To address some of the planet’s most difficult environmental challenges, WWF International and the MAVA Foundation established the Luc Hoffmann Institute in 2012 to honour Dr Luc Hoffmann, one of the visionary founders of WWF.

Humanity’s demands on nature are unsustainable and increasing at an exponential rate, fundamentally altering the Earth’s capacity to sustain life. Meanwhile, biodiversity is declining sharply and the climate is changing. Evidence-based, practical solutions that benefit both nature and society are urgently needed.

The Luc Hoffmann Institute is an independent research hub catalysing new ideas to solve environmental challenges that require a range of scientific expertise.

We bring world-class scientists working across ecological, social and economic domains together with conservation practitioners, public and private sector managers, and policymakers to generate evidence-based, practical and scalable solutions to critical conservation issues.

Our peer-reviewed research is independent and transparent. We create publications, tools and methods to support decision-making. We communicate and share solutions back to WWF’s conservation programmes – and those of its partners – to deliver swift, effective outcomes with impact.

We also invest in the future. The Luc Hoffmann Institute Fellows Programme recruits early career researchers from regions where scientific leadership is needed most, and places them at the heart of our research processes. We support our fellows by strengthening their networks inside and outside of WWF and by providing training and research opportunities. Luc Hoffmann fellows leave ready to work across disciplines to connect science to conservation for a more sustainable planet.

Nature conservation and sustainable development go hand-in-hand. They are not only about preserving biodiversity and wild places, but just as much about safeguarding the future of humanity – our well-being, economy, food security and social stability – indeed, our very survival.

Marco Lambertini, Director General, WWF International, Living Planet Report 2014.

Main image: African savanna elephant (Loxodonta africana africana); Masai Mara National Reserve, Kenya. Photo © Martin Harvey / WWF

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