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 About & how we engage

CEC recognises that knowledge is only useful in influencing conservation policies and actions if people are engaged in constructive dialogue and motivated to action by its findings. In this line, the Commission drives change for the co-creation of sustainable solutions through leading communication, learning and knowledge management in IUCN and the wider conservation community.

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Our Mission

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To strengthen the work of the Union through creative, innovative, participatory, responsive, and effective communication and education, as tools to effect positive social and behavioural change for the well-being of people and planet.

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Our Members

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CEC members are professionals from around the globe who volunteer their time and talent in pursuit of sustainability. We encourage diversity in terms of experience, disciplines, cultures, languages, ages and gender.

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Our Networks

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As a CEC Member, you are invited to join and contribute to our programme priorities and be part of their networks. Our networks are focused on weaving communities of practice between members, initiatives, countries and regions.

Our Work

The Commission undertakes its mission through engaging its members’ expertise, research and actions, including indigenous and traditional knowledge, to support the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), the IUCN Programme, the post-2020 biodiversity framework, and other emerging needs and priorities of IUCN. We undertake this work through four programme priorities.

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Programme Priorities
#NatureForAll

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A global movement to inspire, celebrate and restore love of nature. Share your love of Nature!

Nature Education

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CEC aims to integrate nature education as part of the formal, non formal, and informal education systems. Share your expertise!

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CEC supports the inclusion and empowerment of young people to advance Nature 2030. Join us!

Reimagine Conservation

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A global movement to listen, discuss, imagine and act towards a sustainable planet. Reimagine with us!

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CEC Leadership

Sean Southey

Mr Sean Southey, Chair

Email: sean.southey@iucn.org
Sean is now in his second term as Chair of the IUCN CEC and is also President of Zamia Media. He is deeply committed to community empowerment and using creative media to ...

Email: sean.southey@iucn.org
Sean is now in his second term as Chair of the IUCN CEC and is also President of Zamia Media. He is deeply committed to community empowerment and using creative media to facilitate powerful social change. A resourceful manager with over 30 years of experience in the development and communications field, he has a multi-sector background; Sean spent 12 years with the United Nations Development Programme, 5 years with the Canadian government and 13 years working with other international non-government organizations such as ICLEI (Secretary General), Rare (Vice-President) and PCI Media (President). Sean is a dual Canadian and South African citizen and has lived, worked and travelled in over 100 countries. He holds a MSC from the London School of Economics and a BA in Economics from University of British Columbia, and has a wonderful daughter, Safia.

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I see the role of our Commission as advancing our collective capacity to use the tools, ideas and creative approaches of education and communication to help create the social norms, values, organizations and behaviours that will help us realize the vision of IUCN and the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.


Dr Mary Margaret OTIENO

Deputy Chair
Email: megooko90@yahoo.com
Dr Margaret Otieno is the CEO/National Coordinator of Wildlife Clubs of Kenya, a national NGO targeting the youth and communities with Conservation Education ...

Deputy Chair
Email: megooko90@yahoo.com
Dr Margaret Otieno is the CEO/National Coordinator of Wildlife Clubs of Kenya, a national NGO targeting the youth and communities with Conservation Education. Margaret is also a board member of Worldlife Kenya, African Fund for Endangered Wildlife, Elsa Conservation Trust and is Deputy Chair for the Kenya Steering Committee (IUCN) and Deputy Chair for IUCN Commission on Education and Communication (CEC) for Eastern and Southern Africa. A holder of a PhD in Climate Change and Education for Sustainable Development and an MSc in Environment and Development, she is the 2020 winner of the 2020 International Brandwein Medal award. Margaret is a passionate hands-on environmental education professional and is driven by the belief that sustained education from grassroots to leadership levels is the single most important element in improved environmental protection and conservation. Through Africa wide workshops, WCK has stimulated a continental wildlife clubs movement. It has also helped spawn clubs in Asia, Latin America, and elsewhere in the developing world. In over 50 years, WCK has helped educate over
1,000,000 young Kenyans and placed many of them in positions of influence.

Ms Katalin CZIPPAN

Strategic Advisor & Nature Education for Sustainability Co-Chair
Email: katalin.czippan@cec.iucn.org

Katalin Czippan is an educator with experience in the field of environmental and sustainability ...

Strategic Advisor & Nature Education for Sustainability Co-Chair
Email: katalin.czippan@cec.iucn.org

Katalin Czippan is an educator with experience in the field of environmental and sustainability education and communication from running nature camps and campaigns to support governments in policy making. In IUCN CEC she is Co-Chair of the Nature Education for Sustainability Network and Strategic Advisor to the Chair. Previously she served as Deputy Chair of CEC and prior to that as a European Regional Vice Chair. She initiated and worked together with several European CEC members on the Experiential Learning and Education for Nature Awareness project (www.elena-project.eu) at the IUCN member Bavarian Academy for Nature Conservation and Landscape Management.

She is an active member of several NGOs and scientific organisations, like the Hungarian National Committee of UNESCO, and chair of the Board of Trustees of Tiszta Út (Clean Way) Foundation. At the foundation she initiated and supervises a donor program to support greening school yards with the participation of students to use new or extended green places for learning and school-community purposes.

She has authored several publications, given lectures, and ran several projects in the field of education and education for sustainability. She believes that all conservation efforts should apply education as a strategic tool. She also believes that all forms of education should facilitate learning about and from nature – to see nature as a system, to understand the human-nature interconnectedness and to love, appreciate and protect natural values.

Greening School Grounds
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Global Lessons on Greening School Grounds and Outdoor Learning

The IUCN Commission on Education and Communication (CEC) extends the #NatureForAll invitation to be part of the Global Lessons on School Ground Greening and Outdoor Learning project, which aims to identify and disseminate successful…