Short Resumes of the board

René Boot

René Boot
René Boot is director of Tropenbos International, a Dutch foundation governed by an international board. The mission of the foundation is to improve governance and management of tropical forests through research, capacity building and promoting dialogue. The foundation funded by the Dutch government, EU and other donors works in Indonesia, Vietnam, Ghana, Cameroon, Democratic Republic of Congo, Colombia, Suriname, Guyana and Bolivia.

He is Special Professor in Sustainable tropical forest management at Utrecht University, The Netherlands where he teaches research policy linkages to MSc and PhD students. He further supervises PhD students working on forest ecology and forest dependent livelihoods.

René Boot studied ecology and graduated (PhD) in 1990 at Utrecht University. After graduating he worked for fifteen years in forest research and development projects in the field in Guyana and Bolivia.

He is member of the editorial board of the Journal Tropical Ecology, member of the editorial board of the Journal Forests, Trees and Livelihoods, chair of the Academy for Ecosystem services (civil society organizations and Utrecht University) and member of the board of the Prince Bernhard Chair for International Nature Conservation

Alex van Hooff

Alex van Hooff
Born and raised in Royal Burgers’ Zoo (in Arnhem, the Netherlands) Alex has been involved with animals and nature since childhood frequently. After his study economics in Rotterdam he worked in the banking world for some years. Since 1998 Alex works in the zoo and after the death of his father in 2004 he and his wife Bertine are in charge of Burgers’ Zoo.

Burgers’ Zoo is a family-run business founded in 1913 that attempts to focus on both continuity as change and renewal. Alex’ mission is to protect and to preserve (threatened) nature. Burgers’ Zoo shows animals in their natural environment in order to get people experience the amazing world of nature and consequently to inspire and to influence people’s conduct.

Burgers’ Zoo supports nature conservation in situ and tries to make a global contribution by means of the Lucie Burgers Foundation - the foundation that supports and encourages comparative behavioural research on animals - as well as through our nature conservation project of an area of 420 square kilometers in Belize and, finally, Future for Nature, the foundation that awards prizes annually to three young successful nature conservationists.


Fleur barones van Voorst tot Voorst-van Heek
Involved in nature as part of the conservation and development of private owned landproperties, she is aware of the multi-functional character of landscapes.
On one hand, balance has to been seeked between its Flora and Fauna and, on the other hand, its social-economic importance. The social-economic aspect has to provide the necessary means for the nature conservation, the improvement of the value of land and its economic sustainebility. The ultimate goal for her is to obtain the highest level of biodiversity in a particular landscape, to increase its the natural or cultural inherited beauty, to make that landscape more resilient, as well as preserving its social-economic function. A healthy soil is of the utmost importance and if necessary has to be improved by, preferably, natural ways. Fleur tries to keep the above principles in mind while governing.

She was member of the supervisory board of property Landgoed Den Treek, is chairwoman of property Landgoed Windesheim, and is member of the board of property Landgoed IJsselvliedt and Landgoed Deelerwoud.