Who are we?

GREFA & Goupil Connexion

“Los aviones” Project at CEIPSO Príncipe Don Felipe (Boadilla)
ECA Training centre for environmental education (Madrid)
VALVERDENATURA, Valverde de Alcalá (Madrid)
Secondary School Simone Veil, Paracuellos del Jarama (Madrid)
Association Goupil Connexion, Laroque (France)
GREFA Wildlife Rescue Centre, Majadahonda (Madrid)
Interpretation Centre Villalar de los Comuneros (Valladolid)

Where are we?

Map with organizers, participants and collaborators

Goupil Connexion

The Goupil Connexion association was created in 1996 by veterinarian Marie-Pierre Puech and a group of collaborators in Languedoc, 40 kilometers north of Montpellier, southern France.

The mission of the association is to know, preserve, and promote local biodiversity in the territory of Les Garrigues, which includes “Les Causses” and “Les Cévennes.” These are two mountainous areas located in the southern part of the Central Massif in France, framed and protected as two natural areas.

The main objective is to facilitate encounters between nature and humans to acquire knowledge that enables action in favor of the environment. Understanding the fragility of these ecosystems is essential to jointly valorize our territory.

The work is based on a simple idea: “You have to discover to know, and you have to know to act.” For this purpose, the association collaborates with local communities, with a particular focus on children and young people, farmers, herders, and peasants, among others.

GREFA Wildlife Rescue Centre

GREFA Wildlife Rescue Centre is a Spanish organization dedicated to the conservation of biodiversity and environmental protection. It has three main activities:

  1. Wildlife Hospital: Located in Majadahonda, Madrid, this hospital has treated more than 60,000 animals in 40 years. It is considered the largest and most active in Europe in its field. It has a rescue team, a nursery for raising orphaned or injured animals, and captive breeding projects for endangered species.
  2. Conservation: GREFA is involved in the reintroduction of species into their natural habitat. This involves releasing animals that have been rehabilitated in the hospital and monitoring their progress using telemetry (GPS). They also work on projects aimed at preventing environmental hazards and protecting biodiversity.The Biological Control project, which started in 2009 and has distributed around 3,000 nesting boxes primarily in the fields of Castilla y León, as well as in five other autonomous communities. This project is designed to support biodiversity, especially in agro-steppic ecosystems, but further efforts are needed to achieve its full success.
  3. Environmental Education: GREFA conducts environmental education activities, including visits, practical programs, and volunteer opportunities.