All my life the love of nature has accompanied me. The forest holds a special space in my heart. It is a great gift to experience the wakening birds early in the morning, to stroll through the forest and to immerse in an natural world. Forest is life and forest creates life. I never thought that I would one day acquire the ownership of a forestry company in the German state of Brandenburg. I am very grateful for that.
Why the decision to use this forest enterprise? For a future-oriented endowment work is not a coincidence. Life was and is still good to me. I was able to get to know the African continent on many trips with my wife. We saw a lot of human suffering and poverty. This is no surprise if you look at the excessive exploitation and the arbitrary divsion on the African continent beginning in the time of colonialism and still going on. My concern is to take effective action against the poor living conditions of the people living there. In particular an improvement in education and training is of utmost importance. The foundation's work will be focused on this area.
The forest brought into the foundation will be a base. It is a valuable habitat for many animal and plant species. The forest offers peace and relaxation to us humans. It is a climate protector, air filter, water and oxygen storage. The income of the sustainable forestry will be used directly for foundation purposes.
The Foundation "Forest Creates Future" exclusively and directly pursues charitable purposes. The promotion of development cooperation is in the foreground. The purpose of the foundation in particular is achieved by developing and financing primarily smaller projects in developing countries. Professionally suitable organizations help people to help themselves or co-finance already existing projects. In addition to the mentioned area of education, aspects of medical care, hygiene, access to water and healthy, self-produced food should also play a role. Also in focus for the Foundation's interests is the promotion of environmental protection. This means effective actions to the adaptation of the climate change, for example research and use of appropriate seed and seedlings to safeguard human nutrition. Another purpose is to manage waste prevention and the recycling of waste and recyclables that pollute the environment.
I wish all participants the foundations, the donors, the beneficiaries and all interested persons a trusting relationship and effective foundation work.