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Our Approach

PanEco is a non-profit, operational foundation based in the Zurich Weinland region. Our work is focused on the areas of nature and species conservation and also environmental education. We primarily run the following three programmes: the Sumatran Orangutan Conservation Programme in Indonesia as well as the Thurauen Nature Centre and the Berg am Irchel Bird of Prey Sanctuary in Switzerland. 

Our foundation goals

How we work

  • We run long-term programmes.
  • We are based locally, build up strong and lasting partnerships based on trust: with other NGOs, the local population and national authorities.
  • We know that nature conservation only succeeds when it is accompanied by a social process that awakens a fundamental understanding of its great importance: the successful protection of threatened habitats and species is the basis for human well-being.
  • Our work is grounded in science. Our programmes are based on the latest findings, and themselves actively contribute to the development of knowledge.


The staff of all programmes are directly employed by PanEco. In Indonesia, we work closely with our sister foundation YEL and other partners. The areas of administration, programme management, fundraising, communication and finance are the responsibility of staff at the PanEco office in Berg am Irchel.

Our programmes

Sumatran Orangutan Conservation Programme

With the SOCP, we are committed to holistic orangutan and rainforest conservation in Sumatra.

Thurauen Nature Centre

The Thurauen Nature Centre is located at the gateway to the largest floodplain conservation area in the region and is dedicated to environmental education. 

Berg am Irchel Bird of Prey Sanctuary

The Bird of Prey Sanctuary cares for injured birds of prey and owls and carries out environmental education. 



Our Annual Report 2023 is here!

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