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


What's new?

Adult Antarctic Krill

Underestimating the ocean: new evidence from IUCN highlights the carbon-regulating capacity of the ocean

Gland, Switzerland, 9 December 2014 – Protecting key carbon-absorbing areas of the ocean and conserving fish and krill stocks are critical for tackling climate change. This is one of the findings of a report released today by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) in which top marine scientists describe how atmospheric carbon is captured, stored and moves in the ocean. …   | Dutch

09 Dec 2014 | International news release

Publicación La Cordillera del Cóndor a dos voces.

Latin American and Caribbean countries and regional programmes launch initiative 20x20 to restore 20 million hectares of land

Initiative 20x20 brings together national and regional commitments plus US$ 365 million of private finance to restore forests and ecosystems, reduce poverty and improve agricultural productivity. …   | Spanish

07 Dec 2014 | News story

Red-eyed tree frog, Costa Rica

Countries’ economic power does not predict conservation performance

Gland, Switzerland, 1 December 2014 – Some countries are doing better than others at conserving their share of global vertebrate biodiversity, and the factors of success are not related to economic wealth. …  

01 Dec 2014 | International news release

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