Wild Wonders of Europe is the largest photography-based conservation communication initiative in the World. It is all about showing the amazing natural wonders of the European continent to the 700 million Europeans and the World!
This epic project has placed Europe’s stunning biodiversity at centre stage in such a way that no one else has done before. Using the emotional power of great photography Wild Wonders of Europe has begun to restart the love affair between the Europeans and their natural heritage. Celebrating the joy of the wild, the conservation success stories and the wildlife-comeback that so many of us are not aware of.
Wild Wonders of Europe assigned 69 of the continent’s most talented and committed nature photographers on a great Quest, to carry out 135 photography assignments across all 48 European countries. After more than 1100 days in the field, an archive of about 200 000 breathtaking top-notch images was created, the most up-to-date, comprehensive nature image collection in Europe, showcasing the continent’s most charismatic species and places, all especially selected for this mass communication purpose.
How can people be expected to take decisions in favour of biodiversity, if they don’t even know it exists, what it looks like or what it feels like? Wild Wonders Foundation aims to support creative mass communication about our planet’s natural heritage, worldwide. Photography, film making, writing and design that really reaches hearts and minds. Presenting strong facts in combination with multimedia for conservation communication that stands out.
The Wild Wonders Foundation supports initiatives that reveal the beauty and the importance of our natural heritage as well as the challenges and conservation issues this heritage is facing. Initiatives that strive to use the emotional power of photography, film making, writing and design in favour of conservation. Combining strong imagery with facts and common language, to communicate conservation messaging to very large audiences.
The Fondation Iris is a private foundation under the aegis of the Fondation de France. It was created in December 2012, its aim is to promote the conservation of the environment.
The foundation supports actions to preserve or restore vulnerable sites, whether cultural or natural, as well as actions to respond concretely to the loss of biodiversity in all kinds of environment (land, marine, peri-urban,…).
The foundation also supports artists whose works are involved in public awareness of problematic sites, landscapes and species to be protected, or whose productions play an active role for the protection and enhancement of these sites.
Founded in 2010, the China Green Carbon Foundation is the first nation-wide non-profit public funding foundation dedicated to combating climate change by increasing carbon sink in China. The precursor of the Foundation is China Green Carbon Fund founded in 2007. CGCF, approved by the State Council, was registered at the Ministry of Civil Affairs and operated under the governance of the State Forestry Administration of the PRC. CGCF provides a platform for enterprises and citizens to fulfill their social responsibility by storing carbon credit mainly through forestry measures.
The missions of CGCF are to promote activities of combating climate change including afforestation, forest management, decreasing deforestation and other activities associated with increasing carbon sink and reducing emissions; to spread relevant knowledge so as to strengthen public capacity of combating climate change; to support and perfect the Forest Effect Compensation Mechanism of China.
Founded in Beijing in December 1983, the China Wildlife Conservation Association now has 30 provincial-level and 260 prefeture/county-level branches, and about 30 thousand members who are wildlife conservationists, administrators, scientists, educators, natural reserve works and wildlife lovers. CWCA’s mission is to promote the development of Chinese wildlife conservation , protect, develop and reasonably utilize wildlife resources and rescue endangered species.
CWCA’s responsibility is to organize its members in carrying out conservation laws and policies, running education and popularization programs of wildlife protection and rescue, conducting scientific research and academic exchange, providing technical consultation on wildlife resources management, raising funds for wildlife conservation and establishing contact with foreign groups and participating in international cooperation.
Since its foundation, the CWCA has run various programs to promote education, propaganda, and fund-raising. For example, ” Bird-loving week”, wetland conservation, and specialized training, It holds meetings and activities such as the international conference on wildlife conservation in China ’87. It has also conducted joint research programs with wildlife conservation organization in the US, Germany, HongKong and other countries and regions. In 1984, CWCA become a member of the IUCN. In order to promote international exchange, CWCA has arranged for exhibits in the US, Canada, Ireland, Belgium, and Singapore and other countries of rare Chinese animals, including the giant panda and golden monkey. CWCA is willing to cooperate with countries and international wildlife conservation organizationion organizations who concern about Chinese wildlife conservation in technical communication.
Bird Media Ltd. is a nature photography and eco-culture promoting company founded by several Chinese nature and bird photographers in Beijing, 2012.
To raise awareness of wildlife protection and habitant conservation, Bird Media organised nature photography exhibitions which have attracted over hundreds of thousands visitors. Among them were leaders from national departments and local governments. Exhibited photos were highly praised by visitors.
The company also organised photography and research expeditions to many China’s most rich wildlife locations such as Wuliangsuhai Lake and Tengger Desert in inner Mongolia, Dalai Nur Lake, Sanmenxia in Henan, Shandong Rongcheng, Dongying, Yining, Bayinbuluke, Qinghai Lake , Jiangxi Poyang Lake, Beijing Yeyahu and other places. Photos of whooper swan, tundra swan, mute swan and natural habitants were recorded as important documentations of their biological study. Bird Media also offered both advises and financial supports to the local management.