Communities for Future
Our Response to the Climate Emergency
February 1-10, 2020
Willem, an expert in landscape restoration, shares with us how his early fascination for nature has shaped his path through life. Having worked for the International Union for Conversation of Nature, he speaks about his rich experiences of working in the tropics and how the restoration of rural degraded areas can regenerate diversity and communities. Wanting to contribute to build a bridge between investors, nature conservationists and local people - bringing together people, nature and productivity, he co-founded Commonland. Willem reveals that an alarming number of 2 billion hectares (the size of China and the US combined) is degraded land around the globe, making restoration work utterly important.
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- Fascination for nature
- Work for the International Union for Conservation of Nature
- Motivation behind founding Commonland
- The 4 losses of degraded land and the 4 returns
- His steps to work on restoration
- The concrete results
- How to make regenerative projects successfull
Willem Ferwerda has worked in several tropical countries around the globe on tourism, conservation and ecosystems restoration. From 2000-2012 he was director of the Dutch office of the International Union for Conservation of Nature, the largest intl. union of nature organizations, states and scientists. As change agent, Willem is looking for new business opportunities where ecosystems can be included in a positive way in people’s thinking and acting. He is founder of Commonland which aims to restore degraded landscapes so that they can deliver social, economic and ecological value to local farmers/ residents and investors.
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