The news in winter 2014 about the establishment of The Danish Nature Fund (Den Danske Naturfond), marked a historic turning point for the Danish nation and its foundations. VILLUM FONDEN has contributed to the creation of the fund.
Historic for Denmark as The Danish Nature Fund is the first-ever independent national fund created in aid of, and as a boost to, Denmark’s natural heritage.
Historic for Danish foundations because The Danish Nature Fund is a unique example of a public-private partnership in which the state and two different private foundations, VILLUM FONDEN and Aage V. Jensen Nature Foundation joined forces to create a fund that will fulfill a purpose of great importance to society.
The partnership between the State, VILLUM FONDEN and Aage V. Jensen Nature Foundation resulted in December 2014 in a bill passed by the Danish Parliament. The Act on The Danish Nature Fund was enacted on 1 January 2015 marking the formal establishment of the fund.
Pursuant to the agreement, the state, VILLUM FONDEN and Aage V. Jensen Nature Foundation allocated DKK 500 million, DKK 250 million and DKK 125 million respectively to the Danish Nature Fund. In addition, the state will also pay DKK 49 million to the fund for the day to day operations, to ensure that all the fund's other resources and grants will be used for nature conservation projects.
The Danish Nature Fund is an independent commercial fund pursuant to several claims under the Act on The Danish Nature Fund to ensure open a good administration. In addition, the act stipulates that, as a rule, the fund should give the public free access to its areas, as is the case for publicly owned land.
The first project of The Danish Nature Fund was to introduce a flock of wild horses in Mols Bjerge, Djursland at the beginning of 2016.