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Independent experts nominated by country party

Wouter Theodoor De Groot

First name
Wouter Theodoor
Last name
De Groot
Nominating Country
Date of Nomination
Discipline of Expertise
Other Disciplines
and Sociology
Natural Resource Management
Agricultural Sciences
UN languages spoken


Geographical Focus
South Africa
Job function
Programme Environment and Development
Telephone number
31 7 15277487 / 82
Work experience
Institutional elements_x000D_
Responsible for working relationship between Leiden University and CEDC in North Cameroon. CEDC is a permanent partnership institution of Leiden and Universite de Dschang._x000D_
2003-2005 Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs will fund a position of junior expert at CML focusing on UNCCD and synergy with CBD. Junior expert will focus on developing contacts with institutions working in drylands such as the Free University, University of Amsterdam. _x000D_
CML also houses national focal point for indigenous peoples in the CBD and has close ties with IUCN._x000D_
Personal Elements_x000D_
Knowledge of dryland countries and dryland problems. 10 years field work in Cameroon. 3 years in Kenya. Also expereince in Benin, Namibia, South Africa and Burkina Faso. _x000D_
Empirical research themes: land use and land use theory, soil degradation, social drivers of land use change, modeling of these social drivers of land use change._x000D_
Desk research themes: co-management of natural resources, development of onterdisciplinary methods for the analysis, explanantion and solution of environmental problems, synergy of CCD and CBD._x000D_
Expertise in inter-university cooperation with dryland DAC countries.
Highest Academic achievement and qualification
PhD 1992 Leiden University. Faculty of Social Sciences_x000D_
M.Sc. 1974 University of Delft. Civil Engineering
Number of Publications
Publication titles
1. Zanen, S.M. and W.T. de Groot. " Enhancing Participation of Local People: Some Basic Principles and a Burkina Faso Example." landscape and Urban Planning 20 (1,2,3).pp. 151-158._x000D_
2. De Groot, W.T., J.C.J. van Wetten and C.A. Drijver (1995). "Drawing the Boundary: An explorative model of the defense of local management commons." In: J.P.M. van den Breemer, C.A. Drijver and L.B. Venema (eds.) Local Resource Management in Africa. John Wiley Publishers, London pp. 211-227._x000D_
3. Noorduyn, R.E. and W.T. de Groot (2001) Synergy of CCD and CBD. report for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Netherlands. Centre of Environmental Science, Leiden University._x000D_
4. De Groot, W.T. (2002). "Two Paradigms for Drylands Research". In M. Ali, P.E. Loth, H. Bauer and H.H. de Longh (eds.) Management of Fragile Ecosystems in North Cameroon. Centre de l'Environment et Developpement, Maroua, pp.312-319.
Other activities
Co-founder and board member of scientific journal, consultancy bureau, textbook, etc._x000D_
Consultancies in economic valuation, pollution prevention, grassland regeneration, wetland management, environmental profiles.
Special professorship "Interdisciplinary methodology" and "Ecology and Industry" at the Free University, Brussels.
Organisation name
Leiden University
Organisation street address
P.O. Box 9518_x000D_
2300 RA
Organisation city
Organisation country