The Tuscany Environment Foundation (TEF) will aim to protect and enhance the natural beauty, biodiversity and eco-systems of the much loved Tuscan environment for the benefit of all by:
Raising funds from people and businesses with strong connections to Tuscany, to support the best local organisations working to sustain the diverse natural assets of the region.
Supporting projects which bring both economic and social renewal to local communities, and which can be scaled up and replicated across the territory.
Building a strong network of people across Tuscany, united in boosting the work of local environmental champions.
A Steering Committee (SC), comprised of founding & actively involved donors, direct the strategy. They analyse & approve grants & use their personal networks to broaden the base of supporters. SC members have a wide array of backgrounds & interests, but all share a passion for protecting & restoring the outstanding natural beauty of Tuscany.
Our local team consists of the local Executive Director in charge of day-to-day management & coordination of work on the ground, assisted by advisors & the SC.
Ed Cutler is the Executive Director of the TEF. He was born, raised and schooled in Britain but developed a passion for Italy at a young age which grew into a full-blown love affair through art history and jobs in Venice and Rome, then marriage to a Roman before moving permanently to the country in 2009. From 2014 he worked in environmental technologies and also became an organic farmer in the southern end of Tuscany known as the Maremma, where he continues to produce extra virgin olive oil. Having known Ben Goldsmith for years, he was moved to set up the Tuscany Environment Foundation in 2020 while on lockdown with the family on the farm, the close contact with the landscape forcing the need to find a way to give something back to the territory which has become his home. Ed brings with him years of experience working in Italy in both private and public realms, an undying passion for nature and a constant curiosity for new technologies and initiatives that help shift us towards better, more respectful behaviour as custodians of the planet. He is based between Rome and Tuscany.
Grants and Scientific Officer
Roman by birth and Tuscan by adoption. Flavio Monti is a biologist with more than 10 years of working experience in the field of ecology and conservation biology. He obtained the title of PhD with a joint degree from the Université de Montpellier (France) and the University of Ferrara (Italy). He is currently involved in research and conservation programs of migratory birds and coastal and marine ecosystems in the Mediterranean region. Since 2006, he collaborated on the reintroduction project of the osprey in Tuscany, contributing to its historic return as a breeding species in Italy (after more than 40 years from its extinction). His interests range from ornithology to applied research in the field of environment and human-wildlife conflicts for proper management of species and habitats. He has published many articles in peer-reviewed scientific journals, as well as monographs, book chapters and popular articles. Flavio is the scientific advisor of the TEF and produced the Scoping report – which contains an overview of Tuscany’s varied environment, it’s threats and it’s local champions, used to guide the TEF in the early stages of its creation.
How we work
Channelling funds from businesses & philanthropists to grassroots nature regeneration projects:
Seeking to build local coalitions that catalyse systemic change.
Tapping into our network of experts to ensure we support the projects offering the largest returns for nature.
Providing projects with vital funds to scale their impact.
Attracting new sources of environmental funding by showcasing what can be achieved by nature regeneration.
Helping donors achieve net zero emissions by coupling their carbon reductions with our nature regeneration projects.
Filling a gap by being agile, unbureaucratic, and ‘getting stuff done’.
Pooling funds and creating leverage for each donor to share in the successes generated by total TEF funds raised.