Who's who

Who's who at EuroNatur - a small core team and a wide-spreading network

EuroNatur chose not to set up its own web of offices manned with full-time staff all over Germany. Our work is concerned with setting up cooperation between existing nature conservation organisations which have excellent connections in their immediate environment and are working successfully there. Donations do not disappear into any overblown administrative apparatus - they  go directly to the projects.

With head and heart at work for the cause

The organisation at EuroNatur is lean: a tight-knit team has built up a comprehensive international  network of partners covering all of Europe. Nobody is a mere number here. The entire team is dedicated to the task of protecting Europe's natural heritage.

From Lake Constance to Europe

The EuroNatur Foundation is based in Radolfzell. Beside the Executive Director there are 22 full-time staff employed by the foundation. The members of the EuroNatur Presiding Committee and of the EuroNatur Board of Trustees serve in an honorary capacity. In addition there are three members of staff working full-time at the EuroNatur Service GmbH in Radolfzell.

The EuroNatur leadership

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Gabriel Schwaderer -
EuroNatur Executive Director

“If EuroNatur didn't exist we'd have to invent it. Because our work as advocate of Nature in Europe has enable us to save many landscapes from destruction. Together with the people living in the project areas we stand for sustainable regional development in harmony with the needs of wildlife and the protection of the countryside."

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EuroNatur staff

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Annette Spangenberg –
Head of project unit

“One of the reasons I enjoy working at the foundation so much is that at EuroNatur there’s no such thing as routine work and I’m able to continually develop my skills. Every day I get a lot of satisfaction from helping our partners to raise the profile of nature conservation work in their own countries - despite, and perhaps also because of, the many challenges we encounter along the way.”

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Anne Katrin Heinrichs -
Project leader

“The many different areas of activity in EuroNatur and its principle of combining practical projects on the ground with work at political level strongly appeal to me. I am particularly impressed with the way EuroNatur always bears the needs of local people in mind. I also very much enjoy the cooperation with local partner organisations. I find it exciting to be part of a European network and to be working in this team on a vision for the protection of the unique natural world in Europe.”

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Laura Meinecke -
Project leader

“The European Green Belt shows us how little impression state borders make on nature. I am fascinated by the way the flora and fauna have evolved over such a large area in the shadow of the Iron Curtain. I would like to play a part in building a future for an ecological and peaceful Europe with the Green Belt.”

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Sandra Wigger –
Project leader

“EuroNatur not only connects up habitats and populations of wild animals, it also brings people together across national borders to develop and cooperate in projects for the protection of natural life. I see this as one of the keys to the successful pursuit of nature conservation.“

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Stefan Ferger –
Project leader

“Nature conservation can only work if it is based on local people's acceptance. The fact that EuroNatur always bears the local people in mind is, in my view, one of the essential reasons for the success of the Foundation.”

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Elfrun Lindenthal -
Project leader

“The impact of environmental factors is not just local; everything is connected with everything else. This becomes particularly clear in the conservation of bodies of flowing water. So I really identify with the transnational approach used in EuroNatur’s projects.”

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Mareike Brix –
Project leader

"I am fascinated by the many natural finish landscapes in South East Europe with its large diversity in species. [...] This is why it’s one of my major concerns to do my part, by developing approaches with our local partner organisation, that benefit men as well as nature.“

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Magdalena Kulisch 
Project leader

„I was travelling in Central America and New Zealand. Today I know that there’s no need to travel that far to experience outstanding nature. This is still possible even on our densely populated continent. I would like to contribute to preserving the wild beauty of Europe and to enabling a peaceful coexistence of mankind and nature“. 

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Janinka Lutze -

"Above all, I like working with so many different people from a variety of countries. And the exchange of information within the EuroNatur team is invaluable: there’s a flow of knowledge from a wide range of projects here, and I’m able to make the most of it in my campaign work.”

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Anja Arning 
Press and public relations

“Solidarity does not have much advocacy in today’s societies. But with EuroNatur this is different. Instead of profit seeking, the focus is on the common idea, on thinking beyond one’s own nose, on interconnectedness. As part of the EuroNatur network, I have the good feeling that I can make a meaningful contribution.”

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Katharina Grund –
Public relations & Donation publicity

“Nature conservation is a matter very close to my heart. On the one hand, it is hard to be confronted with the destruction of nature day by day. On the other hand, I am motivated by the many committed people from Spain to Albania who fight for Europe’s nature as part of the EuroNatur network. It is their stories that I want to tell.” 

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Christian Stielow –
Press and public relations

"One of my key concerns is to increase central European awareness of the Balkans. The landscapes of South East Europe are every bit as rich and varied as its cultures. I want to make people more aware not only of its beauty, but also of the threats to its survival."

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Markus Dressnandt –

”EuroNatur's motto - Connecting people with Nature – is the best motto I know. I am always happy to think I'm working in this strong international network and am able to make my contribution to preserving nature and the environment.”

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Mira Bell –
Online fundraising & public relations

„Due to my studies as a literary scholar, I see nature above all associated with people. That is why I especially like the EuroNatur slogan „Connecting nature and people“.

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Leonie Kraut -
Executive assistant

„In spite of the wide range of projects and the international framework of the work EuroNatur never loses sight of the smaller scale things. Every project, each person, every donation counts. That really appeals to me.“

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Sabine Günther –
Donations management

“When someone makes a donation to EuroNatur I see it as a sign of trust in us and in our work. I regard it as my special responsibility to ensure that those placing this trust in us  can rely on us to carry out their wishes.”

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Ines Fantinato –
Donations management

Ines Fantinato has been an important member of the EuroNatur team since May 2014. Experienced in business, she writes letters of welcome to all new sponsors and supporters, creates and sends out sponsorship certificates, ensures that donations are properly recorded and keeps the contact database for EuroNatur's donors, sponsors and supporters up to date. Bookkeeping is her other specialist area within the team.

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Kerstin Sauer –
Graphics and distribution, EuroNatur Service GmbH

“Day by day I’m happy that my work contributes to presenting EuroNatur’s projects visually appealing, easy to understand, and colourful.”

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Gabriela Strobel –

“Work in the nature conservation field is really worthwhile and it's interesting. What I particularly like at EuroNatur is the international character.”

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Daniela Löchle –
Human Resources and Accounts, EuroNatur Foundation
Executive Director of EuroNatur Service GmbH

“Things are always changing here. I have already spent half my life at EuroNatur – and as a result I feel very much attached to the organisation.”

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