Jonas Schriefer

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Policy Assistant, Nature Restoration and Soil Health

I am currently supporting Wetlands International Europe as Assistant for Nature Restoration and Soil Health Policies.

Currently, I’m also studying the Master’s programme ‘Geography: Global Change and Sustainability’ at the University of Vienna, specialising in geoecology.

Despite my background in political science, I was able to choose the specialization in geoecology, with the requirement to catch up on some bachelor courses. With this internship at Wetlands International, now I can combine the experiences of both my bachelor’s and master’s degrees.

The institute’s research focuses on wetlands, especially peatlands, so I have quickly become hooked by this topic. The more I have learned about them, the more enthusiastic I have become about these landscapes, which at first glance may seem inhospitable.

To experience them firsthand, I moved to Finland for an Erasmus semester. It is not without reason that the Finns call their country “Suomi” (“sou” means swamp in Finnish), with its many wetlands, including lakes.

In my free time, I enjoy outdoor activities, especially going on biking or hiking trips over a few days. For me, this is the perfect combination of anticipation, preparation, and immersion in nature. Besides being in nature, I also love spending time in Vienna. Even after two years in the city, I discover something new every time I go out.