in an elephant sanctuary and about her life-long mission to…

Appetite for Destruction: Palm oil diaries

Appetite for Destruction: Palm oil diaries Together with Friends of the Earth Netherlands (Milieudefensie) FFN Academy organized three interactive evenings on palm oil to create awareness and help kick-off the campaign ‘Draw the line’ from MilieuDefensie. In Utrecht, Wageningen and Amsterdam the documentary Appetite for Destruction was broadcasted. It showed us the devastating consequences of the palm oil industry both for the forest and its inhabitants. A video message from Alexandra Vosmear and Dirk-Jan Oudshoorn, recorded especially for this occasion…

Killed in Battle – War on Minerals

Killed in Battle – War on Minerals On Tuesday September 12th (2017) the Future For Nature Academy & study association LaarX presented the documentary ‘War on Minerals’ and Q&A with documentary maker Jacco Groen. In 2012, 147 nature conservationist from all over the world were murdered. One of them was a Dutchman: Willem Geertman. The documentary ‘War on Minerals’ tells his story. In the movie, Jacco Groen investigates how the murder exactly could have taken place. Furthermore he dives into…