Martina Hoft

A passionate conservation biologist, Martina has long been fascinated by the intricate natural processes that maintain the life cycles on earth. She did her doctorate on plant ecology in an African low-land rainforest.

From this evolved an interest on the effect of elephants on forest regeneration in Kenya. She later worked independently for the Kenya Wildlife Service and the IUCN Species specialist group in Nairobi and has expertise in the development of participatory management structures in various areas. For four years she has helped tutoring students in Ethnobotany and has extensive knowledge on how people use plants. Martina has lived and worked in Germany, India, France, Kenya and Papua New Guinea and is currently based in Montreal, Canada, where until recently she co-managed a local food cooperative. In 2015 she founded "Reedworks International", a federally incorporated non-for profit organization to raise awareness about the value of wetlands and to provide expertise on constructed artificial wetlands to link wetland conservation and restoration with human well being and health.

As a long-standing adept of Hatha yoga and Buddhist teachings, she embraced the native North-American culture and was welcomed into the Longhouse Up the Hill on Mohawk territory. Here she learned about the traditional Iroquois political system as well as their respect for the great powers inherent to nature. And while awareness, contemplation and deciding on the right action are the starting point for a meaningful life everywhere on earth, it takes political will and the power of decision making to create positive incentives for the protection of nature and to eliminate the perverse incentives that currently destroy our planet. A commitment to change has brought her to the Foundation for the Contemplation of Nature.

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