Thursday  /  17:15 - 18:45  

Room: Philips Hall

Completion Dutch Defragmentation Program (MJPO)


2018 is a very special year for the Netherlands: the MJPO (Multi-Annual Defragmentation Programme) will be completed. This nation-wide, region-oriented programme  in which the central government and provincial governments worked together to resolve 178 bottlenecks between the existing national transport infrastructure and the main ecological network. More than 500 wildlife measures have been constructed thanks to the close cooperation between the MJPO and its partners.

The IENE Conference 2018 is an excellent occasion to share the results of this programme with the rest of Europe and the world and to festively conclude the programme with the many parties and professionals  involved. The finale of this festivity will be on the Thursday evening of the conference.

During this event we will look back at the results and achievements of the programme with a short presentation of programme manager Adam Hofland and the premiere of a short movie about the MJPO. Prof dr. Louise Vet, director of the Netherlands Institute of Ecology (NIOO) and professor of Evolutionary Ecology at Wageningen University will be the keynote speaker. Prof. dr. Vet is also the chair of the national plan for biodiversity restoration. In her presentation she will promote a good marriage between economy and ecology and positively encourage the attendees to take action in their profession.

In the second part of the evening a symbolic start will be given to the Community of Practice ‘Ontsnippering’ (defragmentation). With the end of the MJPO the network of involved organizations and professionals will not be lost. 

The evening will be hosted by Lodewijk Hoekstra. Lodewijk Hoekstra is the Dutch best-known TV gardener, presenter, garden designer, entrepreneur and especially promotor of a sustainable world in which people and nature are in balance.

Read more about this event in section ‘Special Sessions’ in the IENE2018 Program book.