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An advisory board to support WWF's actions in Madagascar.

An advisory board to support WWF's actions in Madagascar

In its more than 60 years of existence in Madagascar, WWF has worked with the whole of society to stop the degradation of the planet's natural environment and build a future in which humans live in harmony with nature. It's a huge challenge that can only be met by working together.

Since 1996, WWF has benefited from the support of the "Friends of WWF", a group of personalities committed to the cause of nature protection.

As the challenges of conservation and sustainable development in Madagascar have evolved, WWF has moved with the times and with society. In order to have a more tangible and lasting impact on the conservation of Madagascar's biodiversity, WWF Madagascar set up an Advisory Board in 2023 to strengthen its governance, following on from the actions of the "Friends of WWF" group.

Composed of volunteer members and acting intuiti personae, the Advisory Board's mandate is to (1) support WWF in becoming a strong and effective office to achieve its vision of "Madagascar's unique natural capital managed sustainably and equitably for the common benefit of nature and the Malagasy people" and (2) support WWF in better mobilizing citizen support and engagement in biodiversity conservation and sustainable development.

The Advisory Board works for a term of two (2) years, renewable once. It currently has eight members:
  • Hanta Ramakavelo, President: Leadership and management trainer and coach - CEO of I-Madagascar, a fair trade company selling handicrafts, and founder of Maison d'Aïna, which supports disadvantaged families and children in Ambatolampy.
  • Sanda Anjara Rakotomalala: Associate researcher with the MIHARI project on equitable and resilient conservation - Coordinator of the Madagascar Youth Biodiversity Network.
  • Dr Marie Jeanne Raherilalao: Teacher-researcher - World-renowned ornithologist - Founding member and scientific coordinator of the Vahatra Association.
  • Edmond Ramadany: President of MIHARI, the network of Locally Managed Marine Areas (LMMAs) for northwest Madagascar - Founding member and former president of FUP BATAN (Fédération de l'Union des Pêcheurs de la Baie d'Ambaro Tsimipaika, Ampasindava et Nosy Be)
  • Jean Aimé Raveloson: Former program manager of the Youth Leadership Training Program and former national representative of the Friedrich Ebert Foundation - Political scientist, analyst and author.
  • Barijaona Ramaholimihaso: Advisor to the Managing Director of BNI Madagascar - Former Chairman of the Board of Directors of FAPBM - Founding member and Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Initiative for Development, Ecological Restoration and Innovation (INDRI)
  • Jean Chrysostome Rakotoary: Member of the board of the Association Vahatra - Former Director General of the National Office for environment (ONE).
  • Horace Gatien: Former Minister of National Education - Former Minister of Energy and Hydrocarbons - President of the University of Toamasina - Member of the Friends of WWF.

We would like to warmly thank the members of the WWF Advisory Board for their commitment and love of Madagascar's unique nature and biodiversity.