From 1998 - 2003
Creation of the entity
It all began on December 22, 1998. We were not even ten people and we did not call ourselves as you know us now. We were few with a very long name: "Fundación Centro de Estudio y Conservación de la Biodiversidad".
From 2004 - 2008
In 2004 we launched our new institutional image, the organization became more professional by expanding our team with specialists in different areas and we began international cooperation.
We signed agreements
With the main Spanish and international conservation organizations and also with the media.
We created a Land Stewardship Platform
The Land Stewardship Platform seeks to become a meeting place for all stewardship networks and organizations that carry out their activities in Spain, providing support and encouraging them to continue working along these lines.
Launch of the Empleaverde Program
The Empleaverde Program of the Ministry for Ecological Transition and the Demographic Challenge is the initiative of the Biodiversity Foundation to promote and improve employment, entrepreneurship and the environment.
From 2009 - 2013
First LIFE Project
We achieved our first major LIFE+ INDEMARES project, which has contributed to the protection and sustainable use of biodiversity in the Spanish seas through the study, characterization and inclusion of areas in the Natura 2000 Network.
In 2011 the #Emprendeverde Network of the #Empleaverde Program was born. It is the largest network of green entrepreneurship in Spain.
Virtual space to inform citizens about the Spanish Inventory of Natural Heritage and Biodiversity.
Project whose objective is to contribute to the Action Plan for the Integrated Maritime Policy in the Mediterranean (Directive 2008/56/EC) by promoting sustainable fishing practices on benthic communities and the exchange of information on good practices among stakeholders to achieve habitat conservation.
Spain, as a signatory member of the CBD, promoted the Spanish Business and Biodiversity Initiative in 2013 through the Biodiversity Foundation of the Ministry for Ecological Transition and the Demographic Challenge. Its aim is to integrate natural capital into business policy and management, to value the contribution of large companies to the conservation of natural heritage and to channel private financing to conserve biodiversity.
In 2013 we launched a project to promote sustainable fishing ECOSAFIMED and launched the IEEB (Spanish Business and Biodiversity Initiative). Also in that year we launched our Advisory Board.
From 2014 - 2018
First Green Circular Day
The First Green Circular Day was born in 2015 and that same year we started receiving international awards from the European Commission and the European Institute of Public Administrations.
The Red emprendeverde (ReV) offers a set of free services to help create and consolidate Spanish green businesses. In 2016 this network reached 8,000 members.
In 2017 we started the management of the largest marine conservation project in Europe, LIFE-IP INTEMARES, and the Pleamar Program was born to work on the protection of marine biodiversity and the practice of more sustainable fishing and aquaculture activities.
In 2018, coinciding with our 20th anniversary, we opened new headquarters and moved from occupying an institutional office building to settle at street level.
Spanish Red Cross Gold Medal
Fundación Biodiversidad receives in 2018 the Gold Medal of the Spanish Red Cross for its trajectory.