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Board

The Eurosite Board is made up of 3-9 individuals. Members, Associate Members and non-members can be appointed to the Board. Each Board member brings in his or her own expertise. The tasks of the Board include running and representing the association, managing the capital of the association and devising and pursuing the policy of the association. The Board is responsible for the general management of Eurosite and promotes its interests.

Eurosite Board Members

Stefan Versweyveld
Stefan Versweyveld

President

Country: Belgium

Stefan’s interest in nature was first sparked when he was just six years old and at the age of eight he joined the local branch of Natuurpunt, the organisation he would later go on to work for. Stefan studied Biology at the University of Antwerp and after graduating in 1997 he immediately started to work as a professional biologist for Natuurpunt, writing management plans for their nature reserves (Natuurpunt manages around 1.5% of the entire surface of Flanders as a nature reserve). In 2003, Stefan joined the management of the organisation and since 2013 he has been the Head of the Projects and Grants Department, coordinating 60 projects on the restoration of nature, biodiversity, and heritage. Stefan also coordinates Natuurpunt’s European relations with other nature conservation organisations and public bodies

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Anita Prosser

Secretary & Twinning Ambassador

Country:United Kingdom

Anita Prosser was born and educated in the UK having spent her early years in West Africa. Following a degree in Botany and Zoology she worked in education and as a researcher for a wildlife film company.

Anita joined the British Trust for Conservation Volunteers (BTCV) in 1983 to set up training schemes for the unemployed. In 1988 she was appointed to set up and establish BTCV International activities. Anita worked in over 32 countries throughout the world, ran organisational training programmes in Central and Eastern Europe, Japan and Africa, helped to establish National Conservation Volunteer organisations and volunteered in many other existing environmental Organisations (NCVO). Following this she led the establishment of the Conservation Volunteers Alliance to promote and give a voice to environmental volunteers in Europe.

More recently Anita has spent time focusing on European funding both for transnational work, influencing EU on its Volunteering policy, and recently on the new EU growth funds for the UK and chairing the European funding network on behalf of NCVO. She has worked with the UK Government to ensure that the voluntary sector has access and contributes to UK growth as well as business development for BTCV‘s green places products.

Anita’s skills are in all aspects of managing an NGO, strategic and business development, all aspects of engaging with people and communities and European funding.

Alongside working Anita has, in a voluntary capacity, been a Board member of a number of European and local organisations especially in relation to protected areas and the environment.

Kazimierz Rabski
Kazimierz Rabski

Eurosite Twinning Ambassador

Country: Poland

Kazimierz Rabski has a PhD degree as a physical-geographer. He has been working in the nature conservation sector since 1989, including nearly 5 years as Director of one of the Polish National Parks (Słowiński NP) and the next 5 years being the head of the department responsible for the international cooperation of the Polish National Parks at the Ministry of Environment.

Since 2002 Kazimierz has been working as independent consultant and expert in many state and business bodies responsible for the sustainable development and nature management of coastal areas. He is the Chairman of the Society for The Coast (EUCC-Poland), an NGO that is involved in active nature management and was the founder of Odra Delta Nature Park, the first large-scale active nature protection initiative in Poland, managed by an NGO. He has been associated with Eurosite since 1996.

Kazimierz is also known as TV programme and filmmaker, and producer of more than 230 broadcasted productions.

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Tilmann Disselhoff

Country: Germany

Tilmann Disselhoff is a nature conservationist by heart and by profession. He holds a PhD in Civil Engineering from the Technical University of Berlin and has received scholarships from the Robert Bosch Foundation, the German National Academic Foundation, and Berlin’s Elsa-Neumann-Scholarship programme for particularly qualified young researchers. For over a decade, he has worked as a consultant for various clients, such as the European Commission, the German Federal Environmental Ministry, and the German Federal Environmental Foundation. In recent years, Tilmann has focused his work on the fields of conservation financing and private land conservation. He currently works for NABU (Birdlife Germany) where he coordinates the LIFE preparatory project “European Land Conservation Network (ELCN)”.

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Kyriakos Skordas

Country: Greece

Kyriakos has finished the School of Forestry & Natural Environment of the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece and has an MSc in Wildlife Management.  He also holds a certificate of Human Resources Management by the Kapodistrian University of Athens. Since many years, he has been working in the fields of Forest Management, Wetlands and Range Management, Public Awareness, Wildlife Management, Environmental Education and stakeholders training. He is the editor of several publications and informative materials, as well as an author of and contributor to studies, papers, courses, congresses and magazines.

He has very good experience working with NGOs and stakeholders parities. His current job position is as Office & Game-warden Director in Hunting Federation of Macedonia & Thrace dealing mainly with wildlife protection, public awareness, and communication with state agencies, law enforcement and habitat improvements measures.

Kyriakos is also a member of the Boarding Council of UNESCO (Serres for Unesco, Greece) as Deputy of Environment, contributing in the collaboration of Local Authorities for the protection of natural and environmental heritage.

Considering that Environment is not only nature but everything that surrounds us, Kyriakos loves music and has his own radio show since 18 years in several radio stations in Greece.

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Marina Škunca

Country: Croatia

Marina Škunca is a biologist-ecologist with primary experience in flora, vegetation and habitats. She graduated in 2010 at the Faculty of Science, University of Zagreb, where in September 2015 she started her PhD studies – research of invasive alien plant species in riparian area of the Drava River. Since her early studies she was involved in various floristic projects and from November 2010 to May 2012 she worked for Oikon Ltd. as an associate in Biomonitoring and the Nature Protection Division. From May 2012 she has been employed in Geonatura Ltd. as an Associate in the Habitats, Flora and Vegetation Group where she has been working on different projects covering various floristic and conservation topics – from basic inventories, mapping and monitoring of flora and habitats; through risk assessments for the introduction of alien plant species; to ecosystem services assessment and area assessment from the aspect of biodiversity.

She has both national and regional experience as a co-author of EIAs and NIAs, assessing the impacts on biodiversity and natural heritage, as well as producing baseline habitat maps (by orthophoto interpretation), when needed. She’s interested in ecosystem-based disaster risk reduction and climate change adaption, nature-based solutions and citizen science, but her favourite topic still involve invasive alien plant species.

Very early in her career she pursued her interests in education and science popularisation, and in September 2010 has been elected as the President of the Association for floristic research and popularisation – Populus, a rather small, non-profit NGO that brings together both professional biologists and interested individuals. She still holds that position.

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Naïk Faucon

Country: France

Naïk Faucon (MSc, PhD) has been Europe & International manager at ATEN (Atelier technique des espaces naturels) for 16 years. ATEN, a full member of Eurosite since the creation of the network in 1989, is among the four French organisation that have merged into the French Biodiversity Agency (AFB, Agence Française de Biodiversity). Focusing on capacity development, her numerous missions abroad have enabled Naïk to comprehend nature conservation issues, the diverse range of stakeholder networks and professionals involved in the management of protected areas, and the requirements and subtleties of European and international cooperation.

Council

The Eurosite Council is made up of representatives from countries covered by the Eurosite network. The Council members meet twice a year to discuss Eurosite business. The Council supervises the policy as pursued by the Board and approves all policy plans, business development plans, the annual budget, Annual Accounts and the Annual Report. The Council also appoints the Board members, including the President, Secretary and Treasurer of Eurosite.

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Carlotta Maggio

Country: Italy

Carlotta has a BSc in Zoology and an MSc in Wildlife Management from Reading University in the UK. After a thesis and field work on the ecology of a population of Eagle Owls in Spain she returned to Italy to join WWF Oasi as a project officer working on projects in WWF Italy protected areas. During the years she has worked on several aspects of nature reserve management, working closely with the over 40 WWF nature reserves. She coordinates daily management activities, national and international conservation projects, management plans, communication projects and nature reserve events both at a local and national level.  Currently she coordinates daily management activities of the 40 nature reserves WWF Oasi manages, protected area events and WWF Oasi’s communication projects.

Jean Jalbert
Jean Jalbert

Country: France

Jean Jalbert is a biologist with an Engineer degree in agronomy. After various professional experiences in the fields of environment, corporate management and vocational training, he joined the Tour du Valat in 1994 as a project leader. In 1998 he took the position of Conservation Director and was nominated Director General of Tour du Valat in 2004.

Over the years he has covered various topics such as training engeering, development and/or management of local, national and international projects, development of partnerships and networks, strategic planning, team management and corporate development.

He is a member of the Steering Group of the MedWet initiative and a Board member of various nature conservation organizations such as the Society for the Protection of Prespa (Greece), Conservatoire du Littoral (French Coastal Agency), French IUCN committee and Wetlands International European Association.

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Lydia Alvanou

Country: Greece

With an academic-research background in Marine Biology (PhD) & Fisheries Science (MSc) and an extensive experience in organizing and structuring environmental information and documentation, compiling management plans and running various environmental projects, Lydia has been the coordinator of the biodiversity monitoring actions conducted in the Axios Delta National Park (Greece) since 2011.

Miquel Rafa
Miquel Rafa

Country: Spain

Miquel Rafa is a Biologist specialized in nature conservation, with over 30 years experience working for conservation NGOs in Catalonia and at the international level (DEPANA, WWF, IUCN, EUROSITE, UIAA, etc.). He’s the Director of Territory and Environment at the Foundation Catalunya-La Pedrera, where he has worked since 1998. The Foundation is the largest land trust in Catalonia and helps to protect a network of 27 natural sites, visited by more than 400.000 people per year. Furthermore, it manages two environmental education centres, in the Pyrenees and in the Ebro Delta.

He is a member of the Nature Conservation Council of Catalonia and of the World Commission on Protected Areas (IUCN - WCPA), he was the first president of the Catalonia’s Network of Land Stewardship, currently Network of Nature Conservation, where he now serves as International Commissioner. He also has collaborated in numerous radio and TV programmes as a communicator on nature and travels around the globe.

As a passionate birdwatcher and alpinist, Miquel has climbed many peaks in the Pyrenees, Alps, Andes and Himalaya, and has travelled to many natural areas over the world in search of wildlife and wild lands.

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Phil Eckersley

Country: United Kingdom

Phil has long experience working in in the UK for Natural England, the State nature conservation agency, broken by a five year stint in the 1990s working for Eurosite as its programme officer where he worked mainly on setting up twinnings and running programmes to help environmental organisations in Central and Eastern Europe build their capacity.

Phil has an MSc. in nature conservation and is a Full Member of the Chartered Institute of Ecology and Environmental Management (CIEEM). Over his career he has worked in a broad range of areas including the practical management of nature reserves, development planning, advising farmers on the management of their land for its wildlife and habitats and most recently as a national advisor on the implementation of the EU Nature Directives. Currently he works as Natural England’s international officer which involves, amongst other things, managing the programme of Natura 2000 network designations in England.

In his spare time, Phil enjoys tackling England’s National walking Trails, wildlife gardening, amateur photography, birdwatching and cycling. Any excuse to get out into the Great Outdoors.

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Rhys Jones

Country: United Kingdom

Rhys is the Conservation Land Management Leader with Natural Resources Wales (NRW). He has direct leader oversight of National Nature Reserves and Woodland Estates in South Wales and in his role as Chair of the Designated Sites and Estates Management Forum, Rhys is responsible for influencing all land management in Wales. During 2015-18, Rhys was NRWs Marine Fisheries Ecologist and manager of the Assessing Welsh Fishing Activities Project. This project was the first of its kind in Europe which assessed the impact of commercial fishing from a licenced and registered fishing vessel on receptors in the marine environment. The project centred around marine protected areas (MPAs) SACs, SPAs and RAMSARs and is believed to be the first project to assess impacts under Article 6.2 of the Habitats Directives. Previous to joining NRW, Rhys has held Fisheries Manager, MPA compliance and Science Manager roles in the Marine and Fisheries department and Agri-Environment Policy Scheme Leader for the Agriculture department in the Welsh Government. He estimates to have completed 300 Habitat Regulations Assessments and 150 Art 6.2 Assessments both under the Habitats and Wild Birds Directives. Living near the coast in Pembrokeshire, Wales, Rhys enjoys Surfing with the family in his spare time.

Teo Wams
Teo Wams

Country: Netherlands

Teo Wams has a Biology MSc. from the State University of Groningen (topics: ecology, environmental sciences and policy). From 1984 to 2003 Teo worked for Friends of the Earth in the Netherlands. First as a specialist on toxic substances and waste, later as team leader and finally as General Director. He was appointed Director for Nature Conservation of Vereniging Natuurmonumenten in 2004. He is responsible for the management of 100,000 hectare of nature reserves all over the country.

In the past, Teo also worked as Board member of the Center for Agriculture and Environment, Chairman of the Forest Stewardship Council Netherlands, Board member of Friends of the Earth Europe and Board member of Eurosite. At present Teo is a Board member of VBNE (umbrella organisation for forest and nature management), part of the Member Advisory Board on ethical aspects of genetic engineering and Council member of Eurosite.

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Kevin Feytons

Country: Belgium

Kevin graduated in Nature and Forestry education in 2010 in Belgium. Since 2011 he has been working for Natuurpunt, the biggest nature NGO in the Flemish part of Belgium. First as a team leader of the professional workers, later on as a field biologist to make management plans and coordinate nature restoration works for several Flemish and European projects. Through this work, he has become very experienced in Flora and habitat monitoring.

Apart from his professional career, Kevin is also active as a volunteer to manage some nature reserves in his neighbourhood and he is often outside looking for interesting nature scenes as a passionate nature photographer.

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Anna Wilińska

Country: Poland

Anna is the Vice Director of Kampinoski National Park in Poland.

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Harry Koenders

Country: Netherlands

Harry is head of communications and public affairs at Staatsbosbeheer.

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Ion Munteanu

Country: Romania

Ion is Governor of the Danube Delta Biosphere Reserve Authority.

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Viera Horáková

Country:Czech Republic

Viera is a botanist at the Krkonose National Park Administration.