HDN team, ORMACC staff and community leaders in Yorkin, Costa Rica

HDN: An IUCN knowledge basket on the interrelationships between people and nature

People benefit from flows of resources and services provided by biodiversity, yet this relationship remains insufficiently recognized in planning and policy. A poorly understood area of conservation and development planning is the multi-faced role played by species and ecosystems in the lives of rural indigenous and local communities. The absence of mechanisms for decision-makers to systematically consider use of biological resources flowing from a spectrum of habitats can result in interventions that convert or damage critical aspects of biodiversity vital to local livelihoods. HDN stands for Human Dependence on Nature. …  

13 Apr 2015 | Article

Aroha Te Pareake Mead - CEESP Chair 2013-2016

CEESP Chair’s Comments: Aroha Te Pareake Mead

This edition of the CEESP newsletter enables Commission members to catch-up on many of the developments in the operation of the IUCN Commission on Environmental, Economic and Social Policy (CEESP). As a Commission, we accepted the challenge of helping to develop two new knowledge standards for IUCN – the Natural Resources Governance Framework (NRGF) and the Human Dependency on Nature Framework (HDNF). What a journey this has turned out to be! It marks a significant milestone for CEESP as it is the first time that IUCN has incorprated the social sciences in an explicit and focussed way within its global knowledge standards. As it is a new learning experience for IUCN and a new way of working for CEESP members, we have had to spend considerable time in building a common value system and vocabulary to articulate the visions and objectives of the NRGF and HDNF. …  

13 Apr 2015 | Article

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From Solutions to Resolutions: A New Social Compact for Just and Effective Conservation of Biocultural Diversity – Policy Matters (Issue 20, 2015) call for papers

IUCN-CEESP is planning to devote an entire issue of its flagship Policy Matters journal to the vision of the 'New Social Compact', a movement that sought to galvanize diverse stakeholders to collectively commit to a new conservation ethic at the IUCN 2014 World Parks Congress in Sydney and beyond. …  

12 Apr 2015 | Article

July 2014: Participants of the CAUX – Dialogue on Land and Security at the IUCN- CEESP booth, discussing the recently launched policy briefs titled Conflict – Sensitive Adaptation: Use Human Rights to Build Social and Environmental Resilience

IUCN- CEESP and IPACC Supported Policy Briefs Disseminated at the CAUX- Dialogue on Land and Security 2014

IUCN CEESP members Jennifer Mohamed-Katerere (Chair of Theme on Environment, Conflict and Security, Human Rights and Environmental Policy Expert) and young professional Omer Aijazi (PhD Candidate, University of British Columbia), represented the Theme on Environment, Conflict and Security at the CAUX Dialogue on Land and Food Security held at Caux, Switzerland from June 30th – July 4th 2014. …  

10 Jul 2014 | Article

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

Bees in the process of honey production, Madagascar

IPBES work begins - roll up sleeves

Almost 10 years after the launch of the idea and 5 years of intense discussions on the design, IPBES has adopted its first work plan for 2014-2018. The plan includes developing a set of assessments on pollination and food production, land degradation and invasive species aimed at providing policymakers with the tools to tackle pressing environmental challenges. …  

06 Jan 2014 | News story

Registration now open for the IUCN World Parks Congress 2014

 The IUCN World Parks Congress is the landmark global forum on protected areas held every ten years. It will be convened in Sydney, Australia 12 - 19 November 2014, with the theme “Parks, people, planet: inspiring solutions” designed to reflect and help deliver IUCN’s three Programme Areas. The World Parks Congress 2014 will articulate the vital role of protected areas in conserving nature while delivering essential ecosystem services, position protected areas within the goals of economic and community well-being in the post-2015 development agenda, and demonstrate and guide how this can be achieved in practice.  

09 Dec 2013 | Article
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Sustainable Bio-energy Policy Framework and Guidelines for Africa: Toward Energy Security and Sustainable Livelihoods

 A collaborative initiative of the African Union Commission (AUC) and the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA), the “Sustainable Bioenergy Policy Framework in Africa: Toward Energy Security and Sustainable Livelihoods” study (February 2012), which I had the rare privilege of undertaking, is designed to serve as a technical tool for promoting the sustainable development of bioenergy within the framework of NEPAD as well as global conventions that Africa is party to.


09 Dec 2013 | Article
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ELC meeting on the Natural Resources Governance Framework

In mid-August the IUCN Environmental Law Centre held a two-day meeting at their offices in Bonn.  …  

09 Dec 2013 | Article
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Richard Cellarius, USA

CEESP Deputy Chair Richard Cellarius appointed to the IUCN-ICMM Review of Biodiversity Performance Project Steering Committee

After over 10 years of interaction, IUCN and the International Council on Mining and Metals (ICMM) have commenced a project to review the outcomes of that interaction, i.e., to evaluate improvements in ICMM members’ biodiversity performance. The plan is to have a report prepared for presentation at the 2014 World Parks Congress. …  

25 Nov 2013 | Article
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