PanEco is an international non-profit foundation with headquarters in Switzerland. Our work focuses on nature conservation and environmental education in Indonesia and Switzerland. We implement our own projects and support local partner organisations by technical advice and funding.
Areas of work in Indonesia:
- Conservation of Sumatra orangutans
- Conservation of peat swamp forests
- Promotion of organic farming
Areas of work in Switzerland:
- Environmental education in the Zurich Weinland
- Conservation of birds of prey
- Promotion of global awareness
The PanEco Foundation was established in 1996. Its history is closely connected with the founder Regina Frey. The Swiss woman has been actively involved in the conservation of the habitat of the Sumatran orangutan in Indonesia since 1973.
After finishing her studies in biology at the University of Zurich, she travelled with a fellow student to Sumatra. On behalf of WWF International, the Indonesian government and the Frankfurt Zoological Society, the two women set up the first orangutan rehabilitation centre in Bukit Lawang in the Gunung Leuser National Park.
After returning to Switzerland, Regina Frey continued her active involvement in the projects she initiated or supported in Indonesia. The increased contact with organisations and state authorities made it necessary to institutionalise her work. As a result, in 1996 she established the non-profit PanEco Foundation with headquarters in Berg am Irchel, the place where Regina Frey grew up.See more