Waarom een Regenboog? Omdat wij ‘kleuren’ of te wel benaderingen en culturen bij elkaar brengen. Dus als je in natuur investeert, wat levert dat dan op voor de natuur zelf, maar ook voor de mensen (mooier wonen, rust, dan wel recreatie) en ook nog geld ivm bijvoorbeeld toerisme, of boeren op minder natte grond vanwege en ruil met de natuurorganisatie. We geven ook trainingen rond interculturele communicatie.
TOWARDS A MULTIDISCIPLINARY AND INTEGRATED APPROACH
The focus and drive of our work is to bring together different approaches i.e. the economic, the social and the environmental approach, for instance in our assessments of countries, regions and territories. The goal is always to improve policies and plans, making them more integrated and sustainable. Helena Imminga-Berends has several and different university degrees and an international background.
APPLIED TO COUNTRIES, REGIONS AND TERRITORIES
See for instance the detailed reports on 25 OCTS (overseas countries and territories linked to the EU) in English and French. In the Netherlands (sometimes also at the request of the EU) we did studies in the regions Achterhoek and Kempen, Veluwe, Betuwe and the Hunze vallei . In Brazil we did an analsyis of the Taquari region (part of the Pantanal) and in Belgium (Flanders) of the Uitkerkse polder . We developed a course on how to work together in a region, see also a short video (in Dutch) about our regional work.
WE ALSO AIM AT IMPROVING INTERCULTURAL COMMUNICATION
In the same spirit we bring together different cultures by training in intercultural communication. We do this in the Netherlands and abroad, in four languages. Helena Imminga-Berends trained young people, managers and women . She gave courses in sustainable development in French and Dutch for the BTC (Belgian Technical cooperation, now Enabel) and has a lot of experience in International cooperation. In that framework Helena also developed e- learning modules at the Université de Liège.
AND DOES IT WORK BRINGING SCIENTISTS AND CIVIL SOCIETY TOGETHER? Another example of how one can bring together different disciplines, scientists from different countries and have them interact with (and learn) from ‘normal citizens’, see the evaluation that Helena Imminga-Berends did of four EU funded research projects that worked with social platforms.
NEWS: We keep track of developments in the 25 Overseas Countries and Territories linked to the European Union as a follow- up of our reports for the EU.
4. In particular we are closely following events on Sint Maarten (one of the 6 OCTs linked to the Kingdom of the Netherlands). The island was terribly hit by Hurricane Irma is September 2017. The relationship with the Netherlands has since then come under increased (political en financial) pressure.
The Dutch government offered 550 million Euros for reconstruction of infrastructures and has asked the World Bank to be involved in the National Recovery and Resilience Plan (NRRP). But because the Dutch Goverment imposed a number of conditions, the prime minister of Sint Maarten (William Marlin) resigned. The European Union is offering aid to both parts of the island: to Sint Maarten and to Saint Martin (a French Collectivite, where reconstruction works are led by France). Follow the news on our Sint Maarten page.
But also on Sint Eustatius (not an independent country in the Kingdom of the Netherlands like Sint Maarten but a Dutch ‘special municipality’) the relationship with the Netherlands has turned a bit sour. See report on Sint Eustatius .
NOTE: it is not generally known what the former 6 Dutch Antilles changed status after 11.11.2011. Three islands became independent countries: Aruba, Curacao and Sint Maarten. The three other islands (Bonaire, Sint Eustatius and Saba) voted to become ‘special municipalities’ of the Netherlands (i.e. closer to the Netherlands).
LEARNING BY PLAYING TOGETHER
Our approach to learning is also ‘multicouloured’. Helena has lectured at a Dutch university, at a Portuguese higher institute for public servants, she trained young Belgians who were leaving to work in developing countries, she wrote and gave many speeches, wrote articles and reports, did action research, used role play and e-learning. She went to school and has degrees from 5 different countries (Brazil, USA, Portugal, Holland, Belgium) and has become is a great believer in how there are many different ways of learning! She recently developed a budget game, so people can become more aware of how they spend money and how they value things and events. In DUTCH: we blijven werken met ons BUDGETSPEL in buurthuizen en elders, zie paginas over het spel, onze workshops, TV reportage en demonstraties.
WE DOEN NOG MEER:
– Wij laten zien dat investeren in natuur nodig en nuttig is. Voor natuur-organisaties, bestuurders, NGOs, etc. Meer…
– Hoe innoveer ik bijvoorbeeld mijn camping die vlakbij of in mooie natuur ligt? Meer…
– Hoe betrek ik bewoners bij natuur in de stad? Bijvoorbeeld door een tuinenwedstrijd! Meer..
WIE ZIJN WIJ- ABOUT US
De mensen die mee werken/ werkten met Regenboog Advies hebben verschillende (academische) opleidingen zodat we diverse benaderingen of ‘kleuren’ bij elkaar kunnen brengen: Marco de Jong, Marian Stegink, Hans van den Heuij, Marianne van Mansom, Boudy van Schagen, Peter Wijsman. De laatste tijd werkt Helena veel met Luiza Figueira, oa bij het Budgetspel. Meer…
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