The Foundation promotes the study and care of the environment in order to develop the dignity of the human being in harmony with his natural environment.
The Foundation has established the first Chair of Environmental Ethics in Spain at the University of Alcalá, aimed at promoting research and education on the ethical base of environmental conservation, as well as fostering an interdisciplinary reflection on the implications of these ethical postulates in the decisions made about the environment.
The Chair is managed by Emilio Chuvieco, Professor of Regional Geographic Analysis at that University.
The Foundation also encourages young people who want to focus their careers on scientific research in the environmental field through an annual call for predoctoral scholarship contracts. The requirements of the call are set by an Environmental Scientific Committee, formed by various renowned specialists in the environmental field, who are also in charge of selecting the candidates.
Furthermore, the Foundation has set up various environmental projects in their country estates situated in Ávila, Cáceres, Córdoba and Las Rozas (Madrid), Spain.
Chair of Environmental Ethics “Tatiana Pérez de Guzmán El Bueno Foundation – University of Alcalá”.
Under an agreement with the University of Alcalá, the Foundation has established the first Chair in Environmental Ethics in Spain, which is managed by Emilio Chuvieco, Professor of Geography at that University.
It is a research chair to better understand the philosophical and religious origin of environmental conservation, as well as to study specific areas of application of these principles.
Call for predoctoral scholarships in the environmental field
Every year, the Tatiana Pérez de Guzmán el Bueno Foundation announces scholarships / predoctoral contracts on environment for those young people who are going to carry out their doctoral thesis in an officially accredited doctorate programme in Spain.
The members of the Scientific Committee that advise the Foundation are appointed by the Board among experts and academic authorities of recognised prestige in the field.
- Emilio Chuvieco Salinero, Professor of Regional Geographic Analysis at the University of Alcalá. Director of the Chair of Environmental Ethics Tatiana Pérez de Guzmán el Bueno-University of Alcalá.
- Jose María Rey Benayas, Professor of Ecology at the University of Alcalá. President of the International Foundation for Ecosystem Restoration.
- Juan de la Riva Fernández, Professor of Regional Geographic Analysis at the University of Zaragoza.
- Alberto Garrido Colmenero, Professor of Agricultural Economics and Social Sciences. Director of the Research Centre for the Management of Agricultural and Environmental Risks (CEIGRAM).
- Javier García Cañete, Doctor in Forest Engineering from the Polytechnic University of Madrid. Director of the Education and Trends Observatory area of the Botín Foundation.
Project of an Environmental Reference Centre in Monte Paris estate (Las Rozas, Madrid)
The Monte Paris estate house, located in the town of Las Rozas, on the outskirts of Madrid, has characteristics that make it unique. The Foundation is working to make it the centre of reference for its activities related to the environment.
- Conservation of the estate as a sustainable natural environment, as a reference for its good practices.
- Collaboration with long-term environmental research.
- Carry out general environmental education activities.
- Promote agricultural research activity.
Environmental restoration at La Serrota (Ávila)
The Foundation is working on the restoration and environmental conservation of La Serrota estate, which is part of the Sierra de la Paramera and Serrota natural park, located in the province of Ávila, Spain, in the natural environment of Sierra de Gredos.
So far, 40 hectares have been reforested with 100,000 Pynus Sylvestris pine trees. The foresty plan presented by the Foundation has been approved by the Junta de Castilla y León, taking into account the protection values of the Natura 2000 network. The Foundation plans to adhere it to the sustainable forest certification seal.