The Danish Society for Nature Conservation is the biggest nature conservation and environmental organisation in Denmark. With the support of 140,000 members we work to protect nature and the environment. Our 95 branches and our 2,000 active members are our eyes and ears at local and regional levels.
In 1911 we started as an organisation mainly aiming at nature conservation and access to nature. Today we work with a broad range of issues concerning nature, our common environment, resources and consumption.
Our vision is a sustainable society with a rich and diverse nature and a clean and healthy environment.
Our daily work is performed by a secretariat of about 45 enthusiastic staff members. Some of us spend most of our time working on European and international issues.
European legislation is becoming increasingly important for our national policies. Most of the Danish environmental legislation emanates from Brussels. Since the late 1990’s we have focused more and more of our activities on European affairs. We also put considerable effort into generating attention to EU matters in Denmark. By keeping track of European developments we are able to make our views known to the Government, Members of Parliament and the public.
Environmental problems do not respect national borders, and our task does not end with keeping Denmark clean and green. We are working for green EU policies that protect nature and improve the quality of the environment in Europe and globally. The issues we work with include nature protection, chemicals, water, waste and agriculture. We are also lobbying to put the environment at the front of EU’s Sustainable Development Strategy and the so-called Lisbon Proces.
The Danish Society for Nature Conservation co-operates with several environmental organisations from around Europe. Our main partner at the European level is the European Environmental Bureau (EEB). EEB is a federation of over 140 environmental citizens organisations based in most EU Member States and a few countries from outside the EU. The aim of the EEB is to protect and improve the environment of Europe and to enable the citizens of Europe to play their part.