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?

“We can now begin to say which forest reserves are healthy and which are in a degraded state and may require restoration.” This is an early draft of an on-going effort to map the health of Ghana's important forest reserves.

IUCN Maps Health of Ghana’s Forest Reserves

You cannot manage what you have not measured. A new effort to map the health of Ghana’s important forest reserves is now underway. …  

17 Jul 2014 | Article

Planting Palm leaves to stop desertification on the road from Mides to Tozeur, southern Tunisia

Protected areas – reducing climate change impacts and supporting livelihoods

The reality of climate change and the risks it poses to communities and ecosystems is increasingly being felt across Africa, with one of the greatest risks being desertification. …  

15 Jul 2014 | Article

Lake Bogoria lesser flamingos

IUCN welcomes 11 new Members

The IUCN Council has admitted 11 new Members to IUCN. …   | French | Spanish

14 Jul 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