Giving Back

Supporting the protection of the environment, animals and society of Corfu.
Being blessed to live in a paradise like Corfu, we, the business members of Corfu Finest Selection, aim to give back what we have so bountifully received. We envision a healthy environment and society for this island, whilst focusing on the two major industries, agriculture and tourism. We are concerned about the harmful effects of both trades and want to raise awareness of sustainability to ensure that Corfu remains a paradise for everyone to enjoy. Our selected charitable organisations each contribute to an individual part of our mission and rely on charitable donations to protect and preserve the aspects of Corfu which need support.

Animal Welfare

It is well known that there is a large stray animal population on the island of Corfu. To improve the lives of the growing numbers of cats and dogs living on the streets, we believe in the humane practice of sterilisation. By neutering as many stray cats and dogs in Corfu, it reduces the number of strays and gives the animals a better chance at life. Networks of volunteers from various charities continuously work all across the island by setting up feeding stations and providing mobile veterinary care. Few charities have the space to provide shelter, but some provide temporary accommodation and foster homes whilst searching for people to permanently house animals as pets. We believe in fair treatment, respect and love for all animals, so we have chosen to support local animal welfare organisations, CARE and NINE LIVES GREECE by donating funds to their causes. We believe they have a significant impact in Corfu and want to help them continue saving the lives of cats and dogs. For more information please visit www.carecorfu.com and www.ninelivesgreece.com.

Sea Protection/Beach Cleaning

Thousands of visitors from across the globe are drawn to Corfu each year for its beautiful blue sea and stunning coastline. With a grand total of 57 beaches, the island’s coastline stretches for a huge 217km, housing a wealth of flora and fauna and making Corfu a natural paradise. We need to maintain the inevitable effects of our busy tourist industry and the preservation of our beautiful coastline. We want to increase the overall awareness for islanders, tourists and businesses alike to take personal responsibility for their waste management to ensure the wildlife of Corfu is protected. We have chosen to support the Ionian Environment Foundation as they focus on restoring the balance to the Ionian Sea. They aim to ensure that both humans and nature prosper and benefit from one other for many years to come. The organisation focuses on marine conservation, fresh water, landscape and biodiversity, waste management, renewable energy and sustainable tourism – all of which are crucial in conserving the land and sea of Corfu to maintain its wildlife and natural beauty. For more information please visit www.ionianenvironment.org.

Forest Protection

The island of Corfu is home to over 1,800 different plant species, as well as hundreds of species of birds, mammals and reptiles. The Ionian Foundation recognise that the landscapes, ecosystems and species on Corfu have now been heavily burdened by human activities such as tourism and construction. Although bringing in revenue and employment, both have often come at a great cost to nature. Even waste management has taken a vast toll on nature. We want to maintain the balance of nature using the concept of sustainable tourism. The aim of sustainable tourism is to try and leave a positive impact on the environment you’re visiting as a tourist. To achieve this in Corfu we need to ensure natural landscapes, resources and wildlife are protected when developing authentic tourism activities. We will be supporting The Ionian Foundation as they have established the need to protect land from the growing pressures of tourism. They believe it has become critical to work towards protecting the essence of what has made the Ionian Islands prosperous. For more information please visit www.ionianenvironment.org.

Organic Agriculture

The fertile soil of Corfu is known for its ability to grow countless varieties of fruit and vegetable, but the use of chemical pesticides threaten both our health and the environment too. Specific types of fruit and vegetables that grow on Corfu depend on pollination from insects such as lemons, watermelons and cucumbers. By transitioning away from the use of dangerous pesticides and focusing on education, we can teach the traditions of sustainable agriculture and learn how to respectfully grow produce and maintain the balance of our ecosystem to make sure what we’re putting into our body is safe. Corfu has had issues in the past with waste management, but by composting, we can reduce the amount of waste that is sent to landfill and reuse it to grow produce, which in turn positively effects our environment. We’ll be supporting both Corfu Agro and Mazi Farm who focus on regenerative agriculture through education. They teach ways of farming through workshops and prove its effectiveness through growing organic produce themselves. For more information please visit www.corfuagro.com and www.mazifarm.com.