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Hidden Heroes

Successful conservation, whether in the political arena or in the bogs, the forests or the most remote steppes of the world, needs people and personalities who selflessly work for this goal. Local operating initiatives and individuals with concrete and practical goals can achieve a lot, often more than large development programmes at the government level. In FINC’s geographic focus regions, we will support these “Hidden Heroes” in many ways – whether we provide technical expertise, funding, document their stories or give voice to their actions.

Research for Development

Knowledge and understanding are inherent in political messages and objectives. By applying integrated landscape-ecological research, it is possible to contribute knowledge to the sustainable development agenda. We believe that the political and geographical context of a transformation to sustainability requires sound scientific attendance, characterised by the understanding of landscapes, landscape processes and land use. In this sense, FINC will undertake projects that examine the interaction of the human-nature relationship and the conservation of natural assets.

Documentation

Story-telling is a fundamental and equal part of FINC’s agenda. As part of the global community, we are interested in how conservation work takes place in Iran or North Korea, as well as the commitment of activists in Brandenburg or Pomerania. To offer a communicative space and share the wealth of exciting stories – predominantly through images – is a heartfelt desire for FINC and our contribution to building a bridge between the cultural and geographical world.


India – Community Conservation Support

Balu Hedge, conservationist, hidden hero and outstanding example for a holistic conservation approach in the vicinity of this home village in Western Ghats, India.  for more →

The reason for the establishment of FINC was the desire to support dedicated individuals and small initiatives, which play a prominent role in practical nature conservation. During his tenure as CEO of the “Michael Succow Foundation for the Protection of Nature”, Sebastian Schmidt made the acquaintance of a variety of committed environmentalists who provide significant contributions to conservation work, often invisible to the public. Offering financial, conceptual and communicative cooperation to these “Hidden Heroes” will be a key strategic target for FINC.

FINC operates worldwide, but with a special emphasis on transformation countries.

We now start to implement our first projects, which focus on strengthening protected areas in Iran and India.