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elf-logoELF was established by the forty conservationists and natural scientists in 1991. Since January 1999, ELF is the foundation. ELF is non-governmental, both politically and economically independent organization for environmental protection. ELF’s logo is the rare flying squirrel that lives in the hollows of old aspens found in 80 locations in Estonia.

Important milestones

1991, February 1 – Establishment of ELF, initiation of 18 projects.

1992 – Helping to set up three nature reserves: Alam-Pedja, Karula and Soomaa.

1993 – Inventory of Estonia’s wetlands – Wetstonia.

1994 – Member of the International Union for the Conservation of Nature and Natural Resources (IUCN).

1995 – Inventory of Estonia’s primeval forests in order to map the natural heritage.

1996 – Ramsari’s Report – the Government of the Republic endorsed 9 Ramsari’s areas out of 12 studied by ELF.

1997 – Book “Wooded meadows” that summarizes the work of the previous years.

1998 – Beginning of working camps (according to the statistics from 2006, 13398 working hours have been spent in almost 20 locations with 2116 participants in 89 events).

1999 – Beginning of the environmental agency “Roheline Värav” (Greengate).

2000 – Introducing Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) in Estonia; the first certificate was given to Lembit Laks. Tabasalu Recreational Park was established.

2001 – Enforcement of protection regulation for grey seals.

2002 – Organizing Birdeurovision/Eurovision Bird Song Contest in Estonia and Environmental Festival in Ööbikuoru.

2003 – 118 cases under proceedings of the free environmental legal help, including 13 court cases.

2004 – Detection of whales in Estonian waters.

2005 – Nature conservation database covers most of Estonia’s habitat types and natural riches.

2006 – There are 25 working projects managed by ELF with 20 paid and 10 volunteer workers. Offices locate in Tallinn and Tartu. Estonia's ecological footprint is ca 50ha and ELF's budget amounts to ca 7 million EEK.
2006 - planning restoration one of the biggest and less affected bogs in Estonia - Kuresoo
2007 - invetories of marine areas are initiated and 2 proposal are already initiated for conservation of new areas. One of them - protection of Gretagrund shallow - has been approved by the government in 2010.
2008 - Let's do it! With help of 50 000 volunteers app. 10 000 t of illegal waste was collected.
2009-2010 Inventory of 12 000 Estonian mires
2011 - Planning Let's do it 2011. In addition there are 30 working projects managed by ELF with 15 paid and 10 volunteers. Offices locate in Tallinn and Tartu. ELF's budget amounts to 0,9 million EUR.

Related materials

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