Luc Hoffmann: A life of engagement and service

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Dr. Luc Hoffmann has passed away on the 21st of July 2016, at his residence in Camargue (France) in the Research Institute of La Tour du Valat that he created 61 years ago. He was 93.

Dr. Hoffmann’s life and achievements serve to highlight the bright side of human nature. He has put his intellectual talents and his important personal resources at the service of a noble cause: that of the conservation of nature, which is also an important way of servicing the well-being of human societies.

Dr. Hoffmann was a key actor in the drafting, promotion and adoption the Convention on Wetlands. The treaty was signed on 2 February 1971 in the small Iranian city of Ramsar, on the shores of the Caspian Sea: the first modern environmental treaty. Today 170 countries from around the world have ratified the agreement. You have every right to be proud of yourself, Dr. Hoffmann!

He was also involved from the beginning with MedWet, the Mediterranean Wetlands Intiative , the first Regional Initiative under the Ramsar Convention. Nowadays, there are 20 Ramsar Regional Initiatives on six continents. You have every right to be proud of yourself, Dr. Hoffmann!

You have also used a considerable part of your personal resources to support countless projects and initiatives, particularly in the Mediterranean and West Africa, contributing to conserve natural resources and, thus, helping people to live in a more decent and conducive environment. You have every right to be proud of yourself, Dr. Hoffmann!

And many of us have had the privilege of witnessing your life history, participating in and benefiting from your significant achievements. Thank you, Dr. Hoffmann, for having been such a decent human being and for having left behind you so many positive contributions for a better world.

Delmar Alberto Blasco Bellomaría

MedWet Coordinator


Sortie Signature Ramsar ©LH

Field trip after the Ramsar treaty Signature, Ramsar, Iran 1971 ©LH

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More information

Read the specific article on Tour du Valat website


Read the press release (french)

Read the Luc Hoffmann bibliography (french)

See the french video “Luc Hoffmann, une vie pour les zones humides”