Marten Schoonman


Marten enjoys the application of knowledge in practice, bringing clarity in complex matters and creation of realistic steps to achieve ambitions. He is a process facilitator with extensive project management experience. He enjoys working in a multi disciplinary environment and building bridges. 

Marten is passionate about the application of data and technology to enable caring for nature. He has experience with data and information processes, standardisation and visualisation. And how these can lead to user-friendly applications, communication products and insights for decision making in policy and society.

Marten is a bioprocess engineer, learning about the wonders of biodiversity every day. He has worked in industry and in the development aid sector including a social enterprise. He is beekeeper and co-founded the BEEP foundation which builds open source tools to help beekeepers in taking care of honey bee colonies.


Biodiversity, Pollinators, Pollinator ecology, Collaboration, Theory of change, Technology, Data, Tools, Planning and strategy

Marten Schoonman

Senior Policy Officer
NL Biodiversity and Society


A selection of projects Marten is working on

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Biodiversity Opportunity Map Green Nets

In this project, Naturalis Biodiversity Center is working with Green Nets on the mapping of opportunities to strengthen biodiversity. Green Nets has a unique position and the potential to form a national natural infrastructure, in order to contribute to…
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Green Circles

New way of working together with companies and local governments combined in one big network. Working together to achieve a circulair and sustainable economy.
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National Bee Strategy

As Naturalis Biodiversity Center we are an advising partner of the Dutch National Pollinator Initiative which brings together all of the bee supporting initiatives. For more information see: National Bee Strategy.
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Flowering Arches

Bee-friendly planting. The 'Flowering Arches', or 'Bloeibogen in Dutch, application provides insight into the common bee species and their food availability in a selected area in The Netherlands and provides specific plant advice. The tool uses…
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