IFAW Accepted Into the IUCN

Wednesday, 9 May, 2018

ifaw accepted into iucn International Union for Conservation of Nature

Washington, D.C. – Today, the International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW) announces its acceptance into the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), the preeminent membership Union, which provides public, private and non-governmental organisations with the knowledge and tools that enable human progress, economic development and nature conservation.

“As long time IUCN collaborators, we are honoured to join the ranks of esteemed governments and NGOs to help shape conservation policy at the global level,” said Azzedine Downes, President and CEO of IFAW. “We align with the IUCN mission and seek additional opportunities to learn from peers, share our expertise and collaborate on solutions that work for biodiversity conservation and for human wellbeing.”

“Because so many species are under threat and their numbers are plummeting, the role individuals animals play in the recovery of populations can no longer be ignored,” added Downes. “It is why – as an organisation – we rescue, rehabilitate and release individual animals into secure habitats.”

Downes continued: “Our organisation will continue to build a network of experts who scientifically demonstrate how individuals play a key role in revitalising threatened animal populations and engage communities on the frontlines to achieve positive benefits for animals and people.”

“I am delighted to know that IFAW has at long last been welcomed into the IUCN fold,” said Vivek Menon, Executive Director and CEO of the Wildlife Trust of India, Senior Advisor to the President and CEO of IFAW and Chair of the IUCN Asian Elephant Specialist Group (AsESG). “There is no place in conservation for isolating viewpoints and ideologies. Animal welfare – if practiced rigorously – is an essential prerequisite of forward thinking conservation.”

IFAW’s IUCN membership is effective immediately. For more information about IFAW, please visit IFAW.org

About IFAW

Founded in 1969, the International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW) is a global non-profit organisation that protects animals and the places they call home. With offices in 15 countries and projects in over 40, we rescue, rehabilitate and release animals into secure landscapes around the world. In collaboration with both governments and local communities, our experienced campaigners, legal and political experts, and internationally acclaimed scientists pioneer lasting solutions to some of the most pressing animal welfare and wildlife conservation issues of our time.

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Azzedine Downes,IFAW President and CEO
President and Chief Executive Officer
Beth Allgood, Country Director, United States
Country Director, United States
Cynthia Milburn, Director, Animal Welfare Outreach & Education
Senior Advisor, Policy Development
Faye Cuevas, Esq.
Senior Vice President
Grace Ge Gabriel, Regional Director, Asia
Regional Director, Asia
Jason Bell, Vice President for Conservation and Animal Welfare
Vice President for Conservation and Animal Welfare
Jimmiel Mandima at IFAW
Deputy Vice President of Conservation
Executive Vice President
Executive Vice President
Matt Collis, Director, International Policy
Director, International Policy
Patrick Ramage, Program Director, Whales
Program Director, Marine Conservation
Rikkert Reijnen, Program Director, Wildlife Crime
Program Director, Wildlife Crime