Trésor Foundation Utrecht
The Trésor projectThe Trésor Foundation, founded in 1995, owns about 2,450 hectares of tropical rainforest in French Guiana. The French government has recently added 1,500 hectares to this area, which is administered, through an agreement, by the local ?Association Trésor? on behalf of and in consideration with the Foundation.
The three main goals of the reserve are:
A high biodiversity
Inventory researches by Dutch and foreign scientists show that the Trésor Reserve has a very high biodiversity in which seven different biotopes can be distinguished and which are mostly in primeval state and are therefore worth protecting.
Management, information and education
Two foresters/information officers perform all the necessary activities on location, assisted by a group of volunteers. A reception building with varying exhibitions and a nature trail of 2 km make it possible to receive visitors. There are special programmes for school classes.
Sponsors and donors
In The Netherlands the Foundation is supported by the University of Utrecht, several sponsors from the business community, WWF and many donors. There is an adoption system for donors and more than 26,000 m² have meanwhile been adopted.
In French Guiana the 'Association' is supported by the board of Environmental Conservation of the ministry and a few sponsors.
Most of the costs are the paying off the acquisition loan and the salaries of the foresters/information officers..