Ignace Schops is a Belgian environmentalist. He is the Director of the Belgian NGO Regionaal Landschap Kempen en Maasland (RLKM), President of EUROPARC federation - the largest network on natural heritage in Europe - full member of the EU chapter of the Club of Rome and full member of the Rewilding Europe Circle
Ignace Schops was awarded with the Goldman Environmental Prize in 2008, better known as the Green Nobel Prize. Since 2008 he was selected as ASHOKA fellow, a world leading social entrepreneur.
Due to his international work on biodiversity and social entrepreneurship he became an Honorary Doctor at the Hasselt University in 2011. In 2013 he became a member of the Climate Leadership Corps of Al Gore and later that year he was decorated as the “Commander of the Order of the Crown” by the Belgian King Filip.
Ignace Schops and his team designed the (Re)connection Model. This model (Re)connects society with the natural heritage and is used in several countries in the world. Schops is often asked as expert and keynote speaker at international conferences related to the natural heritage, biodiversity, climate change and social entrepreneurship, ….