Presiding Committee

Wise strategies from the Presiding Committee of EuroNatur

The Presiding Committee of the EuroNatur Foundation is composed of six members serving on an honorary basis. Its tasks are the strategic direction, approval of budget plans and the annual financial statement.The Board supervises the work of the Executive Director.

Prof. Dr. Thomas Potthast
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Prof. Dr. Thomas Potthast - President

„It is through cooperation with local civil society actors that EuroNatur fosters the idea of a peaceful and unified Europe. Assuring fair access to Nature for today's and future generations is a central challenge of our time.“

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Dr. Anna-Katharina Wöbse
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Dr. Anna-Katharina Wöbse - Vice president

"EuroNatur has found a convincing way of developing a sort of international understanding on ecological matters. Nature and environmental conservation are regarded here as self-evidently part of  European solidarity."

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Prof. Dr. Hubert Weiger
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Prof. Dr. Hubert Weiger - Member of the Board

“In founding EuroNatur the former chairman of the Federal BUND organisation, Prof. Dr. Gerhard Thielcke, created a nature conservation organisation which set itself the central task of surmounting in a positive sense the many national borders dividing Europe. I, too, see it as an essential task of national organisations to take part in work at the international level.”

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Dr. Thoamas Griese
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Dr. Thomas Griese - Member of the Board

“Getting people interested in Nature is something that means a very great deal to me. I shall use my contacts in the political and business arenas to canvass for the work of EuroNatur and to raise awareness that nature conservation is about far more than protecting a few species of orchids.”

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Jörg Nitsch
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Jörg Nitsch - Member of the board

”I have been following EuroNatur's activities with lively interest from its founding years. I am very keen on the cross-border approach to nature conservation and as member of its board I want to give my active support to EuroNatur for their development and implementation of projects to protect the unique natural world of Europe.”

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Prof. Dr. Hannes Knapp
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Prof. Dr. Hannes Knapp - Member of the Board

As one of the fathers of the GDR’s national park programme, Hannes Knapp is fully aware of the importance of valuable protected areas. “At the time of German reunification, there was the dictum of ‘family silver of German unity’. The primeval beech forests in Romania are the ‘golden treasure of the European Union’. This valuable treasure needs to be conserved, not exploited!”

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