Experience

  • CEO

    at WORLD INSTITUTE FOR CONSERVATION AND ENVIROMENT

    January 1985 - at Present

    West Virginia

  • Environmental Specialist

    at Inter American Development Bank

    November 1992 - December 1995

    Washington, D.C.

    Project development, Environmental Impact Assessment, Transfer of the Panama Canal Zone from the USA to the Government of Panama, etc.

  • Chief International Environment Unit

    at Haskoning/DHV Consultants

    June 1990 - October 1992

    Provincie Utrecht

    Project leader environmental projects in Indonesia, Thailand, Laos, Hungary, Rumania, Costa Rica, etc.

  • Chief Watermanagement National Fresh Waters

    at Rijkswaterstaat, Ministry of Water Management

    November 1981 - November 1990

    Provincie Zuid-Holland

    Development management plans for the major large surface waters of the Netherlands (Rhine, Schelde, Meuse, Wadden Sea, etc.) financing and supervision of the maintenance of the aquatic infrastructure (sluices to Rotterdam, Amsterdam, dikes, navigation canals, etc.

  • Forestry Officer

    at FAO / United Nations

    November 1976 - November 1979

    Plateau Department

    Management Plan for the W National Park

  • Forestry Officer

    at FAO / United Nations

    November 1974 - November 1976

    Provincia de Pichincha

    Development National Plan National Parks System. When we started there were only 2 parks: Cotopaxi and Galapagos. When we finished there were 13 parks covering 9% of the territory. Later the system was expanded to 50 areas, primarily based on our analysis plan.

  • Projects Officer

    at IYF International Youth Federation for Conservation & Environment

    August 1969 - August 1970

    Provincie Utrecht

    Organizaton of youth nature study camps throughout Europe and development of European Conservation Year 1970 youth activities

Education

  • Conservation Ecology, PhD

    at Wageningen Agricultural University

    2002 - 2003 (1 year) Provincie Gelderland

Services offered

  • NATIONAL PARKS TOURS WORLDWIDE

    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.

Languages

  • Spanish Negotiation

  • French Negotiation

  • English Native

  • Portuguese Negotiation

  • Russian Elementary

  • Dutch Native

  • Afrikaans Negotiation

  • Latin Elementary

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