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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12A_48_06, Large mesh size Gillnet fishing boat at the Bengal coast, by Rubaiyat Mansur WCS, SOS - Save Our Species

SOS Marine: Collaboration key to saving Bangladesh’s cetaceans from gillnets

The lives of Bangladesh's fishermen and its coastal cetaceans are intertwined. Regarded as their brethren at sea, fishermen often lament the death of these top predators through entanglement in gillnets. Finding mutually beneficial solutions, Brian Smith and colleague Rubaiyat Mowgli Mansur, working for SOS grantee and IUCN Member, the Wildlife Conservation Society, report on the promising start to an initiative to align priorities for both fishermen and cetaceans using new processes and Global Positioning System (GPS) technologies. With such an innovative project, there has been some learning on the job generating new insights and practices according to Brian.   …  

10 Jul 2014 | News story

Large spider from Lawachara National Park; a hub of biodiversity in north-east Bangladesh

Study demands new strategy to save species

A team of scientists working in partnership with IUCN has revealed that intergovernmental commitments to expand global protected areas could still leave many species in danger of disappearing from our planet. …  

02 Jul 2014 | Article

2012A-45-05, Bill K and UKNP RPUs 071012 Inov 267, SOS Save Our Species,

Javan Rhinos: Rangers protect the unseen

Like the semi-mystical Saola, the Critically Endangered Javan Rhino (Rhinoceros sondaicus) is rarely seen. That does not dishearten the 16 members of Java's 4-man Rhino Protection Units (RPUs), however. Trekking hundreds of kilometers through the dense jungle of Ujung Kulon National Park (UKNP) each year, these teams are successfully protecting this unique creature from poachers – not one has been killed this century. SOS grantee, the International Rhino Foundation’s (IRF) Bill Konstant details just how elusive these creatures are.   …  

27 Jun 2014 | News story

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