Jurjen Molenaar

Jurjen Molenaar – Project leader

© Kerstin Sauer
© Kerstin Sauer

If you thought that, when it comes to matters environmental, the Dutch are principally concerned with the sea and coastal protection, you would be wrong about Jurjen Molenaar. This qualified forester from the province of Gelderland not only knows all there is to know about forests, but river ecosystems too – and he’s also passionate about mountaineering. Together with Theresa Schiller and Elfrun Lindenthal, he looks after flowing water projects at EuroNatur.

He chose to specialise in river development very early in his studies of forestry and nature management. For his bachelor thesis, he spent a year in Norway investigating the impact of barrages on fjord landscapes. So he brings considerable expertise to his work at EuroNatur, where his main focus is overseeing the Anti Hydropower platform. This initiative is battling against the uncontrolled development of hydroelectric power stations across the whole of the Mediterranean region. Jurjen is also responsible for the #ProtectWater campaign in which numerous conservation organisations are fighting to prevent the EU Water Framework Directive being watered down.

An enthusiast about rivers who spends much of his time in nature, Jurjen says: “I love to watch time and time again how a river moulds the landscape. We need to make sure this can still happen in the future, so EuroNatur’s campaigns to protect Europe’s river landscapes are close to my heart.”

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