WorldLife

Our vision: a Healthy Thriving Planet

Our Promise: Biodiversity Regeneration and Climate Change Solutions

WorldLife was founded in 2003 to regenerate our planet in areas most impacted by climate change and human behaviour. We are registered in the Netherlands specializing in regenerative solutions that focus on biodiversity, food security, reforestation and afforestation, and planetary health. We have a proven track record of facilitating indigenous nature regeneration projects all over the world. 

Our first indigenous reforestation project was carried out in a desert in East Africa, from 2008 to 2015. Through this project we have been able to regenerate with local stakeholders extremely dry areas, without irrigation by means of revolutionary tools.

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WORLDLIFE SERVICES

We provide regenerative solutions for areas most dramatically affected by Climate Change through our unique tools and systemic approaches. We initiate, organize, and facilitate indigenous nature regeneration projects with key stakeholders and partners all over the world.  

We support governments, sectors, organizations, and local communities in achieving their short- and long term sustainability goals through the following customised services:

  1. Recovery of Ecosystems, Biodiversity, Protection and Conservation.
  2. Large scale Afforestation and Reforestation.
  3. Architecture & Design input for Regenerative Economic Growth.
  4. Regenerative Actions for the implementation of Government Sustainability Policies.
  5. Multi-sector and multi-stakeholder partnership development. 
  6. Social Engagement for Regenerative and Climate Change Policies.
  7. SDG implementations and data measurement systems for transition management. 
  8. Research & Publication.

PLANETARY HEALTH

Our goal is to regenerate our planetary ecosystems through indigenous reforestation and afforestation projects in extremely dry areas. The regeneration of indigenous and endemic nature ensures improvement conditions for life to thrive for all species, including humans.
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GOVERNANCE

WordLife has a strong good governance commitment, knowing this is essential for successfully realizing large scale nature restoration projects. WorldLife is a non-profit Foundation registered in the Netherlands, which consists of a Supervisory Board, Board of Directors, an operational Leadership Team appointed by the Board of Directors, and non-binding Advisory Board. All members of the organization have a well-known track record in the management of international companies, are intrinsically motivated, ethically driven and experienced in multidisciplinary environments. 

WorldLife expands its operations to new countries via its multi-stakeholder partnership model. This partnership model consists of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with local partners for the implementation of WorldLife projects in those countries, aligned with the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), and in particular SDG 17.

Partners in each project country are selected on the basis of contribution to the realization and implementation of the WorldLife objectives of indigenous nature regeneration tailored to local, national and/or bioregional needs. 

Our Good Governance structure guides and creates efficient communication, partner networks and effective management. It creates a sustainable infrastructure for achieving our goals of planting billions of indigenous and endemic trees and regenerating millions of hectares.

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OUR STORY

Margrethe van Heeswijk, Founder of WorldLife Foundation, has an strong internal drive to restore indigenous nature globally. After her successful career in international FMCG listed companies in London and Amsterdam, Margrethe started a native reforestation project in a desert in Kenya. Margrethe’s passion for nature made her decide to use her skills and experience in advantage of the environment.

In 2009, start of WorldLife Foundation, she decided to fully commit herself to her research on the main causes of climate change. During her research she found the unique tool, the Waterboxx. The tool for afforestation and reforestation without irrigation. The proven test cases in deserts around the world showed how successful this tool is and made her decided to use it for her reforestation projects.

After one year of research, she decided to start the indigenous reforestation project. Margrethe went to East Africa and started her reforestation in the desert in Kenya. The project successfully resulted in nature restoration and food security. While in Kenya Margrethe made it also possible to bring Climate Change as a top item to the political agenda of the Kenyan Government.

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core team

CORE TEAM FOUNDATION

Margrethe van Heeswijk and Dr Anneloes Smitsman (PhD, LLM)

SUPERVISORY BOARD

Lawrence Bloom, Dora Horjus, and Kees van der Vleuten

ADVISORY BOARD

Pieter Hoff
Jenny Elissen

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