The Foundation for the Tropical Forest was founded on 12th November 2002. Ernst Beyeler, successful gallery owner and art dealer, as well as founder of the world-famous "Fondation Beyeler" in Riehen / Basel, aims with the foundation the protection of the tropical forests with financial means, which originate from the art business.
The purpose of the "Foundation for the Tropical Forest" is:
Dr. h.c. Ernst Beyeler, President
Dr. Hans Furer, CEO (2006)
The concept of protection includes the protection of all intact ecosystems in the tropical forest. Specifically, this protection is achieved by securing the legal and ethical foundations such as:
The sensitization of the youth of the region Basel (Germany, France, Switzerland) takes place in connection with the projects or especially through activities, which are initiated by the foundation. She also does this public relations work by using existing networks.
«The forests support the sky. When they are felled, the firmament will fall on us.»
Proverb of South American Indians