Symposium Organisers

IUCN Netherlands

IUCN National Committee for the Netherlands

Founded in 1983, the IUCN National Committee for the Netherlands (IUCN-NL) represents a platform of the Dutch members of IUCN, and the six international IUCN commissions. IUCN-NL, in close cooperation with IUCN and its members, aims to promote the conservation and responsible management of eco-systems and natural resources in an international context, through:

  • Promoting IUCN's mission, offering a platform for its members in the Netherlands, developing its network and actively participating in the (inter)national policy dialogue;
  • Identifying problems related to sustainability, consumption, trade and biodiversity, elaborating this vision through studies, projects and advocacy;
  • Co-financing for small NGO conservation projects focusing on ecosystems and sustainable development;
  • Supporting and promoting new financing mechanisms for sustainable development.

The Small Grants for the Purchase of Nature Programme (SPN) is funded by the Netherlands Postcode Lottery, with the objective "to support local NGO's in the purchase of vulnerable nature, with the aim to conserve biodiversity for the long term".

Contact: Marc Hoogeslag

Netherlands National Committee for IUCN
Plantage Middenlaan 2K
1018 DD, Amsterdam
The Netherlands
Tel: +31-20-344 9679 / 6261732
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World Land Trust

The World Land Trust (WLT) is a UK-based international charity, working to purchase and protect biologically important habitats worldwide. Since its inception in 1989, has secured over 380,000 acres of land for long-term conservation, in countries such as Argentina, Belize, Brazil, Costa Rica, Ecuador, Guatemala, India, Paraguay, Malaysian Borneo, Venezuela, the Philippines and the UK.
Always carrying out projects in conjunction with local partner organisations, the WLT provides financial, capacity-building and technical support, as well as assistance in the establishment and management of projects where necessary, as well as developing sustainability programmes to ensure long term stability and independence for the projects.
The WLT has established a number of UK-based programmes, including Carbon Balanced, Wild Spaces, and Books for Conservation, all of which are designed to enhance WLT projects and its partners. Educational work is also an important aspect in the WLT’s mission, and activities range from designing and producing educational resources for schools; providing graduate training and work experience opportunities; and running UK Study Tours for its overseas partners.

Contact: Ruth Canning

World Land Trust
Blyth House, Bridge Street
Halesworth IP19 8AB
Suffolk, UK
Tel: +44-1986-874-422
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Symposium Chair: John A Burton

Chief Executive Officer, World Land Trust
With over 30 years involvement in conservation, John Burton has worked across many high profile international environmental organisations, including Friends of the Earth and as Chief Executive of Fauna and Flora International. He set up the first TRAFFIC offices for IUCN, has been involved with the Wildlife Trade Monitoring Unit and was founding chairman of the Bat Conservation Trust.
John has also worked as a consultant for a wide range of government, intergovernmental and commercial agencies, including USAID, World Bank, CITES, DFID, English Nature, and recently has specialised in training conservationists with particular respect to fundraising for land purchase, and also establishing small NGOs.
John is also an extensively published natural history author, specialising in European and North American Field Guides, has contributed regularly to BBC Wildlife and is a former columnist for New Scientist, and has written/edited over 40 books.
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Symposium Facilitator: Mark Stanley Price

Trained as a zoologist, Mark has spent more than 30 years in conservation in Africa and the Middle East, researching on amongst other things hartebeest feeding ecology in Kenya, before moving to Oman to design and run the pioneering project to restore the Arabian Oryx to the wild.  He was then Director of African Operations for the African Wildlife Foundation in Kenya for 12 years.  After a spell as a consultant, in 2001 he became Chief Executive of Durrell Wildlife Conservation Trust in Jersey.  In 2008 he joined Oxford University’s Wildlife Conservation Research Unit (WildCRU).  He founded, then chaired for 12 years, the IUCN SSC Re-introduction Specialist Group, and now sits on the Board of Marwell Wildlife. His main concerns now are that nature gets adequate attention, and that conservation prepares for the forthcoming challenges to the persistence of biodiversity.