We are in a small motorboat on course for It Eilân in Friesland. The only way to reach our destination is by boat, as It Eilân is a real island. It's a short trip, which is just as well as the thunderclouds are piling up rather threateningly. I didn't know the sky could get so dark on a summer's day in Friesland.
Two weeks ago I wrote that nature conservation will have to look for a new balance, whatever the outcome of September's elections. The big organizations should swap their pursuit of as much land as they can get their hands on for a search for genuine collaboration. On the island I see that this is not just a theory: a new course is being set and there is a seismic shift going on. Private nature conservation, nature-friendly farming and organized nature conservation. They can be successfully combined: the proof is here.