All Tour du Valat activities are managed by the Tour du Valat Foundation, which has been a public interest foundation since 1978.

Board of Directors

The Foundation is governed by a Board of Directors, made up of three colleges – the Founders, Experts, and Full Members.

College of Founders

  • André Hoffmann, President
  • Maja Hoffmann, Vice-President
  • Vera Michalski-Hoffmann
  • Isabel Hoffmann

College of Experts

  • Thymio Papayannis, honorary member, senior MedWet advisor, President of MedINA
  • Clairie Papazoglou, environmental and political consultant
  • Gordana Beltram, Slovenian Ministry of the Environment and Spatial Planning
  • Tobias Salathé, Secretary, Senior Advisor for Europe at the Ramsar Convention Secretariat (Gland, Switzerland)
  • Antonio Troya, Treasurer, Director of the IUCN Centre for Mediterranean Cooperation (IUCN-MEd, Malaga, Spain)

College of Full Members

  • Michel Chpilevsky, Subprefect of Arles, representative of the Ministry of the Interior,
  • Corinne Tourasse, representative of the Ecological transition and solidarity Ministry and the DREAL PACA (Regional Directorate for Environment, Planning and Housing)
  • Jean-Philippe Nabot, representative of the Ministry of Research (DRRT PACA)
  • Hervé Schiavetti, Mayor of Arles

Scientific Council

The Board of Directors is supported by our Science Council, which is made up of internationally renowned experts from various fields, who assess and validate the pertinence of our scientific programme. Its president is a standing invitee to all Board meetings, but with no voting rights.

  • Dr Wolfgang Cramer, Mediterranean Institute of marine and terrestrial Biodiversity and Ecology, Aix-en-Provence, France
  • Dr Patrick Duncan, CNRS, Chizé, France
  • Dr Laurent Mermet, ENGREF, Paris, France
  • Dr Debbie Pain, Wildfowl & Wetlands Trust, Slimbridge, UK
  • Dr Teresa Ribeiro, European Environment Agency, Copenhagen, Denmark
  • Professor William Sutherland, University of Cambridge, UK

Thematic experts

Six thematic experts provide in-depth expertise to support the Science Council—two for each of the three Tour du Valat research programmes for the entire length of each five-year strategic plan.

  • Dr Jacques Blondel, Centre of Functional Ecology and Evolution (CEFE/CNRS), Montpellier, France
  • Dr Pierre Chevallier, Institut de Recherche pour le Développement/CNRS, HydroSciences Laboratory, Montpellier, France
  • Dr Luis Costa, SPEA/Birdlife, Portugal
  • Dr Jonathan Loh, University of Kent, UK
  • Dr François Renaud, Institut de Recherche pour le Développement/CNRS, Montpellier, France
  • Dr Sophie Thoyer, Sup Agro LAMETA, Montpellier, France


The Tour du Valat has an annual budget of 5.6 million euros, which is allocated as follows:

Meanwhile, funding comes from the following sources:



The Tour du Valat has an annual budget of 5.6 million euros, which is allocated as follows:

  • 65% for our scientific programme (research and management projects, management of the Tour du Valat Estate, and joint scientific activities such as training and knowledge transfer;
  • 25% for shared operating expenses, for the buildings, canteen, and financial and administrative services;
  • 8% for the general management and communications;
  • 2% for the library (essentially to purchase books and scientific journals).

Meanwhile, funding comes from the following sources:

  • 49% from the MAVA Foundation;
  • 14% from the endowment fund managed by the ProValat Foundation;
  • 25% from partnerships with public organisations;
  • 7% from partnerships with private organisations;
  • 5% from income from the Estate (the sale of meat and other farm products).

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