About us

Terra is a charitable foundation, founded in 1994 and registered in Spain. We are based in Barcelona.


Our Vision:

  • Our world in balance.

Our Mission:

  • Support scientific research to understand the mechanisms and impacts of global change and develop solutions for the climate emergency.

Our Theory of Change

Terra supports scientific research that shows evidence of the changes going on around us. Our aim is to understand the mechanisms and impacts of global change, especially as these affect the Mediterranean basin, a global hotspot for climate change.

Terra disseminates the evidence of change through its high-impact website https://www.terra.org/

Terra develops practical solutions based on the science, to mitigate future climate change and to help people adapt to the changes taking place.

With the scientific evidence, and the solutions, we aim to create a change in attitudes and behaviours that will lead to a sustainable, just, transition to a world in balance.

Our Strapline

  • Science and solutions for the #emergenciaclimática.


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Our science partner is CREAF, the leading ecology research centre in Spain. Terra and CREAF have signed a contract (‘Conveni’ in Catalan) to work together, to share resources and information.

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Fundaciones por el Clima

Terra is an active member of the Spanish branch of Philanthropy for Climate, ‘Fundaciones por el Clima’ 

Our people

Dr Javier Retana, President of Terra Foundation, is Professor of Ecology at the Autonomous. University of Barcelona and researcher at CREAF. His research is focused on forest dynamics and the effects of disturbances, in particular fire, on animal and plant communities and ecosystem services, including carbon and water. He has published more than 250 papers, more than 160 of them in international scientific SCI journals.

Christopher Carnie, Director of Terra Foundation, has a BSc Hons in Environmental Sciences from the University of Southampton. He is a consultant and researcher in philanthropy and fundraising, and the author of three books and numerous chapters and blogs on the subject. He teaches strategy in the University of Barcelona’s Postgraduate Certificate in Fundraising. Chris lives near Barcelona, and is the author of the ecology blog about life in the Catalan countryside, ‘Crofting Catalunya’.

Javier Retana

Dr. Javier Retana


Christopher Canie

Christopher Carnie


Dr. Francisco Lloret

Dr. Francisco Lloret

woman member

Dra. Teresa Franquesa Codinach

man member

Dr. José Antonio Bonet

man member

Dr. Miguel Alonso

Our Finances

Terra’s income comes from three sources:

  • Our ‘Ona Solar’ energy plants
  • Projects – ours, and collaborative projects
  • Donations from the public, trusts and foundations, and companies

If you would like a copy of our accounts, contact us at info (@) terra.org.

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