In February 2016, Madagasikara Voakajy officially joined IUCN as a member. For the past ten years, members of our team have been part of the IUCN/SSC. This opportunity will allow us to engage more in IUCN’s vision and mission, and network with other IUCN members. We are grateful to Rainforest Trust and Fauna and Flora International for supporting our membership application.
Founded in 1948, IUCN, International Union for Conservation of Nature, brings together States, government agencies and a diverse range of non-governmental organizations in a unique world partnership: over 1,200 Members in all, spread across some 160 countries. As a Union, IUCN seeks to influence, encourage and assist societies throughout the world to conserve the integrity and diversity of nature and to ensure that any use of natural resources is equitable and ecologically sustainable. The globally distributed IUCN Secretariat coordinates the IUCN Programme and serves IUCN Members, representing their views on the world stage and providing them with the strategies, services, scientific knowledge and technical support they need to achieve their goals. Through its six Commissions, IUCN draws together almost 11,000 expert volunteers in project teams and action groups, focusing in particular on species and biodiversity conservation and the management of habitats and natural resources. The Union has helped many countries to prepare National Conservation Strategies, and demonstrates the application of its knowledge through the field projects it supervises. Operations are increasingly decentralized and are carried forward by an expanding network of regional and country offices, located principally in developing countries. IUCN builds on the strengths of its Members, networks and partners to enhance their capacity and to support global alliances to safeguard natural resources at local, regional and global levels.