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 July 2015 CEESP Newsletter here

What's New?

IUCN Oceania regional forum, Suva, Fiji 114-15 July 2015

Chair's Comments: Aroha Te Pareake Mead

The series of IUCN Regional meetings have started. I participated in the IUCN Oceania Regional Forum organised by the ORO regional office in the Great Council of Chiefs Hall in Suva, Fiji, 13-15 July. …  

21 Jul 2015 | Article

The customary leader, or Ondoafi, of Papasena 2 village

Indigenous communities can do more for large-scale conservation than protected areas: New study of CIFOR

Ignoring indigenous practices is a missed opportunity, experts argue.  Indigenous communities are highly effective at protecting natural resources and can ‘fill the gap’ over vast regions where formal conservation authorities are absent.   …  

21 Jul 2015 | Article

Peruvian “Chaccu” in Huaytara Andean Community

Vicugna: Perspectivas socio – económicas desde la zona de mayor población a nivel mundial

Como Pierina Benites Alfaro (miembro de la CEESP) informa, la vicugna es el camélido sudamericano de mayor relevancia a nivel mundial. La fineza de su fibra y la historia precolombina de su aprovechamiento la convierten además en un valioso recurso que aún requiere protección para su conservación. Por ello, el comercio de la fibra de la especie se encuentra regulado a través de la Convenio sobre el Comercio Internacional de las Especies Amenazadas de Fauna y Flores Silvestre – CITES, debido a la caza indiscriminada de la cual aún es propensa. …  

17 Jul 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
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CEESP Chair, Aroha Mead, and Deputy-Chair, Richard Cellarius
  • Aroha Mead and Richard Cellarius
CEESP Newsletter - July 2015
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    CEESP Newsletter 2015

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