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With 350’000 members in approximately 45 member organisations throughout the globe, the Naturefriends movement – which was founded in 1895 – is one of the largest non-governmental organisations (NGOs) worldwide. Our members are active in local groups and are represented in regional, national and federal associations.

Naturefriends International is the global umbrella organisation and a member of the Green 10, the platform of the ten largest European environmental organisations.

Naturefriends are internationally, ecologically and socially minded
Environmental protection and social justice are the causes espoused by the Naturefriends movement, which is global in character and democratic in structure. The focus of Naturefriends activities is on designing and implementing sustainability schemes for the environment and for the society at regional, national and international level.

Naturefriends stand for

  • tourism and leisure activities that are socially equitable and in tune with nature
  • the protection of our natural and cultural heritage
  • climate protection and climate justice

Naturefriends champion

  • nature interpretation
    Inspiring people to connect with and to preserve the natural environment and to introduce them to biodiversity have been major concerns of the Naturefriends movement from its very inception.
  • respectful sustainable tourism
    Naturefriends advocate a socially, culturally and ecologically benign development of tourism.
  • climate protection
    Naturefriends are actively engaged in environment and climate protection, organising pertinent campaigns and projects.
  • sustainable regional development
    Naturefriends activities are designed to support regions in opting for sustainable tourism.
  • political commitment
    Naturefriends are engaged in lobbying and educational activities as well as in intensive networking with a view to popularising issues relating to the environment, to the climate and to social policy at regional, national and international level.
  • worldwide solidarity
    Naturefriends put in train intercultural projects and encounters and demand fair and respectful behaviour vis-à-vis all people, irrespective of their ethnicity, sex or religious beliefs.




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