Tarandus Mire, Arctic Circle, Finland
Like most Finns, I love nature and I'm appalled by the deforestation that is happening all around the world. Collectively we need to work harder to preserve our forest, not ruin it. Land conservation through the Helsinki Foundation's grassroots movement is a good place to start and I'm happy to be a small part of this united effort.
Captain of the Finnish football team.
Swanston, Tasmania, Australia
We chose Green Tier Creek because it is home to many native Australian animals. Some of these are endangered due to loss of habitat. There are only 200 breeding pairs of the Tasmanian Wedgetailed eagle left in the whole world. Three nests are directly adjacent to this conservation area and the eagles overfly the land. Swift Parrots nest in hollows in old trees, and their habitat is under threat. They've been clocked flying at 88km/h but even with this speed they are critically endangered with only 2000 left in the wild. Wallabies, pademelons, Tasmanian devils and quolls have also been confirmed to live there.
Rannamäe, Muhu Island, Estonia
We chose Vainio Bird reserve because migrating birds stop at Muhu every spring and autumn before they fly further to their summer and winter habitats. There are a huge amount of bird species that live in or pass through the area - well over a hundred. Species include Ural owls, white tailed eagles, peregrines and goshawks. The reserve is mostly grassland with high biodiversity. Estonia used to be home to approximately a third of the world’s calcareous alvar grasslands, which are extremely species-rich. However, there are only 8000 hectares left, down from 43000 hectares in the 1930s.
Lake Näsmäjärvi, Lapland, Finland
Lapland is a far away and mysterious place. It is one of the northernmost parts of the world with a forest cover. There is something magical about the forest to which the Finnish soul has always been linked. For this reason, the Helsinki Foundation has chosen a forest in Lapland as its first conservation area. The land is situated above the Arctic circle near Finland’s eastern border in Salla.
Arctic Circle, Finland
Far north as the Taiga forest transitions to tundra, there are mixed areas of peat and trees. The peat ecosystem is formed over thousands of years and is the most efficient carbon sink on the planet, storing over 10 times more CO² than trees.
It is home to roaming reindeer herds. Land in this area is often stripped of peat for fuel, or drained for pine plantations. We bought this land with money from previous Greenspaces in order to conserve it permanently.
We buy land around the world for conservation and act as the vehicle for ordinary individuals to affordably and directly participate in conservation.
We believe that the best way to preserve nature for future generations is to acquire as much land as possible and leave it in its natural state. The Foundation's mission is long-term, spanning into centuries of conservation.
Private land ownership is the first level. The second level is getting the protection of the law in that we get the areas marked as private nature reserves. The third level is our Guardianship program.
As a Greenspace Guardian, you will also receive a veto right so that you can be responsible for deciding what happens to the land.
The area of 0 football pitches has been deforested in our world.
As an individual, you can help.
Your money will be used to buy the next conservation area.
Choose a Greenspace from our conservation areas in Finland, Australia, and Estonia. Pay. You are now the Guardian of that Greenspace. You can keep it forever or give it as a gift.
Helsinki Foundation buys a piece of land using previously raised funds
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Your green land
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You can also visit the place you conserved.
The money raised from Greenspaces will be used by the Foundation to fund the purchase of the next conservation area.
Your vote, you decide
You will also receive a veto right so that you can be responsible for deciding what happens to the land.
I love that you get the co-ordinates of what you are helping conserve! You can actually go and see what plants and animals you are helping to conserve look like.
Saved us a lot of time in buying unique and valuable presents for our loved ones.
We expected throw away gifts and tacky toys for his first Christmas, not something that was his forever.