Katrien Wijns studied Biology at the University of Ghent, Belgium with a focus on terrestrial ecology. Shortly after her studies she started working for the NGO Natuurpunt.
Natuurpunt is a voluntary organisation that protects and manages nature areas in Flanders (BE). With 130,000 members and thousands of active volunteers, it is the largest nature organisation in the country. It plays a leading role in setting up and managing international partnerships and projects and puts forward the central role of nature in a sustainable and carbon neutral society.
Katrien put Natuurpunt in a leading role in setting up and managing international partnerships and projects particularly as part of Interreg programmes. The projects typically put forward the central role of nature in a sustainable and carbon neutral society. At the moment Within Natuurpunt, Katrien notably in charge of coordinating the Interreg North-West Europe project Care-Peat which focuses on peatland restoration. She explains here the relevance of restoring peatlands as a way to reduce CO2 emissions and presents the impact that Care-Peat has already achieved.