IUCN Members in Malawi met in Blantyre today to establish the IUCN National Committee of Malawi. The Committee intends to facilitate co-operation among the Members of IUCN in Malawi, and co-ordinate the components of IUCN in the country. The Committee has also committed to motivating participation of members in Malawi in the programme and governance of IUCN.
The Members agreed and adopted the Constitution of the Committee and elected Mr Carl Bruessow, the Executive Director of Mulanje Mountain Conservation Trust as the Chair. Speaking after his election, Bruessow noted that there is a substantial amount of work to be done to ensure that the Committee is able to link the IUCN members in Malawi to the IUCN structure. “I would like to see that IUCN recognizes the committee so that we can effectively work together with the IUCN structures to advance conservation and development work in Malawi,” said Bruessow.
Bruessow also encouraged Members to give some thought to the recruitment of more environmental organizations into the IUCN membership.
During the meeting the Regional Head of IUCN Constituency Support for Eastern and Southern Africa, Hastings Chikoko explained to Members the role and functions of National Committees to ensure that members understand what to expect from the new National Committee.
Members were also briefed on the preparations for the IUCN World Conservation Congress to be held in Jeju, South Korea in 2012. In preparation for this, IUCN Members in Malawi are preparing to participate actively at the IUCN Regional Conservation Forum to be held at the end of September in Johannesburg, South Africa.
Other Members who attended the meeting include Malawi Environmental Endowment Trust, Coordination Union for the Rehabilitation of the Environment, and Wildlife and Environmental Society.
For more information please contact, Hastings Chikoko, Regional Head of Constituency Support on firstname.lastname@example.org