Dirk ten Brink

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Program Manager, Landscape Mobilisation

Global Office

I joined Wetlands International in April 2022 as Program Manager Landscape Mobilisation. In my role, I aim to develop and strengthen the capacity of the organisation with regard to large-scale, long-term recovery of wetland landscapes.

The restoration of healthy, functioning wetlands is increasingly seen as essential for the achievement of a range of global development and climate goals, including several Sustainable Development Goals, the Paris Agreement on climate change, the aims of the Convention on Biological Diversity and aspirations for land degradation neutrality.

Prior to joining Wetlands International, I worked at the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) in Amsterdam, which is the global standard setter for sustainability reporting. Before that, I lived and worked in Peru for 10 years until early 2020, large part of which I worked for the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) at the US Embassy in Lima where I managed projects and programs on biodiversity conservation, climate adaptation and water security in the Peruvian Andes and Amazon rainforest as well is in the broader Amazon region in Brazil and Colombia. I have an MSc in Biology (Ecology) from Wageningen University, the Netherlands and a PhD in Plant Ecology from Lund University, Sweden.