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History
In 1995, the Studbook Breeding Programme Homopus was started to coordinate studbooks (captive breeding projects) on tortoises of the genus Homopus. This programme was supervised by the European overall studbook foundation "Stichting Overkoepelend Orgaan Stamboeken", now known as European Studbook Foundation (ESF).
In the course of time, the number of activities not directly related to studbook keeping, such as conducting scientific work within the captive populations and in the wild, increased. Therefore, it was decided to condense all activities in a new, broader organisation, named the Homopus Research Foundation. This new organisation was founded in 2000.
Aim
The Homopus Research Foundation aims to gather and distribute information on Homopus, in the benefit (directly or indirectly) of long-term survival of the species in the wild. This aim is realised by setting up captive studbook populations and studying these, and by studying Homopus species in their natural habitats. More information about the Homopus Research Foundation and its activities can be found here.

Collaborations
The Homopus Research Foundation collaborates closely with the University of the Western Cape, the Northern Cape Department of Environment and Nature Conservation, CapeNature, and the European Studbook Foundation. Furthermore, on an ad hoc basis the foundation collaborates with and has links to several other universities and institutions.

The Homopus Research Foundation and the environment
One threat to wild Homopus is climate change. The increasing emission of CO2 and other gasses fuel global warming, with potentially disastrous climatic changes (most notably droughts) in the southern African region as a result. In turn, this will affect habitats and biodiversity. Contributions to the slowing down of this process should therefore be considered contributions to the survival of Homopus in the wild. Many countries have agreed to reduce their CO2 emissions.
Managing captive Homopus populations in northern Europe requires a tremendous amount of energy, in order to imitate the warm southern African climate. Usually this energy is generated by burning fossil fuels, generating CO2 emission. However, an increasing number of tortoise keepers has the opportunity to purchase "green energy" (e.g., wind energy, solar energy, etc.), not contributing to global warming. The Homopus Research Foundation recommends the use of green energy among its studbook participants.

In order to conduct research in the natural habitat of Homopus, airplanes are used to get there. Also airplanes are an important cause of climatic change. Therefore, all research participants are requested to counterbalance their CO2 emission for flights by participating in compensation schedules.

The bank account of the Homopus Research Foundation is based at a bank that does not make profit at the expense of the world's most pressing environmental problems, such as the emission of CO2 and global warming. You can find more information here.

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