Ambassadors

Alan Phillips

This article was written in cooperation with Margot Leemans and Alec van Havre. In the diversified Campine countryside, in the north of Belgium, landowner Alan Phillips manages a picturesque estate where woodlands, crescent dunes, purple heather, grasslands and marshes landscape the sandy soils. Alan explains about forest management. Photo credit: Valérie Vandenabeele. After his industrial …

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Ando Eelmaa

Ando Eelmaa, manages his family’s farm in Estonia for now 30 years and has a forestry education. He is the chairman of the board of the Estonian Private Forest Union and of The Nature Fund as well. Ando Eelmaa, the owner of Korjuse-Vanapere farm in his apple orchard. Photo credit: Julia-Maria Linna The Nature Fund (TNF) is an initiative …

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Jordi Pietx

Jordi Pietx is a biologist with an MSc in ecology and environmental sciences. He specialises in nature and landscape conservation and stewardship. He has also worked on environmental and participatory aspects of land planning, conservation, restoration and rural management. Jordi Pietx, Serra del Cadí, Pyrenees, 2021.  ©Jordi Pietx  Inspired by his experience with land stewardship …

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Oriol Baena Crespo

Oriol Baena Crespo, Land Stewardship Agreements technician at the Catalan Herpetological Society (SCH). Oriol studied environmental sciences in Barcelona and Ecology in the Netherlands. He considers himself a European citizen and a nature specialist. He always had a strong interest in topics like nature conservation, agriculture, access to land and rural structures. He has been …

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Lisa Kopsieker

Lisa Kopsieker is a scientist who, in the past, has focused on researching policy opportunities for nature conservation on privately owned land. As a German citizen who grew up in East Africa and studied conservation science in the UK, she has a broader perspective on Europe’s conservation sector and policies. Lisa Kopsieker. Photo credit: Hans …

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Barbora Kukrechtová & Ondřej Pospíšil in an old orchard at the butterfly kingdom of Radiměř, Czech Republic. Copyright – Johana Drlíková

Barbora Kukrechtová and Ondřej Pospíšil

Barbora Kukrechtová was a translator in Prague before falling in love with a nature conservationist and, coincidentally, a house lost in the middle of the Czech countryside. She met her partner, Ondřej Pospíšil, three years ago through the conservation group “JARO”. Barbora Kukrechtová & Ondřej Pospíšil in an old orchard at the butterfly kingdom of …

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Daniel Cismas

Daniel Cismas: While on a quest to find purpose and identity for ourselves, we decided to become farmers and work the land. Since 2009, Daniel Cismas has been managing, together with his wife Tincuta, the Topa organic farm in The Saxon Villages Area of southern Transylvania. The land belongs to the Foundation for Cultures and …

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Béla Jankovich de Jeszenice

Béla Jankovich de Jeszenice: Increasing awareness on nature and its diversity is the first step. Béla Jankovich de Jeszenice engages strongly on the intersections of agriculture, the environment and technical and social innovation. He leads the operations of his family’s estate ‘Jankovich Birtok’ in Hungary and is also the Chairman of Commonland’s Board, a charitable …

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