It is hard, almost impossible, to imagine nature conservation in the world without Luc Hoffmann. He was the friend who inspired and encouraged my conservation work ever since we met in 1986 in Greece. Looking at his face, listening to his voice, feeling his smile, was enough to inspire and encourage you to go on with your conservation work.
Nature conservation and the environmental movement owe a lot to Luc’s dedication, scientific knowledge, avid interest, vision, generosity and humanism. Our coasts, wetlands and emblematic species have largely benefited thanks to Luc’s work, which has created a legacy of teams and communities that will ensure his spirit and vision will live on.
Luc will be greatly missed not only by his friends in Greece but also across the Mediterranean and the entire world.
“Greece is the country of diversity…Zeus must have hit this area with his hammer, splashing thousand islands in the sea and tearing the mainland into pieces so that the country’s coastline became as long as the one of the whole continent of Africa. This physical multiplicity is increased by a wide gradient of climates, ranging from almost subtropical to truly alpine conditions, as well as by a variety of mountains, hills, and plains, many of which scattered with wetlands. No wonder these conditions have produced an exceptionally rich living nature, in fact the highest biodiversity known in Europe. They are also at the origin of beautiful and deeply moving natural and man-made landscapes. Altogether, these form the natural heritage of Greece.” ~ Luc Hoffmann