A global community that loves and values nature.

We enable the global community to effectively communicate and use knowledge to create positive conservation change.

The IUCN Commission on Education and Communication will contribute practical communication, education, capacity development and knowledge management expertise to the IUCN Quadrennial Programme 2013-2016 of (i) valuing and conserving nature; (ii) effective and equitable governance of nature’s use; and (iii) deploying nature-based solutions to global challenges; with the specific objectives listed below: 

1. Strategic Plan for Biodiversity Aichi Target 1
CEC Result: Lead IUCN’s work on Aichi Target 1 of the Strategic Plan for Biodiversity of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), "By 2020, at the latest, people are aware of the values of biodiversity and the steps they can take to conserve and use it sustainably".

Target: Parties of the CBD demonstrate Communication, Education and Public Awareness (CEPA) actions as part of their National Biodiversity Strategic Action Plans, in collaboration with the CBD Secretariat.

2. IUCN Capacity Development
CEC Result: Operationalise IUCN’s capacity development to deliver the IUCN Programme.

Target: IUCN components have guidance, tools and examples of good practice capacity development to generate conservation action.

3. Nature-based Solutions to Global Challenges
CEC Result: Promote nature-based solutions within and beyond the conservation community.

• A global series of case studies and stories of nature-based solutions to climate change are available, particularly focussing on the most vulnerable communities (e.g. environmental migrants), developed in collaboration with the Ecosystem Management Programme, Gender Programme, humanitarian and environmental security organisations.
• IUCN’s Business Engagement Strategy is implemented with the support of the Business and Biodiversity Programme and CEC to design appropriate capacity building, communication and stakeholder engagement approaches, particularly with the water, food and agriculture sector.

4. CEC Network Development
CEC Result: Develop a globally active CEC network to support programme implementation

• An IUCN-wide knowledge management system is in place that maps commissions, Members and staff expertise and location; programme’s knowledge products and services to support programme delivery, including CEC specific content, in collaboration with Information Systems.
• Active social networking platforms connect CEC members, demonstrate best practices in communication and promote conservation action, in collaboration with Global Communications Unit.
• CEC members directly support the implementation of Regional Programmes and have at least ten national level CEC networks supporting the implementation of conservation projects of IUCN.
• Partnerships established with relevant youth-focused and youth-led organisations that leverage the outreach of IUCN’s programme knowledge to help create action-oriented sustainability educational materials, advise on biodiversity conservation actions on the ground, and promote good practices of youth-led conservation initiatives and stimulate action across generations.