• Conservation Ecology, PhD

    at Wageningen Agricultural University

    2002 - 2003 (1 year) Provincie Gelderland

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    Hi, I am a lifetime conservationist with a PhD in conservation ecology and CEO of the World Institute for Conservation of Nature and Environment, WICE. For 40 years I served organizations like the World Bank, the United Nations, the WWF and other international organizations as an advisor on establishing and improving national parks systems in many developing countries. A tireless traveller and explorer, over time, my passports accumulated entry stamps of more than 80 countries and usually my boots hit the trails of at least one, and often several national parks in each country I have visited. Two decades ago, WICE initiated an ecolodge in the Amazon in Cuyabeno Wildlife Reserve, Ecuador and a few years later I became part of the polar Plancius cruises. What often struck me on my travels, was the fact that national parks in developing countries are so often ignored by tour-operators. Many have a tendency to take you to the more convenient places in secondary forests, where everything is conveniently organized for you, while denying you the spectacle of the most beautiful nature, the most spectacular wildlife and the best birding the country has to offer: its national parks. So when those outfitters pretend they help preserve nature with their ecotour, in reality, they don't because their tours compete with visits to national parks, where the really important nature is, but they don't let you visit it, because they prefer you to spend time on their property or in other areas with little conservation importance.

    That is why I decided to start organizing exiting new ecotravel destinations to national parks worldwide as well as to ecocruises to insular paradises, so that you can explore the world's best wild places in a sustainable way.

  • Worldwide Consulting Environment & Nature management

    Worldwide, consulting services have been carried out for the World Bank, United Nations en bilateral assistance in 80+ countries. Particularly specialized in water management, GIS ecosystems mapping, national parks management, natural resources financing analysis.


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