Bart Fokkens is one of the founders of the European Centre for River Restoration, a Pan – European network of national river restoration centres and other members bound by their common mission to promote and enhance ecological river restoration throughout the greater European region. The ECRR was established in the mid-nineties. From 2005 to 2017, he was the chairman of the ECRR.
Bart worked for 40 years with the Ministry for Water Management in The Netherlands in different positions in the field of Land, Water and Wetland Management. Between 2002 and 2010, Bart was also president of the Dutch National Union of Provincial Nature Conservation Organisations, with about 500 conservation sites covering a total of ca. 100.000 ha, mainly wetlands, managed by 12 member organisations, each of them from one of the Dutch provinces.
In 2007, Bart was awarded with the Russian Medal “From Understanding to Unity” for having excelled in promoting ideals contributing to the environmental safety of the planet and health of its inhabitants, preventing international conflicts, strengthening international connections and drawing together diverse national cultures.
In 1999 he was awarded to Knight of the 5th degree in the Order of Oranje Nassau in the Netherlands. And since 2005 he is a Chamberlain of her Majesty the Queen of the Netherlands.
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