Luc Hoffmann Passes Away on July 21, 2016, in Camargue, France. He was born on January 23, 1923, in Basel, Switzerland. Dr. Hoffmann was 93 at the time of his departure. While he was a legendary ornithologist, he also was the co-founder of WWF. WWF is World Wide Fund for Nature. He is the one to establish Ramsar Convention for the protection of wetlands. As a matter of fact, he is also the Champion for the Conservation of Nature. Since 1946 Dr. Luc Hoffmann was working to protect the environment. He was Ph.D. from Base University in Zoology. Hence his love for wildlife is well understood. While he had a great vision, he has been a wonderful write too. He has written more than 60 books and publications. All these books and publications are related to birds and their habitats.
He set up Station Biologique de la Tour du Valat in France in 1951. It is in Camargue region in France. It is a private research institute for studies and management of wetlands. As a matter of fact the institute is quite prestigious in Europe and other parts of the world. In the beginning the aim was to conduct the early studies of waterbird populations and wetland ecology along with fellow researchers at Tour du Valat. In 1961, Dr. Hoffman became first Vice-President of WWF. He was at this post there till 1988. Gradually, he became Director of Wetlands International. He also was Vice-President of IUCN (International Union for Conservation of Nature). As a matter of fact, he was the one to establish the Foundation International du Banc d’Arguin in West Africa.
While Dr. Luc Hoffmann was the one originating fight to save Spain’s Coto Donana, he was also a driving force behind Ramsar Convention on Wetlands.
Luc Hoffmann- a great visionary
In 2012, Luc Hoffmann Institute came into existence. The purpose was to address the planet’s most challenging environmental issues. WWF and the MAVA foundation were behind the creation of Luc Hoffmann Institute. It was also for the purpose to honor Dr. Hoffman’s excellent efforts and innovative solutions to conservation problems. There is a lot more to learn about this wonderful person here. The world know him as Father of WWF. It will be impossible to fill the void after his departure.