Specialist Groups

Intercommission Task Forces

Group Chair
Arctic Regime Task Force Wolfgang Burhenne


CEL Specialist Groups - Meetings 2005-2012

17-18 November 2009
American University, Washington DC

29-30 June 2007
Istanbul, Turkey

1-2 June 2006
Foz do Iguaçu, Brazil

The former Chair of the IUCN Commission on Environmental Law, Sheila Abed, convened an historic first meeting of CEL Specialist Group Chairs in Foz do Iguaçu, Brazil on 1-2 June 2006.

The purpose of the meeting was to gain a collective understanding of each others work, to promote co-operation between all Specialist Groups and the Steering Committee, to discuss SG workplans and priorities in the context of the CEL Mandate and ELP Programme, and to explore sources of funding for their work. The Chair noted the importance of promoting work between the Specialist Groups and with other Commissions and the identification of major crosscutting themes. She also informed the SG Chairs that at the last Bonn Steering Committee (SC) Meeting, the SC Members stressed the importance of the role of the Specialist Groups’ Chairs and Co-Chairs as CEL leaders and working partners for an active and successful Commission, and discussed the need to adopt agreed ways of effective communication and co-ordination within and between the Specialist Groups, and with the Steering Committee.

The meeting also explored the relationship of the IUCN Environmental Law Programme with the academic research agenda of the IUCN Academy. The Chair accepted the unanimous recommendation of the meeting to make meetings of Specialist Group Chairs an annual event.

Each SG Chair briefly introduced themselves to the meeting and made a presentation on their work plan.