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The Secretariat supports the Eurosite members, and Board and Council, to implement Eurosite's Strategy. We coordinate and develop the network activities and organise training opportunities for European site managers. Being the first point of contact for partners, collaborators and others, please don't hesitate to get in touch!

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KRISTIJAN ČIVIĆ

Network Development Manager

Contact
kcivic@eurosite.org

Education
M.Sc. Biology – Ecology, Faculty of Science, University of Zagreb, Croatia.

Experience
Kristijan is from Croatia and has 14 years of working experience in nature conservation gathered at ECNC-European Centre for Nature Conservation and State Institute for Nature Protection in Croatia before that. Therefore he has good knowledge and understanding of national and European policies and regulations regarding nature conservation – especially of the EU nature directives and Natura 2000 network, as well as a broad network at pan-European level. Furthermore Kristijan has a lot of experience in project management, running training workshops, knowledge based facilitation and stakeholder involvement processes.

“After a number of years of being involved mainly in the science-policy interface related work, I felt it was time to move closer to practice. While working at the policy level is important, the actual management of protected areas is where the nature conservation action takes place. This is where Eurosite – as the network of nature managers – has a great role to play and I am happy I will be part of this.”

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CARLIJN POIRTERS

Senior Project and Finance Officer

Contact
cpoirters@eurosite.org

Education
International Business & Languages, University of Applied Sciences ‘s-Hertogenbosch, Netherlands.

Experience
Carlijn is Dutch and has been with Eurosite since the summer of 2002. She has worked on various projects from the European Commission and national governments and contributed to Eurosite publications such as the Eurosite Strategy 2015 – 2020, Annual Reports and newsletters, and the development of the current Eurosite website. Throughout the years she has gained a lot of experience in financial management and reporting. Since the summer of 2013 Carlijn has coordinated the activities of the Secretariat in Tilburg in close collaboration with the Eurosite Board. She supports the overall governance of the network, including the organisation of Annual Meetings and other activities of the network.

“I enjoy working for Eurosite, supporting the site managers across Europe that take care of the practical management of Europe’s nature sites, safeguarding our natural heritage. Eurosite is a very friendly network and is truly a ‘home for suits and muddy boots’. We all have common objectives and enjoy sharing our experiences for the benefit of nature.”

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JELKE BRANDEHOF

Communications and Membership Officer

Contact
jbrandehof@eurosite.org

Education
B.Sc. European Studies, Zuyd University of Applied Sciences, Maastricht, the Netherlands; M.Sc. Communication and Information Sciences, University of Tilburg, the Netherlands.

Experience
Jelke is from the Netherlands and has always had a passion for nature. This is reflected in internships and projects aimed at the prevention of deforestation which she carried out in Cameroon in collaboration with the NGO CENDEP, and through her experience as communication support officer in the Netherlands with ECNC- European Center for Nature Conservation.

“I enjoy working for Eurosite, supporting the site managers across Europe that take care of the practical management of Europe’s nature sites, safeguarding our natural heritage. Eurosite is a very friendly network and is truly a ‘home for suits and muddy boots’. We all have common objectives and enjoy sharing our experiences for the benefit of nature.”

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WOJCIECH MRÓZ

Project Officer

Contact
wmroz@eurosite.org

Education
M.Sc. Environmental Biology; PhD Environmental Biology, Jagiellonian University, Poland.

Experience
Wojciech is an experienced, highly qualified ecologist with 19 years of practical experience in nature conservation in various sectors. He has proven, professional experience in several positions in very diverse multi-stakeholder projects: starting from field research technician, GIS technician and data analyst, independent researcher, head of scientific department, large scale project manager, national coordinator of natural habitats monitoring scheme, international expert and finally - independent ecological consultant and expert in nature conservation for WWF. At Eurosite he will fulfil the role of Project Officer.

“I am considered as a very open-minded, team and task-oriented, flexible, innovative and creative person. I’ve got also a deep understanding of diverse socio-economic conditions. I'm keen on travelling and working in multicultural environment.”

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HANNAH LÖWENHARDT

Project Officer

Contact
hlowenhardt@eurosite.org

Education
B.Sc. Biology, Utrecht University, The Netherlands; M.Sc. Forest and Nature Conservation, Wageningen University, the Netherlands.

Experience
Nature has always been one of Hannah’s main interests. With a background in biology and forest and nature conservation, she has varied experience ranging from on-the-ground field research on animal ecology, to research in international policy. This landed her a job at the PBL Netherlands Environmental Assessment Agency for the past year, where she worked on international climate and biodiversity governance, specifically towards the CBD COP-2020 in China. As a new addition to the team, Hannah will be supporting the tasks carried out by the Eurosite Secretariat.

“In the past I have looked outside of Europe for adventure and wilderness, only to realize that this could be found just around the corner. Europe’s nature is beautiful, diverse and special in it’s own way. I wish for everyone to be able to enjoy this; young, old and future generations. Working at Eurosite, together with all our passionate members, I am sure we can reach this goal.”