The Foundation

The mission of the European Environment Foundation (EEF) is to build a community of environmental leaders from all regions of the world. The EEF convenes winners of leading international environmental awards to allow them to share and exchange experience, ideas and innovative solutions for the world's most pressing challenges.  Each year, with the support of the City of Freiburg and the FWTM GmbH & Co. KG, the International Convention of Environmental Laureates brings together some 100 visionaries, to date from 40 countries. Find out more about the past Conventions and the participants.

The EEF was founded in 2011 as a non-profit foundation under Swiss law. It is domiciled in Basel/Switzerland.

The EEF supports environmental leaders in a number of ways:



The International Laureates Convention provides a unique opportunity for participants to connect and interact with individuals across multiple sectors including biodiversity, climate protection, conservation, environmental law and human rights, sustainable energy access.

Experience exchange


Winners of environmental prizes possess a wealth of experience and knowledge. The Laureates Convention and the EnviroNetwork online platform allow them to exchange their ideas and approaches to mutually inspire one another and to share lessons learned.



Getting to know each other’s work can lead to the creation of partnerships and joint projects.



Environmental laureates jointly have a powerful voice that speaks out for environmental sustainability and stewardship. To date, the EEF has facilitated three calls for action on climate change.