50 years WWF Madagascar

WWF MWIOPO 50 years

50 years with you

1963-2013: WWF began to pitch its tent in Madagascar 50 years ago.

50 years in the service of an extraordinary country where men and women are surrounded by a natural setting of immense diversity, and depend on the services provided by these rich ecosysems.

During these fifty years, we have celebrated victories, suffered setbacks, tested, questioned and revised our approaches and worked hard.

In 2013, WWF Madagascar and Western Indian Ocean celebrates its first half-century and we reach out to those who have helped us during this beautiful journey: politicians and government funtionaries, researchers, scientists, foresters, botanists, artists, journalists, young people, local communities, partner organisations, and the whole multitude of personalities, known and unknown, who have contributed to our goals in the shadow and in the spotlight.

Together we have accompanied local communities in the management and protection of natural resources that have been transferred to them; fostered the emergence of a committed and motivated youth; sensitized the population for the use of renewable energy; fought against deforestation, bushfires and erosion; led a massive awareness campaign on fuel wood plantations and the use of efficient cooking stoves; protected rare species and helped set up climate-smart management plans for vulnerable habitats; established protected areas which now extend from land to sea.

This year, we celebrate every stage of our history with you, looking back and towards the future. In the next fifty years, we will still be at your side.
© Martin Harvey/WWF
WWF's first project in Madagascar in 1963 was about the conservation of the Aye-Aye.
© Martin Harvey/WWF
© WWF MWIOPO/Séraphine Valeska Wegner
Today 700 Vintsy clubs engage over 50.000 students in conservation activities
© WWF MWIOPO/Séraphine Valeska Wegner
© Jürgen Freund/WWF
2006: WWF leads the regional process to highlight marine richness in the Western Indian Ocean, now being prioritised By UNESCO and CBD
© Jürgen Freund/WWF