Indonesian Papua highlands

The Commission on Ecosystem Management - CEM

The Commission on Ecosystem Management (CEM) is one of IUCN’s six scientific Commissions. CEM is a network of volunteer experts, numbering 1,000, from around the world working on ecosystem management related issues, for example climate change adaptation, disaster risk reduction, Red List of Ecosystems, fisheries and ecosystem restoration and services. The Commission works closely with other IUCN Commissions, regional offices and global thematic programmes. The Global Ecosystem Management Programme (EMP) is the focal programme for CEM, which provides secretariat and technical support. EMP is now located at the IUCN Regional Office in Nairobi, Kenya,  though  CEM membership and communications support remains at IUCN Headquarters in Gland, Switzerland.

Burkina Faso, West Africa


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Cloud Forest on Mount Lidgbird, Lord Howe Island

Climate change key threat to ecosystems at risk

Climate change has emerged as a key threat to a diverse range of ecosystems in Australia and beyond, according to studies published in a special issue of the journal Austral Ecology. …  

17 Jul 2015 | News story

Presentation at 2015 Communications Summit in Brussels #ECS2015

Blog: Embracing a new era of communications – harnessing the power of the digital world

By Claire Warmenbol. Did you know that the world today creates as much data in 10 minutes as in all of human history up until the year 2003? That is a lot of information. Amongst all this noise, how do environmental messages stand a chance of being heard? Or better, to have an impact and instigate change? …  

14 Jul 2015 | News story

Jirisan National Park, South Korea

A new chapter begins for the IUCN Green List of Protected Areas

Recognizing success provides inspiration and constructive feedback. Through the IUCN Green List of Protected Areas (GLPA), IUCN is seeking to provide an innovative tool for managers and protected area systems to assess and monitor PA values, identify existing possibilities to improve performance and demonstrate how effective management can lead to positive conservation impacts. A milestone meeting held in Switzerland marked the beginning of the “GLPA Development Phase”. The development of the global GLPA standard has shifted into a higher gear, building on the lessons from the pilot phase. …  

08 Jul 2015 | Article

IUCN Commissions Brochure
Overview of CEM Thematic Groups, Regions and Members from Barcelona 2008 to jeju 2012 "living document"
Intersessional Programme Report 2008-2012