Brown Bear Foundation

The Brown Bear Foundation (Fundación Oso Pardo, FOP, by its initials in Spanish) is a conservationist NGO created in 1992 with the aim of contributing to the study and conservation of the brown bear, its habitat and the cultural and natural environment in which this endangered species lives.

The Foundation counts on a multidisciplinary team of scientists and experts in biodiversity conservation as well as environmental, communications and education staff and the guards that constitute the Bear Patrols.

The philosophy that guides the work of FOP is based on the development of management experiences that demonstrate the feasibility of coexistence between human activities and a wild bear population. Our work extends into the following fields: the conservation and restoration of high interest habitats to the species, bear population monitoring, applied research to management, the fight against poaching, environmental training and education, and the prevention of conflicts between bears and human beings.
We understand the importance of the bear’s social acceptance in the Pyrenees and the Cantabrian areas where the bears live, and for this reason we promote a positive image of the bear as an element of rural development that can foster sustainable tourism activities and the trade of craft products, supported by the image of the bear as a quality symbol and brand.
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