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Climate protests

As our planet is facing a major challenge through climate change, Belgians also went to the streets. This series is a selection of the different protests that are taking place. The diversity of participants is striking. Not only plenty of organisations participate, but also families and individuals that normally never participate in manifestations are increasingly present. (full documentary)

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FARC re-integration through tourism

As part of a guerilla army, members of FARC have spent their lives in a state of war. UNDP is one of the organizations trying to support the re-integration of these people into Colombian society. A new tourism project wants to attract tourists to former FARC regions like the Meta region with its impressive nature. The purpose is to have FARC members guide tourists, take care of the basic hotel, restaurant and other activities. The mission of this project is to have all participants of the re-integration program self-sustained in income and food supply by end 2018. An ambitious goal which not all participants will reach, however still worth to strive for. (full documentary)

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Undervalued city-green

Undervalued city-green is a series about the plants and herbs that are typically removed or avoided. Starting to look at those plants the viewer increasingly opens his eyes and appreciation for the small plots of nature in the city. As sparks of positive energy they can be found in every single city. These photographs serve to trigger this appreciation about the less obvious green around you. (full documentary)

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Cargo bike migration

Both in Europa and Latin-America cargo bikes play their role in reducing polution in cities, but in Bogota it has another very important role: inclusion of migrants. Migrants that had to flee their hometown within Colombia or Venezuala due to violence or other issues, find their first job distributing vegetables, bread and many other products in Bogota. With this project I want to raise the question if similar solutions could facilitate the integration of migrants in Europe. The project combines fighting air pollution and social inclusion in a simultaneous way. (full documentary)

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Granada – Territory of hope

Traveling through the Colombian countryside to discover the “Somos Rurales”-project of the United Nations Development Program. Joselito and his local team work day in day out to further include disabled people in farming activities in a region highly impacted by the armed conflict. Granada is a small city that has lived the most horrible scenes of the Colombian conflict and is still in the process of crawling back up. (full documentary)

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Colombian impact by export production – Bananas

While spending some time in Uraba, Colombia’s main banana zone I discovered the true complexity of this multinational fruit export business. The impact through growing business and employment still goes under a shadow of death treats to activists, cocaine and paramilitary activity. (full documentary)

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The value of small scale farming – Coffee

The next Colombian president Duque does not value small scale farming and wants to push multinational export activities. In this series of photographs I visited a well functioning local cooperative that creates local value and income through high-quality coffee. (full documentary)

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Social controversy in Colombia – Palm oil

Colombian workers on the palm oil plantations in Los Llanos work hard to protect their social rights. When the complete village works for one company it is hard to defend personal rights in case of accidents, health issues and minimum wages. (full documentary)

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Pineapple dream

Lining up with the local agriculture students, we entered one of the many pineapple plantations in Apartado. Under a blistering heat we learn and join the workers. Not an inch of shadow to be found. No birds or insects. The students dream of earning money for themselves, by working in one of the plantations of the fruit multinationals. First on the field, than in the factory and finally in the offices. Since the region does not offer a lot of diversity in jobs, working on a plantation is one of the few options. (full documentary)

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Sailing to turn the tide on plastic

Remark: All photography rights remain with Volvo Ocean Race and with the respective racing teams and their sponsors.

Sailing means the world to me. At the end of June 2018 the Volvo Ocean Race arrived in The Hague after 9 months of racing around the world. A race for the honour of arriving first, but equally creating awareness of the plastic oceans we are still creating day by day. Every racing boat shows multiple stickers with #CleanSeas and #TurnTheTideOnPlastic. (full documentary)

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Paralysation triggers better mobility – Bogota

Globally the number of cities paralysed by cars and terrorised by air pollution is increasing. To that extent our former home Bogota is no different. But the transition is heart warming: Cyclovia on Sunday morning, cargo bikes all over the city, pedestrians taking back some of the space… Paralysation triggers better mobility. (full documentary)

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Handling change through cooperations – Cacao

Not all cacao comes from Africa. Colombia’s cooperations are producing high-quality cacao all year round, providing income for Tolima’s farmers. In the past years these people faced direct impact of local climate change, paramilitary terrorism and FARC violence. (full documentary)

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