About us

EDEN Endowment Fund

Shared interest in ecology and activity on smaller projects

Our endowment fund is made up of people mainly outside of professional nature conservation, but with a long-standing practical interest in ecology. After many years of working on smaller projects, we have decided to systematically work to support our Czech nature on a larger scale than our current conditions allowed.

Our goals

Biodiversity Islands

A mosaic of nature-friendly biodiverse areas that will help break up the landscape into multiple habitats and upset the monocultural nature of the landscape. There will be an increase in species diversity and the resilience of the landscape to 'over-breeding calamities' of one species.

Purchase of territories

We are trying to buy up land that has been farmed by people (neglected fields, meadows, logged forest areas) to make room for the creation of a new natural area. We are also interested in areas that have long been abandoned by people, where nature has returned without human intervention and which are potentially threatened.

How do we want to achieve this?

In fields, logged forest units, non-functional meadows and previously intensively used areas, we sensitively recultivate the biotope so that it corresponds as much as possible to the situation that existed in the area before the entry of people with intensive influence on nature. Our primary focus is on the creation of wetland or floodplain forests. This will create sheltered areas and retain water in the landscape. As wetland forests are among those critically endangered, we will help create new habitats for organisms attached to such an enclave.

We buy up areas that people stopped managing years ago and where an interesting natural habitat has developed over the years. It is important to realise that nature and its relationships are extremely dynamic, and individual organisms will immediately begin to occupy a new environment as soon as people allow it. Even such areas are attractive and promising for us (carelessly exploited and managed watercourse floodplains, alluvial meadows, carelessly reclaimed, destroyed wetlands, agriculturally neglected sites, excavated clay fields, surface quarries, etc.).

Support us!

How can you support our work and help to maintain the diversity of our landscape?

Forms of support

The most common form of support is financial support for specific projects. You can support us by sending any amount to our bank account listed on the contact page. Or donate directly on the project page.

Our team

Prof. MUDr.
Michal Michal

Chairman of the Board of Directors of the NF

He is a doctor, professor at the Faculty of Medicine of Charles University in Pilsen, owner of Bioptic Laboratory Plzeň s.r.o. For many years he has been following the events in the Czech and world nature. The definitive impulse for active entry into nature conservation is the increasingly drying up of the Czech landscape. Prof. Michal is the organizational engine of the whole foundation.

David Michal

Member of the Board of Directors of the NF

His professional life has been closely connected with Bioptic Laboratory Ltd. for more than 20 years. Currently, David holds the position of Proxy and Chief Operating Officer. With his valuable practical experience, David is a great asset in the care of our extensive grounds, wetlands and ponds.

Karel Makoň

Member of the Board of Directors of the NF

Professional conservationist, chairman of DESOP Plzeň. Since 1992 he has been the head of the Wildlife Rescue Station in Pilsen. He has made thousands of trips to injured animals, habitat modifications, rescue transfers and professional projects. He is well known for his promotion of ecology, educational activities in schools and also conducts training for Integrated Rescue System units, among other things.

Ondrej Hes

Prof. MUDr.
Ondřej Hes, PhD.

Member of the NF Board of Trustees in memoriam

He is a physician, professor at the Faculty of Medicine of Charles University in Pilsen. Since his youth he has been interested in nature, especially herpetofauna and entomofauna. In addition to his professional career he is the author of dozens of articles on reptiles and amphibians, 5 books on the same topic. Since 2009 he has been actively involved in the protection and creation of wetland habitats within the DESOP rescue station in Pilsen.

Doc. MUDr.
Michael Michal PhD.

Chairman of the Supervisory Board of the NF

He is a physician, assistant professor at the Faculty of Medicine of Charles University in Pilsen. In the Eden Foundation he represents young blood, inspiring minds and is a guarantee that the fund will be in line with modern times.

Zdeněka Dušková

Member of the Supervisory Board of the NF

Director of Bioptic Laboratory Ltd. in Pilsen. Her experience in managing a large company helps to organize the entire Eden Foundation. At work it is important for the director that every year, when we look back at the past year, we can say that we have again done a beautiful job, that we are again much further ahead and that we were not here for nothing. And this also applies to the work of the Foundation.

Anna Berdychová MBA

Member of the Supervisory Board of the NF

After years spent in the management of large international corporations, she works as the CFO of Bioptic Laboratory s.r.o. in Pilsen. She decided to contribute her experience to the running of the Eden Foundation. Her years of experience in finance and administration guarantee that the foundation will be perfectly managed financially.

Anna Němcová

Social media

She is the professional secretary of Bioptic Laboratories Ltd., takes care of social media (Instagram, Facebook, LinkedIn) and also answers questions from the public that come in through the contact form. Do not hesitate to contact our social media guru, she will always answer you.

Our Partners

Organizations and entities we cooperate with


Here you can download all important documents related to the EDEN Endowment Fund