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Avatar Forest

Everybody in the Netherlands saw, or at least heard about the movie…


Added by Cora van Oosten on March 29, 2012 at 5:30pm — 1 Comment

Keep the ecologists out of our forest!

Ecologists rule the Dutch forest. Inspired by ecological network thinking, they enthusiastically (re)construct corridors within the ecological matrix. As they recently did just outside the community of Oss, in the Southern part of the Netherlands. Here, they created an ‘artificial storm’. In other…


Added by Cora van Oosten on March 7, 2012 at 6:17pm — 3 Comments

Frozen landscapes, heart-warming

The Dutch consider themselves as not nationalistic, not patriotic and not traditional. They are rational thinkers, not very emotional, highly modernised, connected and globalised. But this changes once a year. In wintertime, when our rural landscapes turn white, as covered with snow. When the manifold waterways, streams, creeks, lakes and rivers are frozen, they suddenly become points of attraction, because of their suitability to SKATE!

In winter time, when ice is thick enough to…


Added by Cora van Oosten on February 10, 2012 at 7:00pm — No Comments

Landscape volunteers care...

With our government cutting budgets for nature conservation, conservation professionals are crying out loud for losing their jobs. But what about all the citizens who voluntarily work to maintain and restore our country’s nature?

Thousands of citizens giving their time and energy for the protection of…


Added by Cora van Oosten on November 30, 2011 at 12:00pm — 1 Comment

Farmers care for nature

Mr. Arkink, farmer in Nutter, Eastern Netherlands, is checking out the creeks, shrubs and bushes around his fields. This, as an effort to restore the ecological values on and around his farm land. He is doing his utmost to protect and maintain the particular mosaic landscape he grew up in. He knows the birds, the small mammals and the insects having found their habitat in his productive space. “Ownership goes with responsibility”, so he says in Trouw, 18-11-11). 

Mr. Arkink…


Added by Cora van Oosten on November 23, 2011 at 9:00pm — No Comments

And then there was the wolf.....

In my previous blog posts I wrote about the new trend of collaboration between stakeholders in our country. I wrote about greater understanding between ecologists, conservationists, farmers and companies, and joint landscape management. I gave several examples of innovative partnerships between governments and citizens, farmers and ecologists, conservationists and private enterprises. And how this renewed collaboration positively influences the Dutch landscape management arena. But then,…


Added by Cora van Oosten on September 30, 2011 at 6:30pm — 2 Comments

Landscapes looking for new owners

Last week, I participated in a conference called “Green Wavelength”, organised by our own Wageningen University. With the striking title “Nature looks for new owners”.

Aim of this one week conference was to help shaping the current discussion on nature conservation and landscape management in an age of economic crisis, which presently is a hot debate in Dutch society. Now that the government withdraws from its responsibility over our landscapes, who is going to take over? Investors?…


Added by Cora van Oosten on September 23, 2011 at 6:00pm — No Comments

Dutch citizens working towards a new food culture

The city of Amersfoort has a policy for strengthening urban-rural relations. Building a locally based food economy by reducing the distance between producers and consumers, thus reducing transportation costs and reducing CO2 emissions, and decrease the city’s ecological footprint.

Amersfoort is a relatively large city, in a vast rural territory of mosaic landscapes containing agricultural lands, forests, rivers and lakes. Where farmers, nature conservationists and urban dwellers are…


Added by Cora van Oosten on September 15, 2011 at 5:59pm — 1 Comment

New (old) protagonists of our forest landscapes

In Dutch landscape management, focus has predominantly been on the large landscape foundations, which own and manage most of the Dutch forest with public funding. Private land owners were out of the picture for a long time. But due to recent budget cuts, the role of private land owners is gaining renewed interest.

We still have about 1000 private forest owners. Many of these private owners belong to the old gentry, largely impoverished but still holding relatively large estates.…


Added by Cora van Oosten on September 12, 2011 at 12:28pm — No Comments

May reduced government support lead to more local initiatives?

Crisis, crisis, that’s all the newspapers are talking about. Budget costs on health, culture, and nature conservation all around. Local governments, NGOs, CBOs, academics, we are all concerned for the future of our landscapes. But instead of looking at the negative sides of cutting back government spending, can we also look at reality from a more positive angle?

Recently, I visited the garden landscape “The Lower Source” in Oosterbeek. A very old estate, dating from Medieval…


Added by Cora van Oosten on August 28, 2011 at 3:59pm — 2 Comments

French forest guards get suicidal

Yet another striking headline in today’s newspaper (Trouw, August 5th 2011) strikes my attention: “Wave of suicides amongst French forest guards”. What is happening in the French forests?


The Office National des Forêts reports 29 suicides since 2005, four of which in July this year. One of them even shot himself in front of the Forestry’s Office. The Minister of Agriculture & Forests commissioned an investigation, which concludes that the profession of forest…


Added by Cora van Oosten on August 20, 2011 at 10:30am — No Comments

Dutch forests have gone bankrupt

Today's newspaper (Trouw, July, 19th) is opening with "Dutch forests have gone bankrupt".

Nice, that our forests are finally making the headlines. But the reason is rather sad. In the international policy arena, the Dutch are crying out loudly that forests are of crucial importance to combat the threats of global climate change. But meanwhile, our own forests have gone bankrupt. What did we do wrong?

The vast majority of our Dutch forests are owned by the State, and by…


Added by Cora van Oosten on August 15, 2011 at 4:00pm — No Comments

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