Nicole Mathot has worked over 25 years in development cooperation for non governmental organisations such as Save the Children, CILC, Oxfam and ActionAid. In addition to her current work as a free lance consultant on land rights & gender she also works as a senior program officer for CNV Internationaal on inclusive economic development, gender justice and sustainable supply chains. Nicole has worked in Africa, Asia and Latin America and has a special interest in indigenous peoples' land rights. She has been in the Amazon in Ecuador herself where she has firsthand seen the negative impact of oil companies on the rainforest.
As an advisor to STNF she is a very valuable asset to the foundation. She has a lot of experience on how development organisations work and she is also well placed to advice STNF and CNBN on topics related to land rights, sustainable development and indigenous peoples.
Motivation Nicole Mathot, advisor at STNF
"In 2016 I visited Ecuador and the Galapagos with my family: my partner and our 14 years old son. A voyage that has made a big impression on me. Our trip was organized by Dorien Dijkstra from Green & Native and Javier Armijos was our local guide.
Although relatively small in size, Ecuador has a very rich and diverse cultural history and encompasses several climate zones all with their own ecosystem. It includes the Amazon rainforest, the Andes Mountains, Coastal region and the Galapagos Islands.
The Amazon is thought of as one of the most biologically diverse regions in the world and we wanted to share this experience with our son. During our stay in the Amazon we were all three impressed by its beauty and appalled by the advancing deforestation and pollution caused by logging and oil companies. After our return I decided to join STNF as a (volunteer) advisor and to support them in their purchase of land to form a strategic buffer zone against further encroachment of the Amazon rainforest and its inhabitants, the Huaorani people".