How does my donation work?

1 € 



1 m2

of old-growth rainforest

forever and ensures that

60 kg


remain bound in the biomass of the forest

Tested & recommended!

The Phineo "Wirkt!" seal confirms that our work has a traceable effect and that we are a high-performance and transparent organization.


To obtain it, we were analyzed by independent experts over a period of six months in a four-stage process. 


The non-profit company Phineo offers independent and reliable verification of the effectiveness of social engagement. This saves private donors and companies that are looking for projects for impactful engagement the demanding and laborious effort of going into detail.


As a donor or partner, you can be sure that your contribution will be used effectively.


Wilderness International

This happens with a €1 donation to WI:

  • 38 CENT - Land purchase and purchase process
    In addition to the costs for the land purchase, costs for the notary and land register entry as well as property taxes are included here.

  • 19 CENT - Land purchase preparation - finding, researching and documenting relevant nature conservation areas

    In rapid assessments, we work with researchers to determine the biodiversity and CO₂ storage capacity of the area. Aerial images from drones help us to document the areas.

  • 18 CENT- Long-term protection and research
    The ecological integrity of the areas is monitored and ensured through regular visits, local partnerships and forest rangers on site. Environmental ambassadors and scientists visit the areas, conduct research together and experience the forest they are protecting.

  • 20 CENT - Environmental education and communication
    This portion flows directly into our projects, such as wilderness runs and environmental education projects with schools, workshops and our web platform.

  • 5 CENT - Administrative costs

Nature conservation. But effective.


In our impact report, we show you where your donation goes. And what we have already achieved together.

Wilderness International

Goals for sustainable development

Wilderness International
SDG 15: Life on land 

SDG 15 (= Sustainable Development Goal) calls for the protection and restoration of terrestrial ecosystems, especially forests, by 2030. 

Our work contributes to achieving this SDG.


Deforestation and the resulting soil degradation and desertification are ended. At the same time, we enable renaturation. Because only if existing nature is preserved can biodiversity spread again from there. This is an essential prerequisite for the restoration and rehabilitation of damaged forests, areas and soils - especially for those affected by desertification, drought and flooding. 

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SDG 13: Climate action

The global temperature rise is to be limited to 1.5 degrees Celsius by 2030. 10 - 15% of all annual emissions are caused by the destruction of forests and the draining of peatlands.


And the worst thing about it: for every tree we cut down, we not only emit more CO2 into the atmosphere, but are destroying our greatest ally in the fight against climate change.


By protecting existing high-carbon forests, we and our partners are helping to achieve SDG 13.

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SDG 14: Life below water

SDG 14 calls for the prevention and significant reduction of all forms of marine pollution, in particular from land-based activities, by 2025. 


When forests are cut down, their nutrient-rich topsoil is washed away by the rain. The soil is washed into the rivers, which become eutrophic and carry too many nutrients into the sea. So by protecting forests and their rivers, we are also preventing marine pollution and helping to achieve SDG 14. 

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SDG 6: Clean water

Water-linked ecosystems should be protected and restored by 2020. The various functions of the forest all contribute to achieving this SDG. 

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SDG 4: Quality education

This SDG aims to ensure "that all learners acquire the necessary knowledge and skills to promote sustainable development, including through education for sustainable development and sustainable lifestyles".


Our sponsored runs are an opportunity to make an ecological commitment: for the world's most biodiverse rainforests, for a healthy global climate and greener schools at home. 


20% of the donations collected at the Wilderness Run can be used for green projects at your own school. Ponds, gardens and insect hotels have already been created in school playgrounds and trees have been planted.

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12: Sustainable consumption

This sustainability goal calls for initiatives that encourage companies to introduce sustainable practices and include sustainability information in their reporting.


Partner companies work with us to protect forests and reduce their CO2-footprint. They usually involve their customers in the process. This is how we contribute to SDG 12.

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SDG 17: Partnerships to achieve the goals

Without our corporate partners, we would not be able to protect as much old-growth forest as we have so far. They take responsibility and in some cases even lead the way as pioneers in their industry with their commitment to protecting nature.


In line with SDG 17, we are building effective civil society partnerships to promote sustainability, particularly in the private sector.