Agrimonera [Αγριμóνερα] - the name

Αγριμóνερα is greek and means “wild waters”.

It is the name of the place where I currently live. It dates back to a time when the torrential rivers from the mountain nearby carried lots of water which is not the case anymore.

Preventing biodiversity and forest loss around the globe is pivotal in the urgently required transition to sustainable development.

Let us join forces to foster this transition while ensuring that local communities living in affected areas and forests that we need to maintain also substantially benefit.

The Founder

Dr. Elisabeth Hoch - Senior advisor on forests, biodiversity, local development and international cooperation.

Elisabeth has over 15 years of work experience in Europe, Brazil, Bolivia, Peru, Ecuador, Mexico, China, Mozambique, and Australia as researcher for the Faculty of Environment and Natural Resources of Albert-Ludwigs-Universität Freiburg University, as project coordinator and senior advisor for the Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH, the German development bank KfW as well as Climate & Company.

She offers advisory and consultancy services in international and development cooperation, triangular cooperation, academic cooperation, deforestation-free supply chains, biodiversity, agro-forestry, bioeconomy, forest and landscape restoration, forest governance, and community & smallholder forestry.

During her PhD in Forestry, she addressed the question whether it is beneficial (or not) for smallholders to plant trees in the Amazon.

The methodological focus of her work is to foster impactful collaborative action in networks with partner organizations from academia, policy, governmental, and non-governmental organizations from all over the world. She embraces pragmatism to implement visionary ideas for a sustainable future.

Agrimonera is based in Listaros, Crete, Greece, where Elisabeth lives with her husband, and three kids. She speaks German, Portuguese, Spanish, English, French, and likes to believe her Greek is slowly improving. She enjoys swimming, working in the quintal (tree-garden), and an occasional quiet coffee-break.