Annual Report 2022

Wyss Academy for Nature at the University of Bern

Letter to our stakeholders

In 2022 we made significant progress toward achieving our three key strategic goals. We are designing and implementing innovations to deliver positive impacts for people and nature.

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On our way

While welcoming new team members, we further developed our organizational structure in 2022. Pursuing a shared strategy, the cooperation between teams has deepened across disciplines, topics, and regions.


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Ongoing projects


Topic of the year

Bridging the gap between science and action: the Wyss Academy’s way of tackling complex and interconnected challenges

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Competence centers in 2022

Policy Outreach & Synthesis

Policy Outreach & Synthesis

We establish open platforms for exchange among different sectors and actors, and we reach out to share new findings and knowledge in science.

Learning, Monitoring & Evaluation

Learning, Monitoring & Evaluation

With our systems and mechanisms, we continuously monitor, evaluate, and learn. We want to know if the pathways we develop benefit both people and nature.

Research & Innovation

Research & Innovation

We use the newest scientific knowledge to achieve our mission, exploring opportunities for change and developing and supporting innovative solutions.

Hub South America

We co-design land use models that contribute to forest protection as well as people’s livelihoods and offer true development alternatives to exploitative resource use.

Hub South America
Miguel Saravia

Improving human wellbeing while preventing deforestation in the Amazon Rainforest

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Hub East Africa

We work to enable the coexistence of people and nature by maintaining the connectivity, functionality, and health of ecosystems and, in Madagascar, by harnessing the co-benefits of biodiversity hotspots for human wellbeing.

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Hub East Africa

Photo by: Jane Wynyard, Save the Elephants “Mama Tembos in the field”

Benson Okita

Climate change exacerbates conflicts and causes suffering

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Photo by: Timon Lanz

Hub South­east Asia

We counter illegal resource extraction through local stewardship, and we work to maintain multifunctional landscapes that benefit agriculture, development, biodiversity, and society.

Hub South East Asia
Andreas Heinimann

Building powerful positive transformation in Laos

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Hub Bern

We work to promote sustainable human activities and people–nature interactions in ecologically sensitive areas, enable a transformation to sustainable energy systems in urban and rural regions , including carbon-neutral tourism, and encourage steps toward a more sustainable food system.

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Hub Bern
Anja Strahm

Tourism regions are both victims and drivers of climate change

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Photo by: Alexander Leuenberger

Shaping the future

Our approach

We build bridges between scientific knowledge, political power, and action. By engaging with various stakeholders, we develop, test, and catalyze solutions that transform the relationship between people and nature.

How we operate

Our vision

Financial Report

Our annual accounts show how our funding is transformed into projects with tangible outputs.

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Implementation Report

We use an evidence-based monitoring and evaluation plan to assess our projects’ progress, achievements, setbacks, and outcomes.

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