PMEL and quality • capacity planning • Integrity issues
I live with passion for nature and a compassion for human kind.
Dedicated, motivated and decisive, are the words that people use to describe me. In the past 18 years I have worked with indigenous communities in Asia, farmers from Cameroon to Costa Rica and organizations worldwide. I enjoyed providing opportunities to grow small and medium enterprises of Non Timber Forest Products while maintaining and restoring the remaining pockets of rainforests. This work brought me deep into the forests where you start to learn to appreciate the strength of humans to cope with fast changes and rooted traditions and culture. It makes you think deeply about the choices made on high political level driven by those in power and with control over the common goods. How can we work towards a world that provides sufficient opportunities for all?
In my current position as senior PMEL and Quality officer for Both ENDS, I take the lessons from my work as project leader as point of departure. I still enjoy bringing people together from various backgrounds, facilitate dialogues to come to shared goals and taking time to reflect and learn. Strategizing for the systemic changes starts in local reality. Just like learning starts with the individual mindset and being able to maintain our ISO 9001 standard starts with making sure the internal processes are aligned and supportive to our work.
Rich Forests promotes a sustainable and future-proof production system and supports, among other things, the transformation of degraded land into food forests. With this, people provide for their livelihood, increase their income and at the same time restore soil and biodiversity.
External link / 19 June 2020
In the first two years of the programme "Communities Regreen the Sahel", more than 10,000 farmers have been trained in Farmer-Managed Natural Regeneration and the practice has expanded to more than 44,000 ha. Moreover, the number of agreements by farmers and nomadic pastoralists has increased significantly, which is important to avoid conflict over land use.
Publication / 23 December 2019
External link / 29 May 2019
Even as climate change intensifies these challenging conditions, the Sahel need not become a desert. Unsustainable agricultural practices and overgrazing are among the main factors causing land degradation in the Sahel, which is threatening the lives and livelihoods of millions of people. Fortunately, organisations like CRESA in Niger have shown that with the right approach, desertification of the Sahel can be reversed.
Publication / 29 January 2019
Publication / 28 January 2019
Publication / 1 July 2016
Publication / 22 December 2015