Who's who at EuroNatur

A small core team and a wide-spreading network

EuroNatur staff meeting via Zoom

While the Corona pandemic has forced many of us into the home office for extended periods, we have also been campaigning for Europe's natural heritage from home.

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.

The foundation is based in Radolfzell on Lake Constance. In addition to the executive director, EuroNatur currently employs 29 full-time staff. Furthermore, there is an honorary EuroNatur Presidium and a EuroNatur Board of Trustees. The EuroNatur Service GmbH in Radolfzell also employs three full-time staff members.

 

The EuroNatur leadership

Gabriel Schwaderer
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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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Our Project Team

Ilka Beermann
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Ilka Beermann -
Project Manager Migratory Birds

“Borders are made by people and have no significance for birds. For that very reason, nature conservation across national borders is vital. This is the EuroNatur approach, and not only with its bird migration projects. I can completely identify with this.”

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EuroNatur employe Stefan Ferger
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Stefan Ferger –
Deputy Head of Conservation,
Project Manager Migratory Birds

“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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EuroNatur employe Anne Katrin Heinrichs
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Anne Katrin Heinrichs -
Project Manager European Green Belt

“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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EuroNatur employe Amelie Huber
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Amelie Huber -
Project Manager Fresh water

“Linking scientific expertise with political environmental activism – that’s exactly what inspires me about EuroNatur’s conservation work.”

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EuroNatur employe Jan Philipp Kehl
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Jan Philipp Kehl -
Project Manager Bear & Wolf

“My passion is to give misunderstood living beings a voice of their own, preferably in dialogue with different interest groups. Nature and species conservation should always be an exchange on eye level between the involved stakeholders. So it is particularly important to me to get all sides involved to facilitate the coexistence of wild animals and mankind in Europe.”

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EuroNatur employe Lisa Leschinski
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Lisa Leschinski -
Project Manager Lynx & Monk Seal

„I am a research scientist but science alone is not enough in order to effectively protect such species as the lynx and the wolf. Fact-based communication and public relations are much needed, too. This is the only way of achieving acceptance and coexistence of humans and wildlife.“

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EuroNatur employe Janinka Lutze
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Janinka Lutze -
Campaigner

"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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EuroNatur employe Annette Spangenberg
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Annette Spangenberg –
Head of Conservation

“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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EuroNatur employe Tara Sukic
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Tara Sukic –
Project Manager Fresh Water

“A lot of people often forget that they are a part of nature. Yet if nature suffers, we too will suffer. The protection and conservation of our planet is a challenge for the worldwide community. I like the fact that with my work at EuroNatur I can make a small contribution to this great task."

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EuroNatur employe Sandra Wigger
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Sandra Wigger –
Project Manager Cultural landscapes

“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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Our Communication Team

EuroNatur employe Anja Arning
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Anja Arning –
Head of Communication,
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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EuroNatur employe Mira Bell
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Mira Bell –
Online fundraising and 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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EuroNatur employe Markus Dressnandt
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Markus Dressnandt –
Deputy Head of Communication,
Online-Fundraising and Marketing

”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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EuroNatur employe Katharina Grund

Katharina Grund –
Public relations and 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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EuroNatur employe Sabine Günther
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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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EuroNatur employe Matthias Heinrich
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Matthias Heinrich -
Social Media and Community Manager

“Despite all our technical achievements, we are still part of nature. I would like to help us once again to live more in tune with ourselves and nature, and not to destroy it for short-term gains.”

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EuroNatur colleague Marco Panista
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Marco Panista -
IT

„Over the past few years I have become much more aware of environmental issues. My work at EuroNatur is the logical continuation of this development. I can combine my passion for both IT issues and nature conservation – and what‘s more, in a European context. Perfetto!“

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EuroNatur employe Kerstin Sauer
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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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EuroNatur employe Christian Stielow
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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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Our Administration Team

EuroNatur employe Ines Fantinato
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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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EuroNatur employe Michael Fantinato
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Michael Fantinato –
Office Management and Administration

“I am proud to have my roots in the Balkans. By working at EuroNatur I want to give something back to my home country Slovenia and do something good from a distance.“

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EuroNatur employe Manuela Fundinger
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Manuela Fundinger –
Bookkeeping and Administration, EuroNatur Service GmbH

“I find it fascinating at EuroNatur to get a look behind the scenes of conservation work. It’s great to see what conservationists across Europe achieve. I’m pleased to be able to make a small contribution to that with my work.”

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EuroNatur employe Leonie Kraut
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Leonie Kraut -
Head of Administration,
Personal Assistant to the Executive Director

„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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EuroNatur employe Elfrun Lindenthal
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Elfrun Lindenthal -
Administration

“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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EuroNatur employe Daniela Löchle
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Daniela Löchle –
Deputy Head of Administration,
Human Resources and Accounts, EuroNatur Foundation
Executive Director of EuroNatur Service GmbH

“There's always something happening here. I have developed along with EuroNatur and feel very attached to the organisation.”

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EuroNatur employe Gabriela Strobel
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Gabriela Strobel –
Accountancy

“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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EU Pilot Project Strengthens Nature Conservation at the European Green Belt

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Mark of support for biodiversity: EuroNatur Award presented to World Biodiversity Council researchers

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Saving biodiversity: Researchers of IPBES receive EuroNatur Award

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Two studies for the restoration of the Sava River and its floodplain published

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Renewed violence against environmental activists in Romania

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Mura-Drava-Danube Designated a Biosphere Reserve

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Ulcinj Salina: 2 Years RAMSAR Site

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Bat roost safeguarded for the future

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