Obituary of Joke Kersten

Joke Kersten

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It was with great sadness that EUROPARC learned of the death of Joke Kersten from the Netherlands. Joke lived a life of service, politically as a government minister and laterally as a mayor, but served too, the national parks community in the Netherlands as president of Meinweg National Park and the National Parks Association.

She brought her wisdom, humour and good grace to all her work which was more than apparent in her enthusiastic participation in EUROPARC activities, serving as the president of the then newly founded Low Countries Section.

She will be sorely missed by all in EUROPARC, but her legacy and commitment to the Dutch protected Areas and to their connection in Europe, will continue through all who she inspired.

She will be laid to rest tomorrow in her beloved Limburg, at the all too young age of 76. If you wish to send you condolences and memories please do so through the email

EUROPARC send our deepest condolences to her family and all colleagues.