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Lighthouse Foundation - Foundation for the seas and oceans

Our Motivation

Earth's oceans are what give our planet its identity - the blue planet, the watery globe. They are the cradle of life, the region with the highest level of biodiversity we know, an irreplaceable source of food, a source and a storage chamber in world-scale chemical and energy cycles, the engine of earth's climate. The oceans determine the nature and quality of the biosphere far beyond their coastlines. They are the sustaining, all-encompassing element in the global biosphere.

The Lighthouse Foundation supports integrated and long-term approaches in the relationship between humans and the marine environment within the context of sustainable development.


Lighthouse Foundation

Mönckebergstr. 22
D-20 095 Hamburg


Our Organisation

In the year 2000 the Lighthouse Foundation was established as a charitable foundation in German civil law, domiciled in Hamburg (Az.: PA 4/922.31-64(1870); Senatskanzlei der Freien und Hansestadt Hamburg, 1.Sept. 2000). The Foundation’s purpose is to promote science and research, teaching, culture, and the principles of environmentalism and international development in relation to the world’s seas and oceans.

Through an initiative of the Hamburg business community, 25 million euro was contributed to the Foundation as endowment capital, and the yield on this capital finances the Foundation’s activities. The Foundation works primarily in a sponsoring role, yet maintains close contact with the projects it supports.

As a forward-looking institution with a practical approach, the Foundation’s work is coordinated by a small core team. The Foundation is supervised by a three-person Board of Trustees consisting of a representative of a Hamburg bank, an attorney at law and a representative of the Hamburg media industry.

Lighthouse Foundation, Office Kiel:

Kanalstraße 67a
D-24 159 Kiel
Tel: +49 (0)431 668 468 0
Fax: +49 (0)431 668 468 11

Satzung der Lighthouse Foundation

Our Vision - a just future for all human beings on our ‘blue planet’

Our Mission - the promotion of integrated sustainable development processes and responsible behaviour to protect our marine environment

Our Strategy - supporting projects which aim to solve problems in marine locations, as an example of the feasibility of sustainable development. Highlighting the interdependence of humans and the sea, and bringing about a better public understanding of marine issues.

What does that mean for our work?

The founding of the Foundation is based on the insight that the current development of humanity will lead to a great failure. This is the message of the first and second Rio Conferences, and of all the developmental goals that humanity has shared since then. Whether we will leave this path is uncertain. Therefore, it is important to strengthen communities that want something different and to strengthen the resilience of exemplary developments.

What should stay, that must change. The global crisis requires comprehensive change in all areas in order to enable a world worth living for in the future as well. This is not easy, but small steps will not help. The readiness to question nearly everything is difficult for most people and requires a lot of courage and energy. We help.

The future is not predetermined. Despite all the gloomy predictions and low probabilities, it is worth working with the optimism and creativity on a roadmap for a good future for all of us. Because without this map and waypoints for orientation and reflection, we will not find the way. We build with.

What is the added value?
Dealing with these issues is a major challenge for our project partners, because dealing with complex, uncertain issues always has an effect on the organization itself. Therefore, we support our project partners also in the indispensable personal and institutional development.

Büro Kiel


Donation account:

Foerde Sparkasse

Lighthouse Foundation

IBAN DE36 2105  0170 1003 9417 52