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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.

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Confronting risk: The Red List of Ecosystems as a practical and effective tool for conservation

We know our planet faces unprecedented impacts human activity and climate change – biodiversity loss and environmental degradation continue at alarming rates – but where are the opportunities for action? What can be done to secure a sustainable future? IUCN has developed the Red List of Ecosystems (RLE), a new tool and global standard to assess risks to ecosystems so as to inform where and how we can act. It is a tool that is already in high demand. …  

26 May 2015 | Article

Announcing the 1st World Forum on Ecosystem Governance

All life depends on the services provided by healthy ecosystems, including human wellbeing. Today these complex systems are threatened by unsustainable demands for resources, climate change, political con-flicts, and decades of inadequate and inappropriate management. Understanding the state of the world’s ecosystems, the threats they face, and their resilience is crucial if we are to develop holistic and inclusive and innovative policies, strategies and actions to remediate these threats. …  

16 Apr 2015 | Article

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Commercial agriculture and forestry could have a net positive impact on biodiversity – IUCN report

Gland, Switzerland, 16 April 2015 (IUCN) – A new IUCN study examines, for the first time, how commercial agriculture and forestry production could reduce global biodiversity loss by applying innovative approaches already used by some companies in the extractive and infrastructure industries.
 

16 Apr 2015 | 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