About

Mission

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

Our Approach

The True Nature Foundation engages in partnership arrangements with local authorities and communities, aiming at local capacity building in ecological restoration, conservation and ecotourism. Our primary focus areas are development of reserves, reintroduction of lost species and developing nature-based income generation opportunities for rural communities.

Conservation + 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.

Organisation

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.

Meet the team

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 works together with local, national and international organisations and universities, as a catalyst for positive change in rural communities.