Biography

Willem is director and founder of Commonland, a multidisciplinary organization of experts that develops landscape restoration projects based on a four returns business approach, providing inspirational, social, natural, and financial returns. Willem has both managed a rainforest conservation fund at the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), and served as executive director of IUCN Netherlands. In 2005, he started Leaders for Nature, an international business network on biodiversity and ecosystems. Willem is an Executive Fellow in Business and Ecosystems at the Rotterdam School of Management and a special advisor of the IUCN Commission on Ecosystem Management.

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Healthy landscapes and water systems are essential if we are to secure the livelihoods and well-being of future generations and our environment. The UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) ratified these points in 2015. In particular, the goal of a Land Degradation Neutral world is explicitly mentioned in SDG 15: “Protect, restore and …

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