International Young Naturefriends (IYNF) is an umbrella organisation of young Naturefriends associations from 20 European countries. The total number of individual members associated in national organisation exceeds 130 000, with some organisations having tens of thousands members (Austria, Germany, Poland, Hungary) and some having just tens of youth members. See more in IYNF members and Partners.
IYNF was founded in 1975 as an independent branch of the International Friends of Nature (NFI). Legally it had been based on the NFI Statutes, article 7, which established IYNF (Naturfreundejugend Internationale, NFJI) to care for the international youth work of the Naturefriends organisation. Work of IYNF had been based on the its Guidelines, subject to approval of International Youth Congress and Congress of NFI.
In 2005, IYNF gained its own official legal status with an official seat in Vienna. IYNF also gained its own Statutes and IYNF Presidium and the Secretary General are the ultimate representatives of IYNF as a legal entity. The official name of IYNF is Naturfreundejugend Internationale.
In 2002, after more then ten years of seating in Brussels, the office of IYNF was moved to Prague. IYNF office had been run thanks to hospitality of Duha Czech member organisation until July 2005. In July 2005, IYNF gained an official legal status in the Czech Republic according to the Act no. 116/1985 as an international organisation and started working independently on Duha, however still using their premises. This has changed in the end of 2008, when IYNF set up own contract with the landlord of the building where we have our office, completing the path to independence.