Commonland CEO and founder, Willem Ferwerda, has received the Wubbo Ockels Brandaris Oeuvre Prize—an award for individuals who exhibit courage, perseverance, and imagination in their tireless dedication to building a sustainable society at the Springtij Forum.

The Springtij Forum is a cross-sector forum for innovators dedicated to working on sustainability issues. The Wubbo Ockels Brandaris Oeuvre Prize – named after Dutch physicist and astronaut Wubbo Ockels – is a celebration of an individual’s ceaseless efforts to contribute to the development of a sustainable society.

Willem Ferwerda’s nomination for this award is a testament to his lifelong dedication as an ecologist. His journey has been characterized by a deep commitment to the preservation of nature worldwide. Over the past decade, he has collaborated with a vast network of like-minded practitioners to co-develop The 4 Returns Framework.

Willem’s work underscores a fundamental truth: the health of our planet is intimately entwined with the well-being of its inhabitants. Together with the dedicated practitioners within the 4 Returns network, Willem demonstrates that by investing in landscapes, we inherently invest in society. This investment paves the way for a brighter, more sustainable future that benefits all of humanity.

As Willem Ferwerda takes his place as a nominee for the Wubbo Ockels Brandaris Oeuvre Prize, we celebrate his contributions to the cause of sustainability. His journey serves as an inspiration to us all, urging us to continue this collective journey towards a world that is not only harmonious but also resilient—a world where nature thrives, and communities flourish.