The long-term protection of the crane and its breeding, resting and gathering areas has a tradition of more than 30 years at the Lufthansa Group. Emphasis is placed on the Crane Protection Germany working group, which the Lufthansa Group founded in 1991 together with Naturschutzbund Deutschland (NABU) and the environmental foundation WWF Deutschland (World Wide Fund For Nature). In particular, the working group supports projects that help ensure the survival of the Eurasian crane, but is also involved in numerous projects in Africa and Asia concerned with research on and protection of crowned, wattled, white-naped and sarus cranes.
The Lufthansa Group is continuing its successful cooperation with NABU (Naturschutzbund Deutschland e.V.). As a partner of Kranichschutz Deutschland gGmbH (Crane Protection Germany), the Group will continue to work to protect endangered bird species in the future. The partners are building on joint successes in recent years, such as the construction of the barrier-free crane observation station KRANORAMA on Lake Günzer or the NABU crane centre in Groß Mohrdorf.
The Crane Information Center, operated by Crane Protection Germany in Groß Mohrdorf, plays an important role. It allows visitors a nature-friendly way of observing the estimated 125,000 cranes that rest every year in late summer and early fall in the regions around the Darß-Zingst peninsula and near Rügen to prepare for the continuation of their journey south. Employees of the Lufthansa Group regularly work at the center as volunteer rangers in the area of environmental education.
The Lufthansa Orchestra was founded in 2011 and has already more than 65 active musicians from different group companies from various job profiles and many locations. The ensemble is established within the Lufthansa cultural life and performs for employees of the Lufthansa Group and friends in Germany and abroad.
The Lufthansa Choir was founded in 2016 and unites about 60 singers from the Group companies and different company locations. In 2017, the choir gave a spring concert in Wiesbaden, and also appears together with the Lufthansa Orchestra, for example in April 2018 with the Brahms Requiem in Frankfurt.
Both ensembles receive financial and organizational support from the Lufthansa Group.
Another good tradition at the Lufthansa Group is supporting sports. Lufthansa has been a partner of the German Sports Aid Foundation since 2007 and of the German Olympic Sports Confederation (DOSB) and co-sponsor of the National Paralympic Committee Germany (DBS) for many years. As the official airline, Lufthansa flies Team Germany and Team Germany Paralympics to the Olympic and Paralympic Games in Tokyo.
Since 2005 Lufthansa has also been a partner of the German Soccer Association (DFB).
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