A healthy environment is the fundamental basis of all life-support systems, including that of human well-being and socio-economic development. True Nature Foundation’s mission is to combine ecological restoration and conservation to create thriving environments for sustainable development and resilient communities.

What we do

Ecological Restoration

Bringing back natural processes, including the original fauna and flora.

Rural Development

Ecotourism and regional products as drivers for sustainable development.

Climate Change

Mitigating climate change by developing natural carbon sinks and other nature based solutions.

Our goals

Ecosystems provide essential goods and services such as natural resources, fresh water, clean air and healthy soil; they help mitigate natural disasters, including pests and diseases and they help regulate the climate. Contributing to the implementation of the Biodiversity Strategy to 2030 adopted by the European Commission, we aim to restore biodiversity and ecosystem services, developing more sustainable landuse systems and management of natural resources, mitigate climate change, and control invasive alien species. Large-scale restoration of degraded ecosystems and development new nature-based solutions will accelerate transformative change and strengthen vulnerable communities and regions.

Our Approach

The True Nature Foundation supports community-led ecological restoration and conservation that benefits both people and their environment. We engage in partnership arrangements with local authorities and communities, aiming at local capacity building in biodiversity conservation and ecotourism.

Our primary focus areas:

  • Ecological restoration through trophic rewilding,
  • Development of new nature reserves in abandoned or degraded rural areas,
  • Reintroduction of lost species, and
  • Developing nature-based income generation opportunities for rural communities.

Rewilding & Development

True Nature Foundation connects restoration of nature with a strong business case with clear ecological and economic outputs. Our projects are carefully selected based upon their potential for protection of biodiversity and restoration of ecosystem processes, creating important wildlife habitats and corridors. As part of this process we develop and implement economic models that provide sustainability to the projects.

Our success depends on the active involvement of communities whose lives and livelihoods are linked to the natural ecosystems we seek to protect.

True Nature Foundation logo

We choose Europe’s largest land animal, the European bison (or wisent) as symbol for our foundation, as it stands for friendly, restrained force; our foundation’s European geographic outreach and nature conservation’s most prominent success in the last century: the survival of the European bison as a species, from the brink of extinction about 100 years ago. Our fresh and dynamic bison logo was designed by Lammert Jonkman, a successful Dutch designer, who for this project was inspired by the well known Spanish designer Javier Mariscal.

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Sustainable Development Goals


TNF is organised on the principle of decentralisation. We are registered as a Charity in The Netherlands and have decentralised country representatives in Romania, Germany, Ukraine, Spain, Portugal.
Our board members, directors and advisory team have a background in life sciences, endangered species breeding programmes, genetics, ecology, protected area management and organization management. This extended experience, coupled with local, on-the-ground programme managers with many years of experience, gives us the combination of conservation understanding and knowledge of regional development opportunities to give full justice to integrated conservation and development programmes.

Healthy Ecosystems

A healthy environment is the fundamental basis of all life-support systems, including that of human well-being and socio-economic development.

Science Based

Our projects are science-based and carefully selected based upon their potential for creating opportunities to implement economic models that provide long-term sustainability.

Reserve Management

We provide technical assistance in developing sound management plans that will help each reserve and project become a successful and self-sufficient operation.

Capacity Building

True Nature Foundation engages in partnership arrangements aiming at local capacity building in nature conservation, restoration, and education.

Quality of Life

We demonstrate that reviving rural communities is achievable through combining ecological restoration with the development of ecotourism and local products.

Catalyst of Change

The True Nature Foundation develops demonstration projects and solutions with other organisations and universities that can be scaled up and replicated, acting as a catalyst for positive change in rural communities.