Commission on Environmental, Economic and Social Policy


CEESP, the IUCN Commission on Environmental, Economic and Social Policy, is an inter-disciplinary network of professionals whose mission is to act as a source of advice on the environmental, economic, social and cultural factors that affect natural resources and biological diversity and to provide guidance and support towards effective policies and practices in environmental conservation and sustainable development.


New! Read the April 2015 CEESP Newsletter here

What's New?

WCC 2016

Call for Contributions to the IUCN World Conservation Congress 2016 now open

The IUCN World Conservation Congress 2016 will bring together several thousand leaders and decision-makers from government, civil society, business, and academia with the goal of conserving the environment and harnessing the solutions nature offers to global challenges. This is an opportunity not to be missed!

If you want to be part of the 2016 Congress and host an event during the Forum, the Call for Contributions is your opportunity to seize! You have from now until 15 October 2015 to submit your proposal!   …   | Spanish

09 Jun 2015 | Article

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From Solutions to Resolutions: A New Social Compact for Just and Effective Conservation of Biocultural Diversity – Policy Matters (Issue 20, 2015) call for papers

IUCN-CEESP is planning to devote an entire issue of its flagship Policy Matters journal to the vision of the 'New Social Compact', a movement that sought to galvanize diverse stakeholders to collectively commit to a new conservation ethic at the IUCN 2014 World Parks Congress in Sydney and beyond. …   | French | Spanish

26 May 2015 | Article

Night view of Mauna Kea.

The rising: Native Hawaiians and local community face off against government and university to protect sacred mountain (CEESP member opinion editorial by Trisha Kehaulani Watson)

CEESP- TILCEPA's role is anchored in an understanding that conservation and the success of Protected Areas in conserving biodiversity are located in social, economic and cultural contexts. Local and traditional knowledge, skills, values, beliefs, stewardship and livelihoods all play a role in determining whether biodiversity can be effectively conserved or will be depleted. There is a broad range of Protected Area practices; and within these arrangements the interface between the State, Protected Area agencies (private, communal, State or para-Statal) and communities always involves the exercise and negotiation of power. This aspect of power relations in Protected Areas governance and processes is not in a single act, but in an ongoing process that requires reflection, assessment and transparency to maximize healthy, mutually respectful cooperation. …  

14 Apr 2015 | Article

Latest Publications

TECS briefs on Conflict sensitive adaptation

Conflict-sensitive adaptation. Use Human Rights to Build Social and Environmental Resilience

A new set of briefs

TECS in collaboration with IPACC (Indigenous Peoples of Africa Coordinating Committee) has published a set of policy briefs on how human rights can serve as a foundation for making adaptation conflict sensitive. At the 2010 UNFCCC COP the importance of making climate change adaptation conflict sensitive was identified in several side events. This is a priority because adaptation if poorly planned could increase conflict by multiplying existing conflict stressors. In turn this could aggravate existing vulnerabilities making it increasingly difficult to achieve development goals and human security. Pre-existing factors such as weak tenure, gender inequality and the marginalization of indigenous people can contribute to adaptation choices that favour one group over another. The absence of inclusive governance incorporating legitimate processes for making decisions and resolving difference can compound this situation. In this set of policy briefs, TECS and IPACC demonstrate that by putting human rights at the centre of adaptation planning and actions, governments and other actors can help avoid conflict and be effective in reducing human vulnerability, building resilience and enhance human security.

 You can access these briefs here

Launch of Policy Matters 19 at the Asia Regional Office, April 2014

The latest edition of CEESP's Policy Matters now available: Remembering Elinor Ostrom

The latest edition of CEESP's peer-reviewed journal Policy Matters was launched at the Asia Regional Office in Bangkok on April 21st by Aroha Mead (Chair of CEESP and one of the co-editors) and Mike Murphree (Acting Chair of the CEESP/SSC Specialist Group on Sustainable Use and Livelihoods).  

07 May 2014 | Article

CEESP Policy Matters 18 Cover

Policy Matters 18 - Macroeconomics Policies, Livelihoods and Sustainability- available to download

Policy Matters 18: Macroeconomic Policies, Livelihoods and Sustainability …  

11 Apr 2012 | Article

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Aroha Te Pareake Mead - CEESP Chair
  • Aroha Mead, New Zealand
CEESP Chair, Aroha Mead, and Deputy-Chair, Richard Cellarius
  • Aroha Mead and Richard Cellarius
CEESP Newsletter - April 2015
  • CEESP Newsletter 2015

    CEESP Newsletter 2015

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