In 2022, some camps are organising camp experiences for you to participate in. We are hopeful that they will be able to go ahead. Camps will follow the local conditions closely, and may have to cancel activities if the local COVID-19 situation forces them to do so. If you have already signed up for a camp-activity you will be informed when this happens. We will update the website also, when such decisions are taken. Please check your own local authority travel advisory to see if you can travel to or return from the camp after the activity. At all times, when at camps, please observe it’s COVID-19 policy (such as wearing masks, social distancing, washing hands, etc). 


We believe that all beings are equal and endowed with certain inalienable rights. We voluntarily, joyfully and with peaceful intent wish to restore basic ecological function so that all people and other living things can live together in harmony. We choose to work together to restore the fundamental ecological integrity of the Earth and to train large numbers of people to do this so that methods learned can be adopted throughout the world.


We envision a fully-functional, peaceful, abundant, biologically diverse Earth brought about through cooperative efforts for the ecological restoration of degraded lands.


To work together to restore ecological functionality, to build Research, Training and Innovation Centers for Ecological Restoration, to engage people in inquiry into ecological restoration, and train people in how to restore degraded lands in perpetuity.

Our objectives are:

  1. To train people in techniques for restoring land and provide practical opportunities for people to practice new approaches to landscape restoration.
  2. To build research, training and innovation centers to engage people in ecosystem restoration.
  3. To manage a flow of volunteers of all ages to restore agricultural and natural ecosystems.
  4. To increase the organic matter, carbon content and water retention capacity of the soil to stimulate large scale carbon sequestration.
  5. To improve the livelihoods of farmers, landowners and local communities around the camps.


The camps community is supported by two non-profit institutions: Stichting Ecosystem Restoration Foundation in the Netherlands (the lead foundation in support of the global movement) and ERC USA. Ecosystem Restoration Camps Foundation is a non-profit foundation supported by thousands of donors from over 30 countries around the world, and we continue to grow. In 2017 we supported the establishment of Camp Altiplano, the first Ecosystem Restoration Camp in the world.  Now we support camps on every continent. Our aim is to have hundreds of camps in the movement by the end of 2030.

Our structure enables us to have the work of the foundation done by an executive Board of Directors and a team of dedicated professionals. The Directors and team are overseen by a  Supervisory Board and are supported by a strategic Advisory Council. 

The foundations support the movement with:

  • Fundraising for joint projects
  • Sharing stories from the communities around the world with a global audience
  • Facilitating the exchange of knowledge
  • Developing educational resources and supporting M&E of restoration activities
  • Facilitating the participation of volunteers in the movement. 
  • Maintaining partnerships with other global organisations

Read the organisation articles of the global foundation in English or in Dutch, or read more about our Policy Plan and Privacy StatementFor more information on ERC USA, please go hereIf you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us.


Pieter van der Gaag


Jan Hein van der Hoeven



  • Are appointed by and are accountable to the Supervisory Board.
  • Act as a daily representative to the Foundation and are being paid for their time if that time is substantial.
  • Adopt, prepare, and execute the Foundation’s policy, within the frameworks as decided by the Supervisory Board.
  • Manage the budget of the Foundation and produce its annual reports.
  • Lead the team. 


Erin Beasley
Director – USA
  • Selected by and accountable to the US Board of Directors.
  • Act as a daily representative of Ecosystem Restoration Camps in the United States.
  • Lead development and implementation of US fundraising, strategy and grantmaking with partners and the global Ecosystem Restoration Camps movement.
  • Manage the budget of the US operations and produce annual reports.


Ashleigh Brown

Education Coordinator

Fae Rinaldo
Camp Coordinator
Cristina Pianca
Camp Coordinator
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Inge Kerkhof
Camp Coordinator
Mick dos Santos
Impact Measurement Coordinator
Cath Ritchie


Melissa Croteau-Lacoste
Alejandra Garcia
Strategy & Digital Marketing
Liora Adler

Knowledge Exchange Platform

Andrew Langford

Knowledge Exchange Platform

Paul Browne
Public Relations (pro bono)


John D. Liu

Chair; Visiting Research Fellow Netherlands Institute of Ecology (NIOO), Ecosystem Ambassador – Commonland Foundation

Tim Harland

Publisher at Permaculture Magazine

Maddy Harland

Editor of Permaculture Magazine

Ben Falk

Founder of Whole Systems Design

May East

UNITAR Fellow and UN House Scotland Director of Cities Programme

Dr John Todd

Principle of John Todd Ecological Design

Patrick Worms

Senior Science Policy and Communications Advisor at World Agro-Forestry Center (ICRAF)

Dietmar Roth

President of Alvelal Cooperative

Ronnie Cummins

Founder and Director of the Organic Consumers Association (OCA); Regeneration International

Andre Leu

International Director of Regeneration International

Albert Bates

The Farm Ecovillage Training Center

Charling Tao

Professor of Physics, CNRS at Centre National de la recherché scientifique

Warren Brush

Co-Founder of Quail Springs Permaculture

Michael Pillarksi
Michael “Skeeter” Pillarski

Founder of Friends of the Trees Society; Founder of Global Earth Repair Foundation

Daniel Wahl

Author of Designing Regenerative Cultures


Leo Van der Vlist
Director of Netherlands Institute for Indigenous People

Professor Li Rui

President of World Association for Soil and Water Conservation

Rob Wheeler

Main Representative to the United Nations, Global Ecovillage Network

Willem Ferwerda

CEO of Commonland Foundation

Bela Hatvany

Chairman of Mustardseed Trust

Brock Dolman

Co-Founder & Program Director of Occidental Arts and Ecology Center

Alan Watson Featherstone

Founder of Trees for Life

Liora Adler
Co-founder of Gaia University, and member of the GEN Council of Elders

Andrew Langford

Co-founder of Gaia University, and permaculture expert

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Amory Lovins
Cofounder of Rocky Mountain Institute
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Mark Cohen
Cofounder of Far Valley Farm Community Land Trust;
Founder of Belize Agroforestry Research Center
Misha Teasdale
Misha Teasdale
Founder of Greenpop
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Carl Pretorius

Managing Director of Just Trees

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Leo Horn

Head of the World Resources Institute, UK Office

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Mark Shepard

Forest Agriculture Enterprises and New Forest Farm

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Helmy Abouleish

CEO of SEKEM Initiative

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Li An Phoa

Founder of Drinkable Rivers


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Tom Duncan

CEO of Earthbanc; Co-Founder of Liquid Token; Research Fellow CRDC George Mason University (Earth Back to Eden Project)

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John Button

Permaculture Designer & Co-Founder of GreenGaiaProject

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Wouter van Eck

Designer & Co-Farmer of Food Forest Ketelbroek; Chair of Voedselbosbouw Foundation

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Sonne Copijn

Director of Bee Foundation

Joseph M. Sandri 
CEO: Thought Delivery Systems, Inc.; President: National Spectrum Management Assoc; Board member: Archangel Ancient Tree Archive 
Vandana Shiva
Founder of Research Foundation for Science, Technology & Ecology, the Navdanya movement, and the Bija Vidyapeeth international college. 

Walter Jehne
Co-Founder of Regenerate Earth and internationally recognised soil microbiologist and innovation strategist
Elaine Ingham
President, Soil Foodweb Inc;
President and Director, Soil Foodweb School
Martien Lankester 

Founder and CEO of Avalon Foundation; Founder foundation Soune Groun (Healthy Soil); Ambassador for IFOAM-Organics International

Chandrashekhar Biradar
Research Team Leader and Principal Scientist – Sustainable Agroecosystems ICARDA – A CGIAR Research Center (Global)


The Advisory Council gives strategic advice and guidance to the Supervisory Board and the General Assembly. John D. Liu is currently serving as director of the advisory board.


Francois Dekeuleneer
François De Keuleneer


Jane Nakhanu Wegesa Fraser



Paloma Caro

Loucky Spit


Rhamis Kent



Reem N Bsaiso


Nanno Kleiterp


  • Are responsible and accountable for all decisions of the Foundation.
  • Appoint a Board of Directors and oversee the day-to-day affairs of the Foundation.
  • Oversee the budget, financial planning, and reporting process.
  • Approve annual plans, financial statements, reports, and budgets.
  • Oversee strategy and help to minimize risks associated with the Foundation’s activities, regulation and compliance issues. 

Contact us:

Stichting Ecosystem Restoration Foundation /
Ecosystem Restoration Camps 2020

Joppelaan 77
7215 AD Joppe
The Netherlands

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