Since its foundation on 13 june 2003, the "Förderverein Montanregion Erzgebirge e.V." has been a key driving force behind the UNESCO World Heritage application for the "Mining Cultural Landscape Erzgebirge/Krušnohoří", providing both material and immaterial support.
According to its regulations, the purpose of the "Förderverein Montanregion Erzgebirge e.V." is to support and carry out activities to maintain, care for, research and promote the heritage and traditions of the nominated World Heritage sites in the "Mining Cultural Landscape Erzgebirge/Krušnohoří", particularly through
promoting the idea of World Heritage within the region,
supporting projects for the maintenance of monuments at the nominated World Heritage sites,
initiating and supporting projects for scientific research at the nominated World Heritage sites,
supporting the collaboration between Germany and the Czech Republic,
securing donations and funding,
supporting education, e.g. through school projects, exchanging experiences, seminars and conferences.
The Chairperson is Prof. Dr. Helmuth Albrecht.
The association currently has 103 members.