Who are you ?

Master in de Bio-Ingenieurswetenschappen en Doctor in de Wetenschappen (KU Leuven). Momenteel Beleidsmedewerker bij het Departement Omgeving (Vlaamse overheid) met als voornaamste taken de Green Deal Bedrijven en Biodiversiteit, werkgroep ecosysteemdiensten en werken aan ecologische ontsnippering (ecoducten etc.).

Gepassioneerde vrijwilliger: o.a. Raad van Bestuur BOS+, en Vlaams Jongerenvertegenwoordiger Duurzame Ontwikkeling - Vlaamse Jeugdraad.

Doener: lokale projecten zoals plaatsing van bijenhotels bomen, struiken, groene geveltuinen, een boekentil, ...

Alles wat ik belangrijk vind en waar ik veel tijd en energie insteek heeft te maken met natuur en leefmilieu. Vanuit een sterke persoonlijke overtuiging werk ik dagelijks op werk- en privévlak aan een duurzamere samenleving waarin iedereen mee kan.

How do you contribute to the transition? give one or more example(s).

Verbinden van mensen uit verschillende sectoren.

Enthousiasmeren van jongeren door een passie mee te geven voor kleine en grote, maar vooral concrete projecten: van bloemenweides tot ecoducten en projecten met meer dan 100 grote bedrijven.

Inspirerende pitcher die graag spreekt voor een groot publiek en daarbij focust op samenwerking over de grenzen heen en eigen actie.

Role

Project Manager at the Agency for Nature and Forest

Quote

“A thing of beauty is a joy forever”

Who are you and what do you do?

After a PhD in bio-science engineering, I currently work with the Agency for Nature and Forest. As a project manager for a European project, I am responsible for the construction of several wildlife crossings over and under the Brussels ring road in the Sonian Forest. Two years ago, I was elected as the Flemish youth representative for Sustainable Development at the Flemish Youth Council. The highlight of the year was the mission to the General Assembly of the UN in New York as part of the Belgian delegation and including Prime Minister Di Rupo and Ministers Reynders and Labille. Currently, I am a Belgian Youth Representative for ONE, an organisation that sets up lobbying campaigns in order to fight extreme poverty. So there’s no lack of enthusiasm to start this year as a Generation T-er!

Why are you part of Generation T?

In everything I do, I try to take into account people, animals and society. I use public transport daily, but I prefer riding my bike. Moreover,  I try to proclaim my opinion in a positive way. That’s my main asset: a positive view on environmental topics. ‘Ringland’ in Antwerp is a perfect example of a positive and integrated project: they used to be a quite negative pressure group, but ever since they started their positive story, they became really relevant and people started paying attention and listening. So strength to go for better and not necessarily for more, that is what I believe in.

Specific projects or activities that make a difference and initiate change:

As a scout, I try to contribute to a better society by stimulating children and young people in an active way to take good care of each other and the environment. Therefore, local actions are essential in order to connect people and nature. For example, since several years I am responsible for the management of the scouting terrain. Throughout the years, we started a number of projects and we have completely transformed the terrain: we made it greener, more robust and more playful! This was mainly done by planting about 600 native trees and shrubs, installing information panels, building a bee hotel, a tree house, a natural playground, etc. In this way, children learn to respect the environment while playing!