Jordi van Oort
Young Expert at African Parks - Rwanda
YEP period 2017 - 2019, batch 10
In my first YEP year, I worked within the Forest Landscape Restoration unit of IUCN ESARO (eastern and southern Africa) where I will be the Monitoring and learning officer this year. This means I will be working both from our office in Kigali and in the field where we try to introduce a coherent data-collection plan for monitoring our projects so we can send out that information to our stakeholders and partners.
In my second YEP year, I am working at African Parks in Rwanda.
After studying Nature Conservation in both African and The Netherlands, I strongly connected to the vast plains of the African continent and its people. Throughout my studies, I have been going back and forth to (mostly southern) Africa to gain experience and to try and understand the underlying mechanisms of savanna ecosystems. I have gained a lot of bio-cultural monitoring skills over these years and I have become ever more interested in monitoring and learning from nature and all its inhabitants including ourselves.
Over the last few years, I have noticed that there is a lack in monitoring techniques and options throughout the region and I have been working with various local African experts and friends in coming up and designing ways to collect data more efficiently (you can think of applications, using freeware, and setting up databases). While being out in the field, I always feel the necessity to bring the things I encounter to a broader audience. I’m an avid conservation photographer and I love taking people with my visually through videos and blogs. You can find examples of these blogs and videos on my website: www.jordivanoort.com.
- MSc Forest and Nature Conservation (Wageningen University, The Netherlands)
- Bachelor Tropical Forestry and Nature Management (van Hall- Larenstein, The Netherlands)
- B.Tech Nature Consevation (Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University, South Africa)
Experience before YEP
Before moving over to the IUCN (which was my start of YEP), I worked for the Association for Dutch Cultural Landscapes in Beek-Ubbergen, The Netherlands. This organisation is working to green the agricultural areas of The Netherlands through small scale conservation and maintain our Dutch Cultural Heritage in the landscapes. Before working at that organisation, I worked for Conservation Lake Tanganyika which is a small conservation NGO that is trying to conserve the biodiversity in and around Nsumbu National Park in far northern Zambia.