The Luc Hoffmann Institute is a catalyst for change. Bringing together scientists, policymakers and conservation practitioners, it offers fresh perspectives that challenge the status quo and show us how we can build a sustainable future for people and nature. – Lynda Mansson, Director General, MAVA
The first three years
In a first phase, a diverse portfolio of projects under three research themes – place-based conservation, natural capital and ecosystem services, and sustainable production and consumption – has helped protected areas adapt to climate change; tested a ‘big data’ approach showing links between watershed health and human health; assessed the biodiversity impact of agricultural commodities; and identified solutions for reducing the environmental footprint of cities.
Fellowships for change
Having supported emerging talent in countries where scientific and conservation leadership is needed most, and, among other things, helped shape climate policy in Colombia and worked on the design of national parks in China, the Luc Hoffmann Institute Fellows Programme is now evolving. In a new phase, established mid-career academic and professional leaders will be invited to join the Institute as fellows.
A recent evaluation of activities, combined with ‘horizon scanning’ of the most critical challenges facing conservation, has shaped a new strategic direction for the Institute.
Moving from a project-based approach to the development of solutions through thought leadership, idea incubation, insight, and rapid-response dialogues, the Institute will embrace a more holistic approach, seeking to establish common ground between different constituencies that delivers real and lasting change.
As one part of the Institute’s new strategy, and in partnership with the World Economic Forum and the UN Environment Programme, Conservation Futures is a new initiative seeking to reimagine, rethink and reframe conservation.
Combining thinking, innovation and practice from fields such as technological development, ICT, social media and behavioural science not traditionally associated with conservation, it aims to generate a groundswell of support for transformative, at-scale conservation.
“People are tired of science and information overload. We need to forge workable solutions with scientists, decision-makers, businesses and communities. The institute can play a critical role in catalysing the collaboration we need for biodiversity to finally be recognised as the bedrock of healthy and prosperous and societies.” – Jon Hutton, Director, Luc Hoffmann Institute