The foundation

About the foundation

The Aage V. Jensen Charity Foundation operates all over the world via ownership as well as support of research and nature projects. The objective of the Foundation is to contribute to the preservation of nature in all its diversity, and at the same time to open the eyes of the public to all that nature has to offer. The Foundation works to communicate the importance of protecting endangered wildlife and natural habitats.

Through the acquisition of conservation areas, and through the participation in projects, the Foundation is committed to preserving, protecting and developing natural values. The goal is to give the general public the opportunity to experience a rich and diverse nature – now and forever.

The need to know
Only by learning about – or seeing for themselves – the vast variety in wild animals, insects, birds and landscapes, will present and future generations appreciate all that nature has to offer. On their own doorstep or further afield. This is at the heart of why the Aage V. Jensen Charity Foundation owns and manages nature reserves and supports research, reports and books on nature. And why it is actively engaged in establishing visitors’ centres, nature schools, wildlife watchtowers and access for disabled persons to areas of great natural beauty and interest. With knowledge comes understanding of the importance of protection.

Nature reserves
The Foundation owns natural areas in Scotland and South Africa where the fauna and other natural values are being protected and developed. The vision is to enhance active nature conservation and nature restoration by way of more careful landscape utilization and at the same time to promote and highten the local population’s knowledge, understanding and appreciation of natural values. The Foundation undertakes with its own staff to restore endangered habitats and promote of the natural development of biological diversity in these areas. In cooperation with local scientists and other experts a proper and viable practice is ensured and – which is not less important – local support of nature conservation efforts is generated.

Public access to the areas is facilitated by opening footpaths and offering guided tours, and the nature experience is enhanced through information material and active nature guidance. The purpose of the management of the Foundation’s areas and the conservation of their natural values in concert and harmony with the local population is to serve as a model for further nature conservation projects in other regions. The conservation of nature and the protection of wildlife can only be secured in the long run if they gain wide popular support.

Making a difference
By facilitating research in the field as well as in research centres around the world, the Aage V. Jensen Charity Foundation contributes to a greater understanding of nature and to the rehabilitation and protection of natural habitats and the lives of the world’s many endangered species. All projects initiated or joined are carefully selected for this purpose.

One such project is the funding of facilities for The Greenland Institute of Natural Resources in Nuuk. To ensure optimum access for the scientific community to all relevant information gathered around the world, the Foundation also sponsored the GBIF (Global Biodiversity Information Facility) headquarters in Copenhagen. And to provide a window to all this knowledge the Foundation supports a large number of printed publications. Among these are The Birds of CITES (1993), The Prespa Project (1999), World Catalogue of Insects (2005), and Kruger National Park History (2007) plus numerous educational books on Greenland.

International cooperation
Aage V. Jensen Charity Foundation has contributed to nature conservation projects in more than 50 countries and on all continents. To ensure the realization of the projects and the building up of knowledge the Foundation has entered into cooperation with international organisations such as Birdlife, WWF and IUCN, which have a global overview and strong local roots in the countries in which the projects are being implemented.

In Greenland the Foundation has been widely involved for more than 20 years. The building up of the Greenland Institute of Natural Resources in Nuuk and the research station Zackenberg in North East Greenland – today both owned by the Greenland government – has been the Foundation’s largest arctic investment. In addition to that several research and conservation projects have been supported.

Since 2004 the Foundation has supported more than 30 projects through donations to BirdLife International Partnership and contributed to many other important protection efforts. The activities save endangered animal species from extinction and conserve vulnerable natural areas. By lobbying decision   makers in several countries the Foundation has contributed to maintaining important eco systems that are vital to the local population and improve their quality of life.

The Foundation has also created the basis for choosing Denmark as the domicile of the Global Biodiversity Information Facility (GBIF). This facility is located at the Natural History Museum of Denmark in Copenhagen. GBIF aims to provide an essential global informatics infrastructure for biodiversity research and applications worldwide and gathers data from natural history museums, libraries and databases all over the world on more than 1 million species on earth.