13/04/17 - MAVA’s 2016 Annual Report is out!

We are delighted to be able to present MAVA’s 2016 Annual Report! In this edition, we pay tribute to our founder, Luc Hoffmann, who passed away in July 2016 and whose vision still guides and inspires us today. You will also discover stories on some people who particularly inspired us in 2016 and learn more about the successes of some of our partners’ projects.

The report is available in pdf or online.

03/04/17 - Call for proposal: consultancy Orango Parque Hotel

MAVA is launching a new call for proposal for a consultancy on the management of a tourist infrastructure within a protected area in the Bijagos archipelago in Guinea-Bissau. Details on the consultancy and the submission process can be found here.

The application deadline is 30 April 2017.

20/03/17 - Call for proposal: Building public sector expertise on the deployment of sustainable infrastructure

The MAVA Foundation is launching a call for proposals to build public sector expertise in preparing, procuring, de-risking and financing sustainable infrastructure projects.

The MAVA Foundation will award one grant each, to two different recipients.  Each grant will be of the value CHF 500,000.  We seek proposals that cover 2 years of activity.

How to Apply?

Applicants are invited to consult the Call ‘Building public sector expertise on the deployment of sustainable infrastructure’ which is available in French and English.

Applications should be submitted using the MAVA Foundation Concept Note Template, which is available in French and English.  Applicants can use either language template to develop their proposal.

Short listed applicants will be invited for an interview and to submit a full application.

Questions on this call can be addressed to:

The closing date for the submission of applications is Monday, 22 May 2017 at midnight CET. Applications can be addressed to:

21/02/17 - Prespa Transboundary Park agreement ratified

The Prespa Transboundary Park agreement was recently ratified by Greece. This ratification comes seven years after the three states sharing the Prespa basin joined with the European Union and signed the International Agreement for the Protection and Sustainable Development of the Prespa Park Area. The Agreement had remained inactive until now because the Greek side had not ratified it.

This is a major step forward for the conservation of the region and a great victory for the organisations  – EuroNatur, Frankfurt Zoological Society, KORA, MES, Plantlife, PPNEA and the Society for the Protection of Prespa (SPP) –  who have been working hard on this for the past years.

The Park aims to protect the ecological values of the area through collaboration between the three states, and also to promote the economic prosperity of the local communities in the three countries. The Transboundary Prespa Park is the first transboundary protected area in the Balkans.

14/02/17 – New circular design guide

IDEO and the Ellen MacArthur Foundation recently released the first thinking guide for the circular design, with the support of MAVA. Created to drive awareness of the circular economy, the practical guide encourages innovators, entrepreneurs and corporate change-makers to ask new questions about value creation and long-term business health, and apply circular principles to their own organisations.

Have a look at this interesting guide here.

01/02/17 – Innovating conservation finance

Financing is a recurring a key issue in conservation. Therefore, MAVA has paid special attention to this subject in its new strategy, the aim being notably to ensure sustainability of its impacts. This is a complex subject with no unique solution : each situation requires a specific approach involving a mix of complementary mechanisms. In order to better identify the most innovating conservation finance mechanisms, MAVA commissioned a report that you can read here. Although there is a specific emphasis on the Mediterranean and West Africa, the scope of the document is global.

By addressing the issue of conservation finance, MAVA’s objectives are two-fold: to contribute to the ongoing reflections on conservation finance, and to implement some of these mechanisms within its programmes.

For more information contact Thierry Renaud, Director, Impact & Sustainability at MAVA.

19/01/17 – Fintech and Sustainable Development: assessing the implications

Financial technology, known as ‘fintech’ is taking more and more place in today’s financial sector business models. Together with the Rockefeller Foundation, MAVA has supported the publication of a report on how the financial system’s core functions are likely to be disrupted by fintech innovations and how they could help – or hinder – efforts to align financing with sustainable development. Have a look at the full working paper.

16/01/17 - New action plan to profitably reuse and recycle 70% of plastic packaging globally

More than 40 industry leaders endorsed a new action plan at the WEF in Davos to tackle global plastics issues, and have begun working together to create a more effective global systems for plastics. The action plan is presented in a new study by the World Economic Forum and the Ellen MacArthur Foundation (The New Plastics Economy: Catalysing action). MAVA is a major funder of the new plastics initiative.
The study reveals that concerted action by industry could result in reuse and recycling of 70% of all global plastic packaging, up from today’s recycling rate of just 14%. The remaining 30% of plastic packaging, equivalent to 10 billion garbage bags per year, needs fundamental redesign and innovation.

11/01/17 – A new European Breeding Bird Atlas

The European Bird Census Council, together with its partners across Europe, is working on producing a new European Breeding Bird Atlas (EBBA2), to update the first ground-breaking atlas (Hagemeijer & Blair 1997), which is now 30 years old. This atlas will document the distribution of breeding birds in Europe and the changes since the first atlas was produced. It will also increase capacity for conservation and monitoring by engaging citizen scientists and supporting organisations in selected countries.

The fieldwork is currently ongoing with some support from MAVA. However full funding for the project is not yet secured. Therefore, Vogelwarte Sempach (the Swiss Ornithological Institute) who is coordinating this ambitious project, has just launched the Species Sponsoring Campaign on the EBBA2 website. Have a look and support your favourite species!

20/12/16 - EU’s flagship nature laws saved

After two years of uncertainty, the European Commission recently declared that the EU Nature Directives were fit for purpose. This decision is a huge victory for nature as these EU nature laws are a fundamental tool for nature protection in Europe. Should the Directives have been reopened, there was a serious risk that their content would have been weakened. Even better, the discussion is refocusing on better implementation of existing policies.

This huge win for conservation is the result of an unprecedented campaign that mobilised over half a million people in protest. Within this frame, MAVA supported a coordinated group of NGOs (BirdLife, European Environmental Bureau, Friends of the Earth, WWF EPO) to help them redirect the discussions in a sense that was favourable to the Nature Directives in their original form and to fend off calls for their revision.

MAVA is particularly pleased with the outcome of this successful campaign and warmly congratulates all those involved.

25/10/15 - Two new staff members at MAVA!

We are happy to announce that two new team members have recently joined the MAVA family.

Ms Bousso Dramé joined MAVA’s regional office in Dakar in September 2016 to manage the foundation’s West Africa portfolio on fisheries policy and conservation. Her role is to drive the development of multi-stakeholder action plans and assist partners in identifying and implementing projects related to overfishing and the effective management of critical biodiversity sites. Prior to joining MAVA, Bousso held the position of Senior Policy Advisor for Greenpeace Africa where she developed and implemented a policy strategy for the Oceans Campaign and carried-out advocacy/lobbying work at regional and continental levels in favor of sustainable fisheries policies and oceans protection in West Africa.

Mr Luis Costa joined MAVA’s Mediterranean Basin programme in October 2016 and is in charge of the programme’s freshwater, terrestrial and species aspects. Luis is already well known to MAVA since, before joining the team, he was one of the founders and the Executive Director of SPEA’s (Sociedade Portuguesa para o Estudo das Aves) from 2004-2016 – one of MAVA’s long-lasting partners in Portugal. At SPEA, Luis earned several awards for large-scale projects, e.g. Life+ Best of Best project awards for the Azores bullfinch conservation, Safe islands for seabirds in the Azores and the identification of marine IBA’s. Previously, Luis worked at the Nature Conservation Institute, overseeing the aquatic bird census and the wetland conservation plan, also being member of the team of wetland inventory and monitoring and author of the MedWet standard methodology for inventories.

We are delighted to welcome Bousso and Luis to the MAVA family, and look forward to sharing their experience and expertise with our partners.

28/09/16 – MOOC on Protected Areas Management now available in English


One year after having launched a MOOC on Protected Areas Management in French, the IUCN Program on African Protected Areas and Conservation (PAPACO) has now launched the same course in English with the support of MAVA.

Course description:
This course will help you learn about conservation challenges in Africa and how protected areas can help face them, from local to global level. The MOOC deals with issues of management, governance, sustainability etc. and includes 57 videos, readings, 16 training quizzes, 7 online exams, 1 on-site exam (after which successful candidates may receive an EPFL diploma and ECTS credits) and multiple exchanges with the teaching team (forum, Facebook, live chats…).

Register for the course for free (registrations open on October 3 and are permanently open after that):

Watch the teaser:

23/09/16 - Dr Simon Stuart, Chair of the IUCN Species Survival Commission (SSC), retires

Dr Stuart has been a central figure in IUCN for 30 years and Chair of the SSC since 2008. He has now served two terms in this prominent position, the maximum allowed by IUCN Statutes, and will be taking on new responsibilities at Synchronicity Earth. MAVA wishes to thank Simon for his dedication and relentless work in favour of SPECIES rather than biodiversity conservation over the past years.

The SSC is a science-based network of more than 10,000 volunteer experts from almost every country of the world, all working together towards achieving the vision of, “A just world that values and conserves nature through positive action to reduce the loss of diversity of life on earth”. MAVA has been supporting the remarkable work of this commission for many years, as species have always been at heart of MAVA’s preoccupations and figure prominently in our current Mediterranean and West African strategies.

Jon Paul Rodriguez has taken over the role of SSC Chair. A Venezuelan citizen, Jon Paul was the former SSC Deputy Chair. He is a Professor at the Centre for Ecology, Venezuelan Institute for Scientific Investigation and the founder and president of Provita. More details here.

27/0/2016- MAVA is lauching 2 calls for tender on Networks and Young leaders

MAVA foundation is launching its new strategy 2016-2022. We have several challenges ahead of us, and therefore we are looking for people who could help us on two subjects: Network sustainability and supporting the emergence young leaders.

 We are launching 2 calls for tender:

1.    Networks: “The key to the sustainability of networks and collaborative structures: Recommendations for a MAVA-tailored approach to supporting networks during its 2016-2022 Strategy”

2.    Young leaders: “Overview for recommendations for MAVA approach to engage and support Young Leaders during its 2016-2022 Strategy for sustaining conservation actions”

 Deadline for application is August 25th for the network piece, and August 28th for the young leaders one.

lWork is excepted to start in September.

Please see the ToRs for further details.

22/06/16 - Two young Bearded vultures released in Lozère

Tuesday, May 24th, 2016, two new young bearded vultures were released in Meyrueis by LPO Grands Causses, on the territory of the Cevennes National Park. They have been welcomed by pupils from local schools, elected people of the territory and partners of the program. The two young females, named Cayla and Aigoual by the children, were placed in a cavity in a cliff of the “Causse Mejean”. They will spend a few weeks there, prior to take off. Until they fly in the sky of the Massif Central, the two vultures are closely monitored by a team of observers of LPO Grands Causses and the Cevennes National Park.

The two bearded vultures were born in the breeding center of Guadalentin (Andalusia, Spain). Both females are the tenth and eleventh bearded vultures reintroduced in the Great Causses since 2012.

This fifth release carried by the LPO Grands Causses, in close partnership with the Cevennes National Park and the Regional Park of Grands Causses, is implemented within the framework of the European LIFE funding program GYPCONNECT, cofunded by the MAVA Foundation. The objectives of this program are to recreate a population nucleus of bearded vultures in the Massif Central and Drôme and thus enhance genetic exchange between the Alpine and Pyrenean populations of this species.

For further information, please consult the LPO website here.

09/05/16 - MAVA is searching for a Manager, Freshwater and Landscape Issues

MAVA Fondation pour la Nature is recruiting an experienced and dynamic person to lead the implementation of freshwater and landscapes issues in its 2016-2022 Mediterranean strategy. The Manager will work under the supervision of the Mediterranean Basin Director and be based in Gland, Switzerland.

MAVA is a family-led philanthropic foundation that promotes biodiversity conservation. It provides financial support to partner organisations – mostly NGOs – that implement conservation projects via four priority programmes: the Mediterranean Basin, Coastal West Africa, Switzerland, and Sustainable Economy. In addition MAVA supports projects via its global portfolio. The work of the foundation is managed by a team of 20 based in Gland, Switzerland, and Dakar, Senegal.

The Programme Manager will be responsible for developing then overseeing a portfolio of projects focusing on the conservation of biodiversity and sustainable management of water in selected freshwater basins, the promotion of cultural landscapes supporting high levels of biodiversity, and the reduction of poisoning, collision risk with power infrastructures, and illegal killing for four target species groups. S/he will be responsible for the quality of project implementation and the sustainability of the results obtained. S/he will promote synergies between her/his portfolio and other related themes developed within the Mediterranean programme or by other programmes of the foundation.

Required experience and skills:
Masters or PhD. in biological or environmental sciences, natural resource management, environmental economics or similar fields. At least 10 years of experience in project implementation and/or supervision at international level, preferably in the Mediterranean. Significant experience with freshwater and/or landscapes issues. Strong knowledge of Mediterranean conservation challenges. Excellent analytical and communication skills. Perfect command of English and French. Ability to perform well in multicultural contexts.

A detailed description of the position is available in the Terms of Reference available here.

To apply for this position please send by June 6th 2016 a cover letter, a detailed CV, and the contacts of three references to:

19/04/16 - Guidelines for the protection of the Bonelli Eagle

Guidelines for the conservation of Bonelli Eagle populations have recently been published by the Conservation Biology Group of the University of Barcelona. Thanks to the work carried out by this group in the past years, the population in Catalonia has shown encouraging signs. These guidelines should help promote this experience on a larger scale so as to have an impact on the whole population which remains very fragile.

More information here.

06/04/16 - Appel d'offre de consultance

L’UICN et la MAVA lancent une évaluation finale du projet « Richesses en partage » mis en œuvre de 2012 à 2015 dans la région de Cacheu, en Guinée Bissau. Ce projet est important comme modèle pour le pays dans sa démarche de cogestion des ressources halieutiques avec les communautés de pêcheurs  et il est nécessaire d’en tirer les bonnes pratiques et les leçons pour les futures actions. Les Termes de référence peuvent être téléchargés ici.

Les intéressés sont priés d’envoyer leur candidature, avant le 1 mai 2016 à : avec copie à;;;

30/03/16 - MAVA is searching for a Manager, Politique des pêches et gestion des ressources halieutiques

La Fondation MAVA pour la Nature recrute une personne dynamique et expérimentée, qui participera à la mise en œuvre de sa stratégie 2016-2022 en Afrique de l’Ouest, au poste de manager pour les politiques de pêches et gestion des ressources halieutiques, au sein de l’équipe du programme Afrique de l’Ouest basée à Dakar.

La MAVA est une fondation philanthropique familiale basée à Gland. La fondation travaille au travers de 4 programmes : Bassin méditerranéen, Zone côtière d’Afrique de l’Ouest, Suisse, et Economie durable. Le fonctionnement quotidien est assuré par une équipe d’une vingtaine de passionnés, dont 10 basées au siège situé à Gland, et 10 dans notre représentation à Dakar.

Le manager, politiques des pêches et gestion des ressources halieutiques est un nouveau poste à la MAVA. Nous cherchons une personne pour piloter le développement des plans d’action et accompagner les partenaires dans l’identification et la mise en oeuvre des projets relatifs à la surpêche des petits pélagiques, à la gestion efficace des sites critiques pour ces espèces et au bycatch des oiseaux marins et tortues marines. Il/elle assurera  la qualité des actions mises en œuvre et la durabilité des acquis dans ce domaine et développera des synergies entre différents les programmes de la fondation sur des thématiques communes en lien avec les pêches.

Compétences requises :

Diplôme universitaire, niveau master, en sciences politiques, sciences économiques, gestion des ressources naturelles, économie des ressources naturelles, ou équivalent

Expérience d’au moins cinq ans et solide compréhension des enjeux en matière de politiques des pêches et gestion des ressources halieutiques en Afrique de l’Ouest et au niveau global

Expérience pratique pertinente en développement et gestion de projets.

Excellentes capacités de communication et de dialogue multi-acteurs et multisectoriel.

Capacités de travail en équipes multiculturelles.

La maitrise orale et écrite du français et de l’anglais est obligatoire; la connaissance du portugais est un atout.

Une description détaillée du poste est fournie dans les TdR ici.

Les personnes intéressées par ce poste sont priées d’envoyer, au plus tard le 25/04/2016, leur CV détaillé, avec une lettre de motivation et les coordonnées de trois références à :

Sokhna Ndiaye (

17/03/16 - MAVA’s 2015 Annual Report is available !

AR15We are pleased to share with you MAVA’s 2015 Annual Report and invite you to join us in celebrating some of the highlights of our partners’ conservation work. The report also contains a brief overview of the direction MAVA will take in the coming years.

We hope you will enjoy reading about our partners’ work and that you are inspired to join us in continuing to deliver innovative and effective conservation with them!

Download the report here.

11/03/2016 – MPAs : a winning card for sustainable tourism

With the support of various partners, among which MAVA, the WWF Marine Mediterranean Initiative has recently released a video that highlights the common objectives of MPAs and of the sustainable tourism sector: maintaining a healthy ocean and supporting local economies. In the video, you can learn about best practices that have been put in place in various Mediterranean MPAs to encourage a sustainable tourism.


MPAs A winning card for sustainable tourism from Claudia Amico on Vimeo.

04/03/16 - The Prespa Ohrid Nature Trust is searching for an Executive Director

The Prespa Ohrid Nature Trust is searching for an Executive Director.
Information about the position can be found here.

Expressions of interest should be submitted electronically by 15 April 2016, in English, with all the material in a single document, to Michael Brombacher

03/03/16 - Scholarships for the M2 du master « Gestion des Aires Protégées » at Senghor University, Alexandrie

MAVA is proposing 5 scholarships as part of a project implemented by IUCN PAPACO on protected area management. These scholarships are for west-african students who are in a position to integrate directly the M2 of the master “Gestion des Aires Protégées” at Senghor university in Alexandrie. More details (in French) can be found here.

The new call for applications, for the 2016 university re-opening, is now open until 14 April 2016.

Applicants must:

  • Be holder of a M1
  • Have a professional experience of at least 1 year
  • This MAVA scholarship covers all the student’s expenses, except for transportation.

02/03/16 - Expert for final external project evaluation

IUCN is looking for an expert for the final evaluation of the project co-financed by MAVA: Richesses en partage : un partenariat pour les ressources naturelles du Rio Cacheu, Guinée Bissau. The Terms of Reference (in French) can be downloaded here.

Please send your application before 15 March 2016 at 24hrs GMT, comprised of a motivation letter, your CV, your technical offer with a detailed methodology and chronogramme, as well as your financial offer to the following address:

22/01/16 – Dr Jonathan Hutton appointed Director of the Luc Hoffmann Institute


MAVA is pleased to welcome Dr Jonathan Hutton who has been appointed as the new Director of the Luc Hoffmann Institute as from 1 March 2016, based at WWF International’s headquarters in Gland, Switzerland.

Dr Hutton holds a BA from the University of Cambridge in Natural Sciences and a DPhil in Zoology from the University of Zimbabwe, and brings 25 years of experience in nature conservation and rural development issues in Africa. He comes to the Luc Hoffmann Institute from the UNEP World Conservation Monitoring Centre (UNEP-WCMC) where he served as Director since 2005 and where he distinguished himself by building a sound reputation for UNEP’s biodiversity assessment arm.

The Luc Hoffmann Institute was set up in 2011, with a development grant from MAVA, which is intended to become a CHF 20 million commitment over 10 years. Dr Hutton will serve as the leader of a critical interface between the science and conservation communities to help generate evidence-based, practical and scalable solutions and bring them to conservation action.

20/01/16 - Latest report on the New Plastics Economy launched

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On 20 January 2016, the  Ellen MacArthur Foundation launched its latest report THE NEW PLASTICS ECONOMY: RETHINKING THE FUTURE OF PLASTICS at the World Economic Forum in Davos.

Applying circular economy principles to global plastic packaging flows could transform the plastics economy and drastically reduce negative externalities such as leakage into oceans, according to this report.

The New Plastics Economy: Rethinking the future of plastics provides for the first time a vision of a global economy in which plastics never become waste, and outlines concrete steps towards achieving the systemic shift needed. Mainly funded by MAVA, this breakthrough report presents a compelling opportunity to drastically increase the system effectiveness of the plastics economy.

Download the report here.

09/12/15 – Launch of the Standard for Sustainable and Resilient Infrastructure

With the support of MAVA, the Global Infrastructure Basel (GIB) Foundation has recently coordinated the development of a new Standard for Sustainable and Resilient Infrastructure (SuRe®) together with other stakeholders.

SuRe® is a global voluntary sustainability standard for infrastructure projects. Its aim is to help project owners and developers build in sustainability and resilience aspects in their planning process. It also seeks to help infrastructure investors identify responsible and resilient investment opportunities.

Given the growing and fundamental role that infrastructure plays in our societies, this standard is an important pre-requisite to a sustainable economy. More information here.

11/11/15 - How Green Public Procurement Contributes to Sustainable Development in China

Given China’s huge expenditures on government purchases, greening the country’s public procurement could drive massive change and stimulate a global green economy.

The International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD) has just published a new report which provides targeted recommendations addressing the development areas identified to improve green public procurement in China. MAVA supported this research as part of its Sustainable Economy programme.

The report can be downloaded here.

05/11/15 - Dam plans likely to be stopped in Mavrovo National Park

Mavrovo National Park (Macedonia) is among Europe’s oldest national parks and a hotspot of Europe’s biodiversity, in particular the endangered Balkan lynx.

A controversial dam construction project within the park has been threatening the park’s status, ecosystems and species for several years. However, the project is now likely to be stopped after experts from the Bern Convention recently concluded that the planned hydropower project was not compatible with the status of protection of the park and should therefore be abandoned.

For MAVA, who has been engaged in this area since 2006 working with EuroNatur on the Balkan lynx recovery programme, this recommendation comes as a strong signal for national parks and is mainly the result of the tireless work of Euronatur and Riverwatch in cooperation with many local NGOs.

See full information on EuroNatur’s site.

24/08/15 – Frederic Hoffmann appointed as member of MAVA’s Board of Trustees

We are pleased to announce that Frederic Hoffmann has joined the MAVA Board as of August 2015. Frederic is the grandson of MAVA’s founder Luc Hoffmann and represents the involvement of the first representative of the third generation of the Hoffmann family on the MAVA Board.

Frederic recently earned a Bachelor in Geography and International Development Studies from McGill University in Montreal, and is pursuing a Masters in Environmental Policy and Regulation at the London School of Economics. His sees big potential for progress through feeding debates with scientific evidence and designing sustainable solutions with shared environmental knowledge and empowered stakeholders.

The MAVA Board is delighted that Frederic has joined its ranks and wishes him a very warm welcome.

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