WELKOM bij de nieuwe website van Helena Imminga Berends, voorheen Regenboog Advies

Deze site is in transitie van Regenboog Advies voor Onderzoek, Advies en Training op het gebied van Natuur en Economie naar de site van Helena Imminga Berends. Helena is per 31-12-2021 gestopt ZZPer te zijn met Regenboog Advies, na bijna 20 jaar!

Maar de informatie over internationale en duurzame projecten die Helena startte of mocht leiden als Regenboog Advies blijft beschikbaar op deze site omdat veel studies en projecten nog actueel zijn en vaak gedwonload worden (ook vanaf www.academia.edu). 

Dank je Gerben Bosch en team bij E-Active voor jullie hulp in al die jaren en o.a. bij deze ‘site transitie.

Een korte geschiedenis van Regenboog Advies: Helena Berends startte als ZZPer in 2003. Ze schreef het bedrijf in bij de KvK in Arnhem op 26-2- 2003.  Ze nam ontslag als onderzoeker en senior projectleider bij Alterra, onderdeel van de Wageningse Universiteit. Ze wou als milieu-econoom creatiever, vrijer en internationaler gaan werken, samen met andere zzpers. En dat ging goed, zie de onderzoeksprojecten, adviezen, lezingen en rapporten/ boeken die Helena, vaak met anderen, maakte in die jaren. Als ZZPer kon ze in 2005 verhuizen naar Assen om te trouwen met Chris die net als zij in Brazilië opgroeide, ook van Nederlandse ouders. Helena (nu Imminga-Berends) was wel nog steeds vaak in Brussel om les te geven aan junior medewerkers van BTC/CTB (nu Enabel) of voor onderzoeksprojecten voor de Europese Commissie: ze mocht een aantal grote projecten doen en gaf meerdere malen advies over onderzoeksvoorstellen die ingediend werden bij de Europese Commissie. Helena had eerder 10 jaar lang bij de EU gewerkt als milieu-econoom, bij het Directoraat Generaal Milieu. Zie Helena’s kort cv helena NL of de lange versie.

Lees hier de oude site in het NEDERLANDS: Waarom Regenboog Advies  onder andere over de laatste projecten in 202o-2021, bijvoorbeeld de MINI TALKS ZOOM PROJECT.


The focus and drive of Helena’s work was to bring different approaches together: the economic, the social and the environmental when developing, evaluating and advising on sustainable and policy oriented projects. Helena and her team’s goal was always to improve policies and plans, making them more integrated and sustainable. Helena Imminga-Berends (CV Helena EN) has several and different university degrees and an international background. 

Improving the integration of different disciplines and stakeholders in regions, countries and territories

Helena led or participated in many research projects where the results showed how improving / investing in the environment  has social and economic benefits. This is was her idea behind the image of the rainbow: bringing together the diffferent colours: green (nature), blue (water), yellow (social), red (economic), etc. See Research list. 

For example: the environmental, social, economic and political profiles for 25 Overseas Countries and Territories linked to the EU (see reports on 25 OCTS in English and French) show an original  methodology that can still be used for other regions.

Helena also developed a course on how different stakeholders can work together in a region, leading to win-win solutions. There is also a short video (in Dutch) about the team’s regional work.

But different cultures (colours) can also be brought together for improved communication

In the same spirit Helena helped bring together different cultures by training them in how to improve intercultural communication. This was done in the Netherlands and abroad, in four languages. Helena trained young people, managers and women. She gave workshops for European civil servants in Brussels, for technical experts at the Belgian Development Agency Enabel and for Atos Origin managers in Spain, Marocco and France.

And find out how scientists and civil society can work together for better research and policy advise

In an analysis of four European ‘social platforms’ research projects Helena showed how scientists from different countries and with different scientific backgrounds can work together with non academics. See Helena’s evaluation of four such EU funded research projects: social platforms.


Besides a quantative/ economic approach (Helena has two university degrees in econometrics) she also did action and participatory research. But given het international background and experience, she knows that there are different ways of learning! She developed e-learning lessons (at Enabel) but also games and role- plays to be used in her training sessions. One such game is a Budget Game  so people can become more aware of how they spend money and how they value things and events. In DUTCH: we blijven werken met ons BUDGETSPEL in buurthuizen en elders, zie paginas over  het spel,  onze workshops en demonstraties plus TV reportage.

We use the Transformation Game (Findhorn) in workshops for individuals or groups who want to make an actio plan based on a well formulated WISH. See for instance some experiences on this page: T Game.

Luiza Figueira en het Budgetspel

Luiza Figueira en het Budgetspel


Helena Imminga geeft workshop over Geld

Helena Imminga geeft workshop over Geld


Conflicts inside the Kingdom of the Netherlands, which is composed of 4 countries! Which four: The Netherlands (more commonly called Holland) and three countries in the Caribbean: Aruba, Curacao and Sint Maarten. These three became independent coutries on 11-11-2011.  Three other territories of the former Dutch Antilles (Sint Eustatius (Statia), Bonaire and Saba) chose to be treated as Dutch ‘special municipalities’, i.e. closer linked to the Netherlands. All six are part of the 13 Overseas Countries and Territories (OCTs) of the European Union and receive EU aid.

After 11-11-2011 development aid from the Netherlands stopped, but the financial demands and support have continued. Howver, negotiations have not always developped in a friendly manner.

See for instance more about the relations between the Dutch Gvernment and Sint Maarten which was terribly hit by Hurricane Irma in September 2017. The Dutch government offered 550 million Euros for reconstruction of infrastructures and has asked the World Bank to be involved in the National Recovery and Resilience Plan (NRRP). But because the Dutch Goverment imposed a number of conditions, the prime minister of Sint Maarten (William Marlin) resigned. The European Union is offering aid to both parts of the island: to Sint Maarten and to Saint Martin (a French Collectivite, where reconstruction works are led by France).

But also on Sint Eustatius (a Dutch ‘special municipality’) the relationship with the Netherlands has turned a bit sour. See Report Sint Eustatius .


– We show that investing in nature is necessary and positive for nature, for civilians, for businesses, for government, etc   SEE examples…

– How can one improve the qualityof a camping site in a nature area?  SEE example

– How can city dwellers be more involved in protecting and developing nature in their own neighbourhood? SEE our garden contest


De mensen die mee werken/ werkten met Regenboog Advies hebben verschillende (academische) opleidingen zodat we diverse benaderingen of ‘kleuren’ bij elkaar kunnen brengen: Marco de Jong, Marian Stegink, Hans van den Heuij, Marianne van Mansom, Boudy van Schagen, Peter Wijsman. De laatste tijd werkt Helena veel met Luiza Figueira, oa bij het Budgetspel. Meer… 


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