The Dutch Forest and Nature reserve owners association (VBNE) was established in 2013. Currently the VBNE unites six groups of members: the Dutch Federation for Private Landownership (FPG), Staatsbosbeheer, Dutch Society for Nature Conservation (Natuurmonumenten), LandschappenNL, the Association of Municipal forest owners (NNG) and the Dutch Central Government Real Estate Agency (RvB). These six members represent 90% of the Dutch forests and 90% of the Dutch nature reserves. The VBNE employs a small staff of six people and merely functions as a network organization, i.e. it regularly calls on its members for employee assistance in specific areas of expertise. The VBNE’s central theme is to facilitate the continuous increase in professionalism of its members’ forest and nature management. VBNE’s activities aim at reaching:
- A higher level of efficiency; for example by combining expertise in developing joint management tools and by jointly addressing the national government when severe impediments in forest or nature management are experienced.
- More standardization; for example in finding and communicating ways to effectively deal with invasive species and by facilitating its members in drawing up collective conditions of employment for all employees in forest and nature management.
- A higher level of job related expertise; for example by organizing meetings in which members exchange knowledge and by stimulating management innovations through joint research activities.