Speaker Ignace SCHOPS


Ignace Schops is a Belgian environmentalist, a biodiversity & landscaping & herpetology expert. He is the Director of the Belgian NGO Regionaal Landschap Kempen en Maasland (RLKM), President of EUROPARC federation, the largest network on natural heritage in Europe, full member of the EU chapter of Club of Rome, and council member of the largest nature conservation organization in Flanders, Natuurpunt.

Ignace Schops was awarded with the Goldman Environmental Prize in 2008, better known as the Green Nobel Prize for his contributions to the establishment of the Hoge Kempen National Park, the first National Park of Belgium. Since 2008 he is an ASHOKA fellow, a world leading social entrepreneur.

Due to his international work on biodiversity and social entrepreneurship he became an Honorary Doctor at the University of Hasselt in 2011. In 2013 he became part of the Climate Leadership Corps of Al Gore and was decorated by the Belgian King Filip as the “Commander of the Order of the Crown”.

Ignace Schops and his team designed the (Re)connction Model. This model (Re)connects society with the natural heritage and is used in several countries in the world.

Schops is often asked as keynote at international conferences related to the natural heritage, biodiversity, climate change and social entrepreneurship. author and co-author of several books and articles on herpetology, nature conservation, landscaping, social entrepreneurship, sustainable tourism, ect.

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