Alongside its emblematic cultural status, Tuscany is also one of the most biodiverse and environmentally abundant regions of Europe. With an area of 23,000km2 (the same size as Belize), it contains a multitude of ecological hotspots in diverse habitats, from coastal wetlands, hot springs and uninterrupted rivers, through precious island refuges, to the ancient forests of the Apennines.
However, many of its natural wonders are threatened by a changing climate, unsustainable agricultural and forest management practices, illegal fishing, plastic pollution and poor air quality in the main cities, further impacted by mass tourism particularly around the coast in the summer.
There are already many excellent grass-roots initiatives in Tuscany, often lacking critical funds to achieve their long-term goals. There is huge potential to boost these initiatives and enable them to make a far greater impact.
The Tuscany Environment Foundation supports projects in the following areas: