Ecologist Hemer wants more space for nature and for people in nature.
Besides installing large ruminants, Helmer wants to see the return of large predators like wolves and lynxes. Van Rooijen: ‘The link that Helmer makes between people, nature and economic opportunities is very important.’
Helmer is VHL’s second honorary professor. The first was ex-Minister of agriculture Gerrit Braks, appointed six years ago. ‘Braks’s policy laid the foundations for the Ecological main structure, and Helmer is filling it in’, says Van Rooijen. Helmer will be appointed during the Year opening on 8 September. He will give a presentation, and as honorary professor he will give guest lectures at VHL.