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Profile of registrant

Naturefriends International

Identification number in the register: 88140777010-24
Registration date: 25/10/11 11:20:05

The information on this organisation was last modified on 16/10/14 10:24:04
The date of the last annual update was 16/10/14 10:24:04

Registrant : Organisation or self-employed individual

Name/company name: Naturefriends International
Acronym: NFI
Legal status: non-profit association
Website address:


Section: III - Non-governmental organisations
and more precisely: Non-governmental organisations, platforms and networks and similar

Person with legal responsibility

Surname, Name: Mr  Christian Baumgartner
Position: Secretary General

Permanent person in charge of EU relations

Surname, Name: Seda Orhan (Defranceschi)
Position: Head of Brussels Office

Contact details:

Contact details of organisation's head office: 36 Diefenbachgasse 
Vienna A-1150
Telephone number: (+43) 1 892 38 77
Fax number: (+43) 1 812 97 89
Other contact information: EU Policy Office
Rue d'Edimbourg 26
B-1050 Brussels
Tel:+32 2 893 10 56

Goals / remit

Goals / remit of the organisation: NFI is an umbrella organisation of Naturefriends with 500’000 members in approximately 50member and/or partner organisations throughout the globe, the Naturefriends movement – which was founded in 1895 – is one of the largest non-governmental organisations (NGOs) worldwide. Our members are active in local groups and are represented in regional, national and federal associations.

Environmental protection and social justice are the causes espoused by the Naturefriends movement, which is global in character and democratic in structure. The focus of Naturefriends activities is on designing and implementing sustainability schemes for the environment and for the society at regional, national and international level. Naturefriends stand for

*tourism and leisure activities that are socially equitable and in tune with nature
*the protection, preservation and dynamic interpretation of our natural and cultural heritage
*the promotion of sustainable mobility as a contribution to climate protection

Naturefriends champion:

nature interpretation: Inspiring people to connect with and to preserve the natural environment and to introduce them to biodiversity have been major concerns of the Naturefriends movement from its very inception.
respectful sustainable tourism:Naturefriends advocate a socially, culturally and ecologically benign development of tourism.
climate protection:Naturefriends are actively engaged in environment and climate protection, organising pertinent campaigns and projects.
sustainable regional development: Naturefriends activities are designed to support regions in opting for sustainable tourism.
political commitment: Naturefriends are engaged in lobbying and educational activities as well as in intensive networking with a view to popularising issues relating to the environment, to the climate and to social policy at regional, national and international level.
worldwide solidarity: Naturefriends put in train intercultural projects and encounters and demand fair and respectful behaviour vis-à-vis all people, irrespective of their ethnicity, sex or religious beliefs.
The organisation's fields of interests are:
  • European
  • global

Number of persons engaged in activities falling under the scope of the Transparency Register

Number of persons: 2
Complementary information:

Persons accredited for access to European Parliament premises

No accredited persons


Main EU initiatives covered the year before by activities falling under the scope of the Transparency Register:

During this period, Seda Orhan Defranceschi and Christian Baumgartner have had contacts with members or officials of the EU institutions with the objective of influencing the policy development and decision-making processes of the European institutions ( including meetings, sending position papers and advocacy letters):

Sustainable Development in general and regional development: EU Strategy for the Danube Region, upcoming EU Strategy for the Alpine Region

Sustainable Tourism: EU Tourism Policy and initiatives

Climate Change: EU action for fighting climate change; EU climate and energy policies; tourism policies including support for sustainable transport

Energy: Exit from nuclear energy in Europe; support for renewable energies and energy savings and efficiency; environmental, social and health risks of shale gas and fracking

Fields of interest for e-mail alerts on consultations and roadmaps;

Fields declared by the organisation:
  • Agriculture and Rural Development
  • Climate Action
  • Culture
  • Development
  • Education
  • Employment and Social Affairs
  • Energy
  • Enlargement
  • Environment
  • External Relations
  • Justice and Fundamental Rights
  • Public Health
  • Regional Policy
  • Sport
  • Transport
  • Youth


Total number of members that are natural persons: 27
Number of member organisations: 27
Member organisations (Number of members) :
  • Naturefriends Austria (150,000 members)
  • Naturefriends Belgium-Flanders (3,900 members)
  • Union Francophone “Les Amis de la Nature (2,000 members)
  • Naturefriends Germany (85,000 members)
  • Naturefriends Finnland (2,000 members)
  • Naturefriends Danemark (100 members)
  • Naturefriends France (12,000 members)
  • Naturefriends Greece (750 members)
  • Naturefriends Italy (2,000 members)
  • Naturefriends Netherlands (30,000 members)
  • Naturefriends Romania (150 members)
  • Naturefriends Hungary (15,000 members)
  • Naturefriends Czech Republic (5,000 members)
  • Naturefriends Cyprus (250 members)
  • Young Naturefriends IYNF (22 members)
  • Naturefriends Togo (2,500 members)
  • Naturefriends Senegal (23,850 members)
  • Naturefriends Slovakia (3,000 members)
  • Naturefriends Switzerland (25,000 members)
  • Naturefriends Sweden (250 members)
  • Naturefriends Sudtirol (750 members)
  • Naturefriends Lihuania (250 members)
  • Naturefriends Portugal (250 members)
  • Naturefriends USA (1,200 members)
  • Naturefriends Cameroon (1,250 members)
  • Naturefriends Mali (1,000 members)
  • Naturefriends Burkina Faso (1,000 members)
The organisation has members/is represented in the following country(countries):

  • TOGO
Complementary information:


Information on (i) organisation's membership of any associations/federations/confederations or (ii) relationships to other bodies in formal or informal networks.

Green10, EEB, VISIT - Voluntary Initiatives for Sustainability in Tourism,Danube Competence Centre (DCC, EARTH Network for Sustainable Tourism, TEN Tourism Network

Financial data

Financial year: 01/2014 - 10/2014
Total budget: 828,978
of which public financing: 571,678
- from European sources:
- Procurement:
- Grants: 199,809
- from national sources: 222,402
- from local/regional sources: 149,467
from other sources: 257,300
- donations: 1,000
- contributions from members: 256,300
Estimated costs to the organisation directly related to representing interests to EU institutions in that year: < 50000  €
Other (financial) information provided by the organisation:

We support the improvement of the current register with giving the names of individual lobbyists and providing precise and comparable financial information on lobbying.we believe that this register fails basic transparency standards and does not provide EU lobbying transparency. For a start, to provide real transparency, the register should be mandatory rather than voluntary .

Code of conduct

By its registration the organisation has signed the Transparency Register Code of Conduct.