Victor Beumer is a landscape ecologist with over 10 years of experience in creating sustainable cities. He gained a PhD from Utrecht University (Netherlands) entitled 'Winter flooding in Dutch stream valley floodplains: biogeochemical effects and vegetation consequences'. He subsequently joined Deltares institute where he focussed on integrating ecological concepts into infrastructural designs. In 2018 he founded his own company focusing on making cities more resilient to climate change effects through the implementation of nature-based solutions. Victor is member of the EU Technological Platform Water Europe where is leads the cluster of Hybrid Grey and Green Infrastructures.
In May 2019 Victor teamed up with Earthwatch Europe providing senior research advice for their Climate-Proof Cities and Naturehood programmes. These programmes aim to promote and research the multiple benefits of various natural solutions in cities through citizen science. We strive to understand the functionalities of urban nature-based solutions and the trade-offs that occur between the supply of these benefits. The latest development of the programme is the introduction of the concept Tiny Forest into the UK. Tiny Forests are native fast-growing forests of the size of a tennis court that can be planted within urban areas for the engagement of citizens, school children or employees.