To provide expert guidance on integrated approaches to the management of natural and modified ecosystems to promote biodiversity conservation and sustainable development.
The Commission is led by the Chair, Mr. Piet Wit, who is supported by a Steering Committee, Regional Vice Chairs and IUCN's Ecosystem Management Programme as CEM's secretariat.
The SC provides leadership and guides the development and implementation of the CEM’s work. The SC also works to facilitate the establishment of CEM's Thematic Groups, identify and initiate fundraising opportunities, strengthen partnerships and promote membership.
CEM holds two SC meetings every year, and where possible does so in conjunction with a related workshop. Minutes of the last SC meeting can be downloaded from this webpage.
Regional Chairs provide leadership and guide the development and implementation of CEM’s work within their region. They also promote establishment of regionally based specialist groups, facilitate membership growth and foster initiatives for training and capacity building in the region.
CEM has identified 19 themes as programmatic priority for 2013 - 2016 in its intersessional plan. Each theme has a group of experts working on issues related to the theme and has a Thematic Group Leader facilitating the group's composition and functioning. The 18 thematic groups are:
- Ecosystems Redlist
- Landscape Management
- Climate Change Adaptation
- Disaster Risk Reduction
- Capacity Building for Ecosystem Management
- Ecosystem Services
- Dryland Ecosystems
- Island Ecosystems
- Deep Sea Ecosystems & mining
- Wetland Ecosystems
- Mountain Ecosystems
- Ecosystems and the Private Sector
- Coastal Ecosystems Group
- Holarctic Steppes
- Mediterranean-type Ecosystems
- Ecosystèmes oasiens
- Peatland Ecosystems
- Ecosystems & Invasive Species