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. True Nature Foundation’s approach is to connect restoration of nature with a business case (e.g. ecotourism) with clear ecological and economic outputs.
Our village life would stagnate if it were not for the unexplored forests and meadows which surround it. We need the tonic of wildness, — to wade sometimes in marshes where the bittern and the meadow-hen lurk, and hear the booming of the snipe; to smell the whispering sedge where only some wilder and more solitary fowl builds her nest, and the mink crawls with its belly close to the ground. - Henry David Thoreau in Walden; or, Life in the Woods
- We have contractual mandates to develop and foster our ecological restoration projects.
- Our role is to advise and provide technical support, marketing and funding to our local partners.
- Our involvement is always two-tiered: nature development first, economic development second.
- Our project involvement is short to mid-term (5-10 years).
- Our scientific approach is based on a wide body of knowledge and experience.
- Our ecological approach is based on tried and tested ecological restoration and rewilding cases around the globe.
- Our management approach is based on tried and tested business principles.
- We seek public funding for nature- and private funding for economic development.
- We strive to successfully reintroduce mega fauna to fulfil their natural role in ecosystems.
- We strive to make protected areas relevant to and beneficial for local people.
- We strive to develop responsible forms of ecotourism, fulfilling the needs of our national and international visitors.
- We aim to achieve ecological, social and economic sustainability.
TNF is organised on the principle of decentralisation. There is an administration office in The Netherlands and 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 directors and project 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.