Internship opportunities in Spanish Forested Mountain Landscapes

by | Feb 15, 2018 | Conservation, Ecological Restoration, Reintroduction, Research, Species Restoration | 0 comments

The Van Hall Larenstein University of Applied Sciences Professorship Management of Forested Landscapes in collaboration with True Nature Foundation would like to announce that several opportunities for internships and thesis are open in the Anciles Valley Wildlife Reserve in Spain.

The programmes Forestry and Nature Management, International Development Management and the Wildlife Management minor of Animal Management are participating in this initiative! If you want to join us in Anciles Valley, then contact us.

After 15,000 years, European bison and other megafauna return to long-lost habitat in the Cantabrian mountains, Northern Spain. These new herbivore species assemblages provide unique research opportunities. Goal of the project is ecological restoration and sustainable management of the forest landscape. Ancilles Valley Reserve is being developed into an important model project for ecological and rural development. Landscape and ecological values are protected and restored, the area’s natural resilience to climate change will be improved whilst encouraging the use of the reserve as a resource for wildlife-based ecotourism and delivering a range of ecological services.

The project focuses on a natural grazing management approach that will restore vegetation in Ancilles Valley to its original state. The use of large herbivores in nature and grazing management has become a common practice in recent years. Through their grazing, trampling, nutrient redistribution and migration patterns, large grazers help to restore the indigenous plant diversity in natural areas. By creating more open spaces in dense vegetation, more succession stages and thus more variation in the landscape and new habitats will be created.

Developing sustainable income streams for protected areas and surrounding communities is one of the major challenges facing biodiversity conservation globally. At the same time, rural areas become abandoned as young people migrate to cities for better perspectives.

The project restores ecosystems, while creating economic opportunities and employment through ecotourism and ecosystem services. Ecotourism gives added economic value to Ancilles Valley Reserve, generates direct and indirect income for local communities and promotes the sustainable use of natural resources.

Contact persons

Jos Wintermans
Forestry and Nature Management

Arjen Strijkstra
Minor Wildlife Management

Arno de Snoo
International Development Management

Eurídice Leyequien
Professorship Management of Forested Landscapes

Arend de Haas
Executive Board Member/Ecologist, TNF





True Nature Foundation’s mission is to combine ecological restoration and conservation to create thriving environments for sustainable development and resilient communities. Our success depends on the active involvement of communities whose lives and livelihoods are linked to the natural ecosystems we seek to sustainably protect.



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