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About us

Ginkyo is the original name of the Ginkgo Biloba tree, but this got lost in translation. The Ginkgo tree outlived the dinosaurs. It is ancient and strong. After the atomic bomb was dropped on Hiroshima in 1945, six Ginkgo trees were among the few living things to survive. Despite being completely burned and charred, the Ginkgo’s started blossoming again in the springtime of 1946. And the six trees are nowadays still alive and thriving.
Ginkgo trees represent the resilience of nature, which can overcome even the greatest destruction of man.
That’s why we are called Ginkyo.

 

Vision

We envision an Earth that is in balance. A society where there is room for compassion and a respectful approach to what the earth provides us with. Where we as humans live in harmony with nature.

Mission

We are on a mission to green the planet, improve biodiversity, and fight poverty and social inequality. Regeneration is the solution. We restore depleted landscapes, rebalance disrupted ecosystems, restore soil health, and inspire and support farmers, their communities and others in the landscape to live within the Earth’s boundaries and build sustainable livelihoods.

Our 3 E's

Ginkyo’s 3 E’s stand for: Ecology, Economy and Equity. We are working on a regenerative agricultural system that works not against but with nature, which holds the promise of economic resilience and in which social equity is paramount. The 3 E’s are inextricably linked.

 

Ecology

Due to global climate change and conventional agricultural practices, natural ecosystems are being disrupted, nature is deteriorating and the rate of the loss of biodiversity is alarming. We therefore restore ecosystems, improve soil health and foster biodiversity.

Economy

Unsustainable land management is threatening the future of farmers. We promote economic resilience in farmer communities. We aim to improve farmers’ income position with sustainable regenerative agriculture business models and support them in their transition towards regenerative agriculture.

Equity

In many places there is great social inequality, where women have few rights and young people see no future as farmers, while they are crucial for the future of agriculture. We strive for social equity. Where there is equity, decisions are based on fairness, everyone gets opportunities and is treated with dignity, while, and this is crucial, taking individual differences into account.

Team

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Kristel Bottinga

Ginkyo's Founder & Director

She is passionate about doing good for the Earth. Holds a MA. in Discourse & Argumentation and a MSC. in Political Science. She is an experienced spokesperson, project leader and coordinator. Kristel is our Strategist, Campaigner, Communicator and Networker.

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Robin Smit

Ginkyo's Chair

Robin is Council member Party for the Animals in The Hague. Holds a
 MSc International Animal Welfare, Ethics and Law

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Annemarie van Bolhuis

Ginkyo's Secretary

Annemarie is an international consultant on Partnerships for humanitarian response and international development. Was a Director General and Partnerships Lead at Ministry of Foreign Affairs in the Netherlands. She holds a MSc Macroeconomics – development economics and macroeconomic modelling

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Merel Meesen

Ginkyo's Treasurer

Merel is program coordinator and marketeer at Starters4Communities. She is trained in non-violent communication and in mediation. She holds a MA in Political Science.

Partners

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United Designers

Expert team of eco-designers

This multi-disciplinary team includes: SiteResource evaluators and mappers, GIS modellers, ecosystem experts, regenerative production systems designers, on-site production strategists and holistic land managers. United Designers is a UN partner in the Decade on Restoration program.

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SuBeHuDe

Tanzanian Partner NGO

NGO from Tanzania focusing on regenerative agriculture, permaculture and beekeeping

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Multitude

Creative Partner

Creative Agency for Changemakers

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Regeneration International

Network partner

Join us

Do want to restore your farmland and transition to sustainable regenerative agriculture? Are you a brand looking to make an impact in your value chain? Are you ready for this revolution? Join us. We are a diverse team of experts and we are glad to be at your service. Feel free to send us an email.

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