Jan van der Ploeg



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Photo credit: © Henkjan Kievit


Since October 2020 Jan van der Ploeg has served as the Director of STINAPA Bonaire.

Over the past 20 years Jan has worked at the intersection of science and nature conservation in Africa, South-East Asia and the Pacific. After completing his studies at the Institute of Environmental Sciences at Leiden University in the Netherlands, he worked for 8 years in the Northern Sierra Madre Natural Park, the largest protected area of the Philippines. More recently, Jan worked in Solomon Islands, where he led the WorldFish research program on community-based fisheries management. Jan holds a PhD degree in environmental anthropology from Leiden University, and is a member of the IUCN-SSC Crocodile Specialist Group. He is an avid bird- and fish-watcher and lives with his wife and two daughters on Bonaire.

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