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Vololoniaina Rasoarimanana
Consultant , 1965
Québec, Canada
Twenty–two years dedication in projects, programmes, and institutions development, management and assessment. Proven capacity to catalyse process linking local actions to global challenges and multi-stakeholder platforms emergence. Excellent skills in strategic planning, negotiation, fundraising, and advocacy. Global ICCA Consortium Steering Committee member. Strategic Advisor of Communities' Network. Two masters.
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Area of Expertise:
  • Capacity Building, Training, Advocacy, Political
  • Director, CEO, COP, President
  • Environment, Climate, Energy, Water, Sanitation
  • Fundraising, Business Development, Grants Writer
  • Monitoring, Evaluation, Policy, Research, Analysis
Professional Experience:
With my Master of Science, I started my career in 1988 with four years of research and teaching.

Since 1995, owing to my second Master in Development, (major in Management of the Environment with an excellent rating), I have been dedicating myself to support peoples and institutions, in the areas of environmental management, local governance, and sustainable livelihood. My works at international, national and local levels have mostly considered the most vulnerable ones, young people, gender equality, and equity.

Along with my professional itinerary, I have designed, managed and assessed hundreds of projects, programmes, and institution orientations. I am used to adapting them to the evolution of the needs, capacity, and well-being of the targeted communities, to enhance their empowerment. Thousands of people have now access to resources for the improvement of their livelihood and well-being. Besides, hundreds of communities and structures improved their capacity of governance and management of millions of hectares of land, water, and terrestrial, marine and coastal resources and biodiversity in territories, with attention to climate vulnerability and degree of land degradation.

My various experience has exerted my performance in negotiation and collaboration ability. I worked as a freelance consultant, a strategical and technical advisor, a programme national coordinator and an Executive Director in Madagascar (UNDP-GEF, National Office for Environment, NGO SAGE, Swiss Cooperation rural development programme, Association Intercooperation Madagascar and the GEF Small Grants Programme). Lately, I have increased my international track record as a programme officer at the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) in Guinea-Bissau.

I have developed partnerships with local and national civil society and governments, United Nations agencies (UNDP, FAO, WFP, UNICEF, UNEP, UNIDO, UNFPA), and international NGOs (IUCN, WWF, Conservation International, WCS…).
Moreover, I have established credibility vis-à-vis the donors like the Global Environment Facility (GEF), the World Bank, the European Union as well as the bilateral ones (United States Agency for International Development, the Swiss Aid, the Agence Française pour le Développement....).

My management skills, in their institutional, programmatic, human and financial dimension, have been highly appreciated for their efficiency during my successive positions. Moreover, I have taken the leadership for the definition of a shared vision and the mission statement of the structures or those of the NGOs, platforms and networks which emerged with my facilitation.

During 20 years, one of my great passion has been to catalyse the conciliation of the values, principles, and actions of the local, national and international agreements and conventions with actors working in multiple domains. I have developed this proficiency, often as a volunteer representing national platforms,
TWO MASTERS, Master of Science and Master in Development:

1.Professional Master (Diplôme d’Etudes Professionnelles Approfondies) in Development, major in Environmental Management: Consideration of social, cultural, economic and environmental issues in sustainable development in Africa, delivered by the Université Internationale de la Francophonie, called Université Senghor, Alexandria, Egypt, Excellent mention with wide diffusion of the thesis, 1995.

2. Master of Science (Diplôme d’Etudes Approfondies de troisième cycle) in Physics and Chemistry, University of Antananarivo, 1991. Highest mention.
Maîtrise de Recherche (Master of Science for research) and Licence d’Enseignement (Bachelor for Teaching), On Physics and Chemistry, University of Antananarivo, 1988.

Training on Leadership and Membership, Communication, Negotiation, Management
Certificate as a Small Business creator and developer, Agence Universitaire de la Francophonie, Antananarivo, 2004.
Certificate of Trainers training on Socio-Economic Analysis integrating gender issues, FAO –ONE, Antananarivo 1999 and 2000 with an international exchange in 2001.
Internship on Accreditation of Environmental Analysis Laboratories for the strategic assignment planning of the Direction of laboratories (Water, soil, air, food) within the Ministry of Environment and Fauna, Quebec, Canada, 1994.

Affiliations and Achievements:
-Member of the Steering Committee and Honorary member of the Indigenous Peoples and Community Conserved Areas and Territories (ICCA) Consortium, since 2012.

-Member of the Commission on Environment, Economic and Social Policy of the IUCN ( World Conservation Union) especially for the Themes on Governance, Equity and Rights; Sustainable Livelihood; and Social and Environmental Accountability of the Private Sector, since 2000;
- Strategic Advisor of TAFO MIHAAVO, a network of 400 local communities managing Natural resources in Madagascar

- First Elected President in 2004 -2005, and Board member from 2007 to 2009 of the Association Intercooperation Madagascar.
- Board Member of Voahary Salama: Health, Population and Environment NGOs platform in 2012-2014. Member of the Board of the “Young Entrepreneurs Project” in 1998-2000.

Knowledge sharing and exchange, Capacity building, Resource mobilisation and negotiation, Partnership development, Institutional development, Strategic planning, Network forming through:
-International congresses and conferences as a presenter, facilitator, and contributor to the debates:
°Conference of Parties on Biodiversity, Mexico 2016 and India 2012;
°World Park Congress, Australia 2014;
°IUCN World Conservation Congress, Korea 2012 and Spain 2008;
? WILD, Spain 2013;
°UNESCO-IUCN World Heritage meetings, Kenya 2006 and France 2004;
°World Forestry Congress, Canada 2003;
°Centre for Technical Agriculture exchange, The Netherlands, 2005;
°Malagasy Academia sessions, 2014 and 2015 and other congresses in Madagascar

Study tours on landscape approach for conservation and natural resources and territorial planning: Mayotte 2001, France and Switzerland 2000, Italy 2000 and 1997; USA and Mexico 1998 and 1997,

Periodic institutional regional and international workshops in Guinea, Morocco, Senegal, Ghana, Ethiopia, Kenya, South Africa, Switzerland from 2006 to 2016;
-ICCA Consortium General Assembly: Mexico, Spain and India, from 2012 to 2016;
- AGERAS programme partnership development with the FAO, and Exchange on Renewable Energy, Environment, and Rural Development, Burkina Faso and Niger 1999.

The presentations and publications concern, in general:
• The governance of community-conserved areas, based on the value of fokonolona (in IUCN Policy briefs),
• The governance and sustainable management of natural resources using the landscape, ecoregional and territorial approach and planning, (CRC Press),
• The adaptive collaborative management effectiveness, (UNESCO-IUCN-UNDP publication),
• The valorisation of local knowledge (Academia Malagasy bulletin),
• The accreditation of environmental laboratories and the chemical analysis of a medicinal plant. (Senghor University and University of Madagascar)

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    Years of Experience:
    More than 20 years
    Highest Qualification:
    French, English, Malagasy, basic and listening of Portuguese and Spanish
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