Mr. Wietse van der Werf is Executive Director of Sea Ranger Service.
On a mission to increase environmental protection by realising much needed enforcement in the world’s oceans and national parks, Wietse has founded a number of civilian enforcement services which mobilise regular citizens and crowdsource their skills and resources to release unique monitoring capacity from land, air and sea.
By making use of people’s private aircraft, yachts and holiday time, the approach helps to identify trends in wildlife crime quickly and enables those involved to collect the necessary evidence and support authorities in prosecuting wildlife criminals.
Wietse is currently involved in running six different organisations and initiatives that are active across 12 countries in Europe, Africa and North America. In recognition of his work, Wietse was awarded the Future for Nature Award in 2016. He lives in London and divides most of his time between The Netherlands, UK and the US.