Mighty oaks from little acorns grow. Our goal is many strong trees, which together form a robust forest. And the whole is greater than the sum of its parts: the forest is more than just a collection of trees – it is an ecosystem with a great many different functions and purposes.
One of these is regulating the climate: more rain falls on forests than in other places. Evaporation of this rain and shade from trees cool off our warmed-up earth. Moreover, trees prevent erosion, by absorbing wind and water, and their roots hold the soil together. The leaves absorb CO2 and store it within the tree. Forested areas are an important source of food, wood and other products, and accommodate high biodiversity. Forests make the earth and its inhabitants more resistant to climate change.
But forest ecosystems are under pressure throughout the entire world, due to deforestation and soil degradation. As many as 2 billion hectares have now become degraded. Thus, ecosystems function less efficiently, resulting in a deterioration of ecosystem services. If deforestation continues at this rate, the earth will ultimately no longer be habitable for humans.
We restore and protect forest ecosystems all over the world. We replant trees and protect existing forests. We safeguard the long-term sustainability of our projects, by continuing to monitor and evaluate the growth and development of the forest, and to cooperate closely with our local partners.
Forest restoration and conservation, REDD+, forest and climate policy, forest certification. Martijn holds a Master of Science degree in ‘Forest and Nature Conservation’ from the Wageningen University, and has 12 years of experience in forest and climate projects.
“As 10-year-old WNF ranger, I went from door to door in my street, selling square metres of tropical forest for fundraising. Now, I want to do something professionally that has real value and helps to make the world a better place. In my work for Face, I’m involved with forests and nature: the things in the world that are under the most pressure. For me, it’s about a combination of combating climate change and contributing to sustainable development.”
Wouter holds a Master of Science degree in ‘Forest and Nature Conservation’ from the Wageningen University, with specialisation in ‘Resource Ecology’. He has over 10 years of experience in forest ecology, forest and wildlife monitoring, agroforestry, REDD+, remote sensing and GIS.
“I became fascinated by tropical rainforests and the wildlife that lives in them when I was quite young. When I heard news stories about deforestation, I immediately thought about all those animals that no longer had any place to live. Student internships in tropical forests confirmed my fascination. I also learned that forests must be viewed in conjunction with the local population. That’s why I want to combine purposes in my work for Face, so that they reinforce each other. Thus, a forest with high biodiversity and food production – all working together.”
Kars holds a Master of Science degree in ‘Forest and
Nature Management’ from the Wageningen University, with specialisation in ‘Forestry
Economics and Environmental Policy’. He has over 10 years of experience in Forestry, forest restoration, forest monitoring, forest carbon and remote sensing and GIS.
“I grew up in a village in the middle of the Papuan tropical rainforest in Indonesia. I know from the time I spent there how extraordinary such an ecosystem is and how closely the culture of the inhabitants is tied to the forests. In my work for Face, I want to protect these ecosystems, by giving them economic value, other than just the timber alone.”
Joline holds a Bachelor of Science degree in ‘Forest and Nature Management’ from Van Hall Larenstein University of Applied Sciences, with specialization in ‘Tropical Forestry’. She has worked on several projects related to sustainable land use management, (agro)forestry, and ecosystem services, mainly in South East Asia.
“I've always been fascinated by how everything in nature interrelates in such a subtle and refined way. My interest in tropical rainforests grew as I learned about this amazing natural ecosystem in which we live, depend on and what is under such pressure. In my work I want to take a holistic approach to the challenges we face and work with communities to find practical solutions to restore and protect the ecosystems in which we live and are part of. ”
Long holds a BSc degree in Forestry of Vietnam Forestry University and an MSc degree in Carbon Management of the University of Edinburgh. He has been working for more than twenty years in many countries and has gained deep knowledge and experience in natural resource management, landscape restoration, sustainable land management, land use planning, land tenure, climate change mitigation and adaptation, biodiversity conservation, protected area planning and management, and payment for environmental service.
"I love nature, particularly tropical forests and wildlife, but I have seen everywhere that tropical forests are overexploited and destroyed. I really want to work toward building better places, where people are living in harmony with nature and I believe that solutions are always there. However, they are not the same everywhere, we have to find out where and how it works, this is the challenge and of course the excitement as well."