Commission on Environmental, Economic and Social Policy


CEESP, the IUCN Commission on Environmental, Economic and Social Policy, is an inter-disciplinary network of professionals whose mission is to act as a source of advice on the environmental, economic, social and cultural factors that affect natural resources and biological diversity and to provide guidance and support towards effective policies and practices in environmental conservation and sustainable development.


New! Read the April 2016 CEESP Newsletter here

What's New?

1618: Chairs Comments

In 2000 at the World Conservation Congress in Amman, Jordan, IUCN Members passed a resolution in support of Environmental Defenders. The resolution called on the IUCN Director General to speak out publically and forcefully in support of freedom for individuals to participate in grassroots environmental activities; in support of environmental advocates who are suffering harassment or persecution; and to discourage harassment or persecution of environmental advocates and environmental organizations using all appropriate means.

06 Apr 2016 | Article

Continuing climate change affects profoundly the fundamental determinants of health which are often neglected in the study area Gabura Union of Bangladesh.

Climate Change Impact on Water and Sanitation in the Vulnerable South Western Part of Bangladesh

Bangladesh one of the most vulnerable nations to climate change is likely to face the devastating impact of climate change on health. Enormous health hazards ranging from large number of deaths through natural disasters to emergence of vector borne diseases, water and food insecurity, vulnerable shelter and human settlements and population migration are already evident. If timely action, appropriate public health policy to combat climate change is not taken more human lives will be destroyed by catastrophic events and health will be endangered severely. The country is already experiencing more frequent number of cyclones like Sidr and Aila at short interval. Flood is a common phenomenon here. …  

04 Apr 2016 | Article

An elder of the Hmong community with Cory W. Whitney

Indigenous culture and conservation of nature in Vietnam

Vietnam has experienced many rapid changes in recent years, leading to economic growth for the country but also to the loss of biodiversity, increased poverty, and food insecurity among the rural poor. Consequently, ethnic minority communities are finding it difficult to maintain their way of life. Rural development and poverty reduction programs have had little impact in terms of sustainable community development, particularly for ethnic minorities in highland areas. They are typically short-term and top-down approaches based on outsiders’ ideas about how to reduce poverty. The consequences are both that the community does not benefit from the efforts and the people are made passive rather than active in their own development. …  

04 Apr 2016 | Article

Latest Publications

TECS briefs on Conflict sensitive adaptation

Conflict-sensitive adaptation. Use Human Rights to Build Social and Environmental Resilience

A new set of briefs

TECS in collaboration with IPACC (Indigenous Peoples of Africa Coordinating Committee) has published a set of policy briefs on how human rights can serve as a foundation for making adaptation conflict sensitive. At the 2010 UNFCCC COP the importance of making climate change adaptation conflict sensitive was identified in several side events. This is a priority because adaptation if poorly planned could increase conflict by multiplying existing conflict stressors. In turn this could aggravate existing vulnerabilities making it increasingly difficult to achieve development goals and human security. Pre-existing factors such as weak tenure, gender inequality and the marginalization of indigenous people can contribute to adaptation choices that favour one group over another. The absence of inclusive governance incorporating legitimate processes for making decisions and resolving difference can compound this situation. In this set of policy briefs, TECS and IPACC demonstrate that by putting human rights at the centre of adaptation planning and actions, governments and other actors can help avoid conflict and be effective in reducing human vulnerability, building resilience and enhance human security.

 You can access these briefs here

Launch of Policy Matters 19 at the Asia Regional Office, April 2014

The latest edition of CEESP's Policy Matters now available: Remembering Elinor Ostrom

The latest edition of CEESP's peer-reviewed journal Policy Matters was launched at the Asia Regional Office in Bangkok on April 21st by Aroha Mead (Chair of CEESP and one of the co-editors) and Mike Murphree (Acting Chair of the CEESP/SSC Specialist Group on Sustainable Use and Livelihoods).  

07 May 2014 | Article

CEESP Policy Matters 18 Cover

Policy Matters 18 - Macroeconomics Policies, Livelihoods and Sustainability- available to download

Policy Matters 18: Macroeconomic Policies, Livelihoods and Sustainability …  

11 Apr 2012 | Article

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