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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Global Goals

Sustainable Development Goals recognise role of business

The United Nations' new development agenda presents a historic opportunity for the private sector to actively participate in addressing the world’s global challenges, and building a more inclusive and sustainable society.    

24 Sep 2015 | Article

Brushed aluminium

IUCN receives award for its role in setting sustainable aluminium industry standard

IUCN has received a Gold Facilitation Impact Award from the International Association of Facilitators (IAF) for leading a multi-stakeholder process to launch the now independent Aluminium Stewardship Initiative’s first Performance Standard.  

15 Sep 2015 | Article

Ariel Brunner of BirdLife Europe

The pros and cons of biodiversity offsets

Protecting forests and restoring wetlands are some of the actions companies and governments are taking to make up for biodiversity lost as a result of their development activities. These measurable conservation actions - designed to compensate for unavoidable impacts, on top of prevention and mitigation measures already implemented - are known as biodiversity offsets. The goal of offsets is to achieve no net loss and preferably a net gain of biodiversity on the ground in relation to species’ numbers, habitat and ecosystem function. …  

07 Sep 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