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 Oct 2015 CEESP Newsletter here

What's New?

Policy Matters (Issue 21) Call for Papers

Certification and Biodiversity - How Voluntary Certification Standards impact biodiversity and human livelihoods.

CEESP TSEAPRISE Certification and biodiversity Project
The IUCN Commission on Environmental, Economic and Social Policy (CEESP) is planning Issue 21 of its peer-reviewed journal, Policy Matters. Our TSEAPRISE-led team is soliciting expressions of interest and abstracts from those interested in the biodiversity and social impacts of voluntary certification standards (VCS) and call for abstracts of up to 250 words for short articles (2500 – 5000 words) on this topic. 

06 Oct 2015 | Article

Pastoralists flee Central African Republic due to conflict, Cameroon 2013.

TECS and TGER partner with the IUCN Global Drylands Initiative to develop a guide on securing pastoral tenure

 The IUCN Global Drylands Initiative has partnered with the CEESP themes on Environment, Conflict and Security (TECS) and governance, equity and rights (TGER) to develop a guide on pastoral tenure. The World Commission on Environmental Law (WCEL) have also been active partners. A Technical Board consisting of experts in the field of pastoralism, including pastoralist representatives identified through WAMIP, has overseen the development of the guide. The guide has further been peer reviewed by volunteers identified through the WISP- and CEESP- networks. The guide is currently going through a final phase of revision. …  

06 Oct 2015 | Article

Chair's Comments

Over the past five months IUCN has been holding Regional Conservation Forum (RCF) that have brought together IUCN members, Commission members, Regional Offices and Gland Secretariat colleagues. The RCF are an invaluable opportunity to discuss the conservation priorities of the regions of the world. It’s a time to reflect upon those issues that are common across all regions and those that are more pressing to a specific region. A consistent theme that is emerging from the feedback I’ve received is a sense of disquiet amongst many CEESP Commission members of the tendency to interpret IUCN’s programme area ‘nature-based solutions’ towards ’market-based’ solutions to environmental problems.

05 Oct 2015 | 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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Aroha Te Pareake Mead - CEESP Chair
  • Aroha Mead, New Zealand
CEESP Chair, Aroha Mead, and Deputy-Chair, Richard Cellarius
  • Aroha Mead and Richard Cellarius
CEESP Newsletter - October 2015
  • CEESP Newsletter Oct 2015

    CEESP Newsletter Oct 2015

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