About & How We Engage

CEESP contributes to the IUCN's Mission by generating and disseminating knowledge, mobilising influence, and promoting actions to harmonise the conservation of nature with the critical social, cultural, environmental, and economic justice concerns of human societies.

 

 

 

 

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Our Work

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CEESP members contribute to the mandate of the Commission by providing insights, expertise, and traditional knowledge as well as by promoting policies and actions that relate to the human dimensions of conservation.

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Our structure

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The work of the Commission is organised into RegionsThemes and a number of Specialist Groups or Task Forces linked to the Themes.

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Open call to submit news

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To capture the news, updates and work of CEESP members and the community, we invite a ‘rolling’ submission of your news and updates, at your convenience. Email your contributions in any official language of IUCN (English, French and Spanish).  

Our Network

CEESP is a unique network of more than 1,000 volunteers representing disciplines from biology and anthropology, economics and law, to culture and Indigenous peoples - among many others. Our work represents the crossroads of conservation and development.

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CEESP Spotlight
Phionah Orishaba of the International Crane Foundation / Endangered Wildlife Trust Partnership and community members discuss connections between human and wetland health

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From 2004 up to today, the Theme on Governance, Equity and Rights (TGER) has been building recognition of Indigenous and community conserved areas as well as diverse protected area governance types.

Sustainable shrimp farming saves mangroves in Viet Nam

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The Human Wellbeing and Sustainable Livelihoods (HWSL) Theme focuses on the concept of wellbeing to inform improved design and evaluation of conservation and development interventions.

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CEESP in Oceania focuses on promoting CEESP’s vision of sustainability, social justice, diversity and equity in conservation and development. In Oceania, an island region where Indigenous peoples constitute majority populations and are strongly connected to place, this means supporting people-centered conservation. 

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Commission Leadership

CEESP’s natural and social scientists, environmental and economic policy experts and practitioners in community-based conservation offer resources and expertise to meet the challenges of conservation.

Kristen Walker Painemilla

Kristen Walker Painemilla, Chair of CEESP

Kristen provides leadership on a range of policies and practice related to Indigenous Peoples and local communities, gender, human rights-based approaches, social safeguards, and engagement with the ...

Kristen provides leadership on a range of policies and practice related to Indigenous Peoples and local communities, gender, human rights-based approaches, social safeguards, and engagement with the peace and development community. Effective conservation can only occur with and through the cooperation of Indigenous peoples and local communities living in and around protected areas — and elsewhere. Support of women as conservation stewards and decision-makers is central to this work. 

 

Throughout her 25-year career, Kristen has advocated effectively and globally to improve the engagement of indigenous peoples and local communities in conservation through a human rights-based approach, and a focus on people-centered conservation. Since 2016, Kristen has also powerfully committed herself to the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) in her elected role of Chair of the IUCN Commission on Environment, Economic and Social Policy (CEESP), promoting research and policies to balance nature conservation with socioeconomic and cultural concerns. Under her tenure, the Commission has supported the Union’s Members, supported all seven Commissions, advanced work with Indigenous Peoples Organization Members, engaged in research around well-being and conservation, peace and migration and governance.  

 

Kristen is the Senior Vice President for the Center for Communities and Conservation at Conservation International (CI). For more information on her work with CI, visit here. Kristen holds a degree in Latin American Studies and Anthropology from George Washington University. She was a Cotlow Scholar in 1996, a Fulbright Scholar in 1997-1998 and is a Senior Fellow with the Environmental Leadership Program. She serves on several boards, including the Equator Initiative, the Bushmeat Crisis Task Force and the Chol-Chol Foundation. 

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Effective conservation can only occur with and through the cooperation of Indigenous peoples and local communities living in and around protected areas and elsewhere.


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Ameyali Ramos, Deputy Chair of CEESP

Ameyali Ramos has been working on social and environmental governance, international policy and human rights issues for over 20 years.

Iben Munck

Iben Munck, Executive Officer for CEESP

Iben Munck's background is in international tourism and nature conservation. Decades of travel and living in different cultures and countries provided her with a deep commitment to community ...

Iben Munck's background is in international tourism and nature conservation. Decades of travel and living in different cultures and countries provided her with a deep commitment to community empowerment and nature conservation.