Categories Croatia, Europe and Russia, National focal points, National focal points in Europe, People

Iris Benes

Collaborator for East and Central Europe

Based in Croatia. A professional background in law, along with interests in human rights and nature conservation, have led Iris to her current engagement in civil society projects and initiatives, where she is keen to find practical solutions for problems, exchange knowledge, and advocate for grassroots initiatives. Iris is active in biodiversity and landscape conservation (especially floodplains), traditional architecture, endogenous breeds and species, natural and cultural heritage, conservation law and policies, and conservation advocacy. Having volunteered on these issues since 1989, and having engaged professionally with those in the last decade, Iris came in touch with the ICCA Consortium because of her passion to maintain the land of her grandparents (extensive communal pasture rich in biodiversity), now preserved in all its beauty by the local community. A member of national councils and working groups in sustainable agriculture/nature protection, Iris also works as an office manager for BED, a grassroots NGO in Croatia (ICCA Consortium Member).