Story featured in the Made in Countdown 2010 publication: The Fundació Territori i Paisatge (now Fundació Caixa Catalunya and IUCN Member) was created by the Caixa Catalunya Savings Bank at the end of 1997 with the main aim to preserve, natural areas, biodiversity and landscapes, as well as raise public awareness. The foundation’s long-term programme has three action lines.
First, the acquisition of land to establish a network of private protected areas, where biodiversity plays an important role. These areas are then managed by the foundation in cooperation with other NGOs and public bodies. Second, the foundation supports and cooperates in numerous nature conservation projects implemented by institutions nationwide, especially concerning biodiversity. Finally, it raises public awareness and carries out various educational programmes to develop and enforce environmental values in society. The foundation also supports more than 400 biodiversity conservation projects in the Catalonia Region and the rest of Spain, and a Nature Centre in the Pyrenees with 15,000 visitors a year.
For more information please visit the Countdown 2010 website.