Indonesian Papua highlands

The Commission on Ecosystem Management - CEM

The Commission on Ecosystem Management (CEM) is one of IUCN’s six scientific Commissions. CEM is a network of volunteer experts, numbering 1,000, from around the world working on ecosystem management related issues, for example climate change adaptation, disaster risk reduction, Red List of Ecosystems, fisheries and ecosystem restoration and services. The Commission works closely with other IUCN Commissions, regional offices and global thematic programmes. The Global Ecosystem Management Programme (EMP) is the focal programme for CEM, which provides secretariat and technical support. EMP is now located at the IUCN Regional Office in Nairobi, Kenya,  though  CEM membership and communications support remains at IUCN Headquarters in Gland, Switzerland.

Burkina Faso, West Africa


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Canaima National Park, Venezuela

Second IUCN Red List of Ecosystems photo contest: Open until 5 October

Don't miss your chance to participate in the IUCN Red List of Ecosystems photo contest - open until 5 October! …  

29 Sep 2014 | News story

Securing the sustainability of the Mount Elgon forest ecosystem, Kenya - Uganda

Protected areas in Uganda – reducing climate change impacts and supporting livelihoods

The reality of climate change and the risks it poses to communities and ecosystems is increasingly being felt across Africa, with one of the greatest risks being landslides. …  

18 Sep 2014 | Article

Fort Massachusetts on West Ship Island, part of Gulf Islands National Seashore, was flooded after Hurricane Katrina

Nature, a wise investment – the Katrina story

In August 2005 Hurricane Katrina hit the Louisiana and Mississippi coastline of the United States, flooding New Orleans and causing catastrophic damage to coastal communities in both states. Katrina still ranks as the costliest storm in US history, inflicting an estimated US$81 billion in damages and causing 1,836 deaths. …  

18 Sep 2014 | Article

IUCN Commissions Brochure
Overview of CEM Thematic Groups, Regions and Members from Barcelona 2008 to jeju 2012 "living document"
Intersessional Programme Report 2008-2012