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Weaving for a Thriving Planet

Ashoka Fellows are already making waves in the field of Planet & Climate, and with the right support, they can turn the tide. Weaving for a Thriving Planet (WFATP) is an Ashoka program led by Ashoka Netherlands, co-created with Ashoka Fellows and other partner organizations. In total, WFATP consists of 20 system-changing organizations who have joined forces to weave thriving communities that are taking concrete action to tackle climate change and biodiversity loss while creating regenerative economies. 

The aim of WFTAP is to transform 1 million hectares of land and sea in Europe before 2030 that mobilise local communities and international socio-environmental entrepreneurs to work and learn together in driving their own system change. 

This is achieved by establishing Bioregional Weaving Labs that facilitate multi-stakeholder partnership processes that engage and align key local innovators, policymakers, corporates, and citizens towards a shared purpose for their region. By bringing together international expertise & scientific data on effective interventions, WFTAP supports local communities in cultivating a holistic transformation process in their bioregion.

The success of the solutions is based on a shared vision that everyone is a changemaker; that all people and communities can be a driving force for good if they are inspired, motivated and provided with the right tools to be part of the change. 

The first group of co-creators have, up until today, formed 222 hub/groups across Europe, engaged 1.8 million households, 46.700 school kids, and mobilised 4.6 million individuals in some capacity.

Our Solutions

Bioregional Weaving Lab facilitation

  • Ashoka is facilitating a global network of social entrepreneurs whose system-changing innovations solve deep-rooted social problems and initiating partnerships for collective impact.

  • Commonland is working on large scale, holistic landscape restoration through the 4Returns framework and facilitating multi-stakeholder partnership processes.
  • Presencing Insitute is an action research platform, co-creators of innovation labs, delivering capacity building and leadership programs based on an awareness based system change framework, Theory U.
  • Savory Institute is equipping land managers with innovative tools and curricula for holistic management of the land via the establishment of regional hubs.
  • Bioregional is providing a framework and a process for sustainable living that enables companies, communities, and city-regions to make sustainable living actionable and desirable.

Nature and biodiversity conservation

  • Hoge Kempen National Park (Belgium) is providing a (Re)Connection model for natural ecosystems, increasing socio-economic benefits through eco-tourism while protecting the environment.
  • Sea Ranger Service (The Netherlands, UK, Norway) is training unemployed youth to become Sea Rangers to protect the ocean and restore ocean biodiversity at scale.
  • Kogayon Association & Vacaresti Natural Park (Romania) is cultivating a citizen-driven functional conservation system for natural heritage and environmentally protected areas to ensure natural prosperity and sustainable development.
  • Klub Gaja (Poland, Iceland, UK) is engaging citizens to take practical actions for the natural environment and animal rights, like planting trees with the community or with schools
  • Fundacja Laka (Poland) is facilitating the growth of biodiverse flower meadows in city centers, near roads, and on brownfields to preserve biodiversity.
  • Beeodiversity (Belgium, France, Luxembourg, France, Germany, UK, Bulgaria, Spain, Netherlands, Austria) is redefining the role of bees in our ecosystems through offering an innovative scientific monitoring tool using bees as drones to capture valuable data about the environment.

Food sovereignty and local food systems

  • Herenboeren (The Netherlands) is supporting families in developing self-owned nature-driven cooperative farms.
  • Incredible Edible (UK) is inspiring citizens to grow food in public spaces and share it across their communities to enhance active citizenship.
  • GIY (Ireland) is inspiring and enabling a global movement of people who grow their own food at home or in the community to reconnect with nature.

Holistic management and Regenerative Agriculture

  • Anatolian Grasslands (Turkey, Sweden) is enabling people and the institutions towards the "Age of Regeneration" by using Regenerative Agriculture as the main leverage and through holistic models, tools and hands-on implementation.
  • Savory Institute (UK, Germany, Spain, Turkey, Sweden) is equipping land managers with innovative tools and curricula for holistic management of the land via the establishment of regional hubs
  • Farming for Nature (Ireland) is recognising, supporting and rewarding farmers for enhancing the natural health of the countryside.
  • Vazapp (Italy) is providing farmers opportunity to exchange experiences, encourage cooperation and disseminate knowledge through organising cultural events.

Research and Impact measurement

  • Drawdown Europe is a Global Research program translating science into action by showing the potential of the most substantive climate solutions in a concrete region.
  • Beeodiversity (Belgium, France, Luxembourg, France, Germany, UK, Bulgaria, Spain, Netherlands, Austria) is redefining the role of bees in our ecosystem through offering an innovative scientific monitoring tool using bees as drones to capture valuable data about the environment

Are you interested in partnerning with us? Please Reach out to Noa Lodeizen, Director Ashoka Netherlands 

Meet the Collective Impact Lead