The Foundation Save The Native Forest (STNF) is based in The Netherlands.
STNF has the following tasks:
To be able to do the actual work of protecting the rainforest in the Amazon in Ecuador and to be able to act in a legal way, with local knowledge and local help, STNF initiated the founding of another foundation in Ecuador, called Conservemos Nuestros Bosques Nativos (CNBN). STNF stays very well informed about the current situation in Ecuador, always directly and if necessary on a daily basis.
Entering the Ecuadorian Amazon, I always feel so intensely happy. All this oxygen and energy makes you feel good right away and also the richness of life all around you is overwhelming. Since my first trip in 1997 I have met many friends there and also my husband, who have all taught me lots about the rainforest.
In 2010 I was asked for the television series ‘Waar is de Mol ? with tv personality Johnny de Mol in the Netherlands. I was allowed to choose the location anywhere in the world. My dream and deepest wish was to go to the Amazon and be able to meet an indigenous tribe . That dream became a reality and changed me profoundly.
Nicole Mathot has worked over 25 years in development cooperation for non governmental organisations such as Save the Children, CILC, Oxfam and ActionAid. In addition to her current work as a free lance consultant on land rights & gender she also works as a senior program officer for CNV Internationaal on inclusive economic development, gender justice and sustainable supply chains. Nicole has worked in Africa, Asia and Latin America and has a special interest in indigenous peoples' land rights. She has been in the Amazon in Ecuador herself where she has firsthand seen the negative impact of oil companies on the rainforest.
“When I was younger I was very attracted to nature and the forests all around me, every day I examined all different sort of insects and other animals. I was also very interested in nature and its miracles. When I grew a little bit older I started to actually understand the value of nature. This was the reason I got upset about people ruining nature because they wanted to profit from nature, just for them self. Although nature is so valuable for every one of us, in my opinion some don’t seem to get that.
“When I was seven I saw an advertisement for the Amazon on TV about how the forest was being destroyed so rapidly and, for me most importantly at that moment, how the most magical animals were on the edge of extinction. So I was seven when I first told my mom: “I am going to buy the rainforest, so that it is under my protection!”. I never forgot what I said that day, so when I was sixteen I first tried to start a foundation concerning the conservation of the rainforest.