Services

The services I offer illustrate that I’m a man of many trades. As an octopus my tentacles reach out to science, policy or business, to pure ecology and nature conservation, or to high-level policy making. Hybrid, one would say these days. However wide my services may be, the common denominator is my drive to give nature more attention and to link up worlds. In doubt on what I can mean to you, then just contact me!

Surveys
and monitoring

Measuring is knowing, a cliché that is so true, certainly when it regards nature and biodiversity. Whether it is a municipal policy, a land development plan or a construction plan, most plans start with collecting data. Which species use a given area and in what way? What is the habitat potential? How does an area develop after measures have been implemented?

As an ecologist/botanist I carry out surveys of wild flora. As part of quick scans I assess possible effects on local flora and fauna. I monitor butterflies, know how to use existing data sets, and map landscape features to get a good image of a location’s natural and landscape value.

Science-policy-society
interface

Science, policy and practice in society are far apart from each other, also in the nature and biodiversity field. They are perceived as different worlds or silos, with little dialogue between them. Connecting these three worlds is necessary to turn knowledge into action, but not easy to achieve.

Building on my many years of experience in working with researchers, civil society, business, land users or policymakers and with several communication tools I can act as an interface. Tools that I use for this include the production of policy briefs, translating policy questions for scientists, communicating scientific information via indicators to selected target groups, applying a stakeholder approach, or search for win-wins, every time customised to the specific needs.

Surveys
and monitoring

Measuring is knowing, a cliché that is so true, certainly when it regards nature and biodiversity. Whether it is a municipal policy, a land development plan or a construction plan, most plans start with collecting data. Which species use a given area and in what way? What is the habitat potential? How does an area develop after measures have been implemented?

As an ecologist/botanist I carry out surveys of wild flora. As part of quick scans I assess possible effects on local flora and fauna. I monitor butterflies, know how to use existing data sets, and map landscape features to get a good image of a location’s natural and landscape value.

Science-policy-society
interface

Science, policy and practice in society are far apart from each other, also in the nature and biodiversity field. They are perceived as different worlds or silos, with little dialogue between them. Connecting these three worlds is necessary to turn knowledge into action, but not easy to achieve.

Building on my many years of experience in working with researchers, civil society, business, land users or policymakers and with several communication tools I can act as an interface. Tools that I use for this include the production of policy briefs, translating policy questions for scientists, communicating scientific information via indicators to selected target groups, applying a stakeholder approach, or search for win-wins, every time customised to the specific needs.

Project
development

Writing project proposals and requests for financing are an unavoidable burden for many, diverting time and money away from your core business. National, European and global budgets for nature research and protection projects often involve complex, demanding and time-consuming procedures. With over 25 years of experience, I can facilitate the entire process for you: from problem analysis and concept development to putting together a project team and project plan, to the compilation of the administrative and technical proposal and budget. If your proposal is successful I can also support project coordination.

Group
facilitation

Whether you’re working with an international group of scientists and policymakers, representatives of business parks, campsite owners or artists, co-creating ideas and plans strengthens your own activities as well as nature. As a certified facilitator with many years of international experience and skilled in several facilitation techniques, I guide group processes. By listening carefully and respecting all points of view I make groups feel at ease so that they can share their ideas, exchange information and be creative. Examples include the development of a plan for nature-friendly measures in a business park, the design of a municipal biodiversity action plan, or cooperating with researchers and decision makers to improve uptake of ecological knowledge.

No relevant project available

Knowledge
broker

Often, knowledge is hard to access by the uninitiated. Ecologists have their own databases with species information, policymakers have a clear view on policy objectives and available funding sources, or scientists share their knowledge via scientific papers.

Through my extensive network of contacts, my skills in information search, my analytical mind with which I can separate the main issues from the side issues, and my feeling for rapid synthesis I can act as knowledge broker between parties. I summarise detailed data in outlets such as customised reports, policy briefs, indicators, presentations or infographics.

Ecological
advice

Do you have building or renovation plans or do you want to make changes in the management of your land? Do you want (or are legally obliged) to know your plan’s possible effects on flora and fauna and what you can do to reduce them? I can carry out an impact assessment for you, building on my experience with methods such as BREEAM and environmental impact assessment and my broad knowledge of ecology and nature. I can also recommend nature-based solutions or measures to include nature in your plan or to help mitigate negative impacts.

Interested in collaboration? Contact me!