The Foundation

Michael Succow Foundation for the Protection of Nature


The Michael Succow Foundation was established in 1999 as the first charitable conservation foundation under the Civil Code in the new federal states of Germany. The prize money from the Right Livelihood Award, bestowed upon Prof. Dr. Michael Succow in 1997, was donated as the basis capital for the foundation, which aims to ‘Preserve and Sustain’ the Ecological Balance.


The Michael Succow Foundation is an operational foundation on the national and international level. It is engaged in the development and protection of national parks and biosphere reserves in the transformational countries of the former Eastern bloc (Azerbaijan, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan, Russia).


For almost 10 years, the recognition and conservation of Germany’s national natural heritage has been the foundation’s most important emphasis nationally. Accordingly, the foundation is currently overseeing the care of three Nature Conservation Areas in north-eastern Germany, with other areas soon to follow. The goal is the development of wilderness oases, accompanied by special opportunities to visit and experience nature firsthand, which are meant to foster a deeper understanding for the re-transformation of the Central European cultural landscapes into wilderness.


Professor Michael Succow and his deeply committed team are supported by an honorary foundation board and countless active volunteers. The foundation works in close co-operation with the Institute of Botany and Landscape Ecology of the Ernst-Moritz-Arndt University in Greifswald, as well as with many other national and international research facilities, i.e., the International Institute for Deserts, Flora and Fauna in Ashgabat, Turkmenistan.