The Fundación Fernando González Bernáldez is a private, non-profit foundation set up in 1996 on the initiative of the Universities Complutense, Autónoma de Madrid, and Alcalá. Inspired by the figure of ecologist Fernando González Bernáldez, after whom it is named, the Foundation has as its first mission is to connect academia and conservation practitioners.
The aims of the Foundation are:
- Scientific research on the fields of ecology, biodiversity and nature conservation.
- Exchange of experiences and training in protected area management.
- Transfer of state-of-the-art knowledge towards protected areas managers.
- Foster social support for biodiversity conservation.
To achieve these goals, the Foundation has built over the years a strong alliance with the authorities managing natural areas. Thus, since 1997 the Foundation has a permanent and strategic partnership with EUROPARC-Spain, a federation of parks and conservation authorities which involves administrations responsible for planning and management of Spanish Protected Areas and a constituency of more than 1.500 managers, planners and other park staff members. Since the 2002 EUROPARC-Spain’s Action Plan, collaborative work to improve the effectiveness of protected areas has been our hallmark, advancing in the development and application of conservation tools for sustainable tourism, offering opportunities to improve the training of professionals, and promoting the interchange of interdisciplinary scientific knowledge.
Please, find out more about the Foundation and its projects by navigating our website or reading the following documents: