Ecosystem Management Series

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The well-being of people all over the world depends on the various goods and services provided by ecosystems, including food, fuel, construction materials, clean water and air, and protection from natural hazards. Ecosystems, however, are under increasing pressure from unsustainable use and other threats including outright conversion. To address this concern, CEM promotes the sound management of ecosystems through the wider application of the Ecosystem Approach — a strategy for the integrated management of land, water and living resources that places human needs at its centre. The aim of the IUCN CEM Ecosystem Management Series is to support best practice ecosystem management, both at field and policy levels, to help realise IUCN’s vision of a just world that values and conserves nature.

Resilience to climate change

Building resilience to climate change : ecosystem-based adaptation and lessons from the field

Andrade Pérez, Angela; Herrera Fernández, Bernal; Cazzolla Gatti, Roberto

With climate change now a certainty, the question is now how much change there will be and what can be done about it.  One of the answers is through adapatation.  Many of the lessons that are being learned in adaptation are from success stories from the field.  This publication contains eleven case studies covering different ecosytems and regions around the world.  Its aim is to summarize some current applications of the Ecosystem-based Adaptation (EbA) concept and its tools used around the world, and also draw lessons from experiences in conservation adaptation.


Environmental guidance note for disaster risk reduction : healthy ecosystems for human security and climate change adaptation

Ash, Neville; Murti, Radhika; Sudmeier-Rieux, Karen

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Applying the Ecosystem Approach in Latin America

Ecosystem Management Series 7: Applying the Ecosystem Approach in Latin America

Andrade Pérez, Angela, ed. ; Medina, Maria Eugenia, 2008

This publication is a collation of selected case studies which are representative of the application of the Ecosystem Approach under different ecological, social, economic and cultural contexts in Latin America.

The Ecosystem Approach Learning from Experience

Ecosystem Management Series 6: The Ecosystem Approach: Learning from Experience

Shepherd, Gill, ed., 2008

This publication follows applications of the Ecosystem Approach over a 5-10 year period in five locations. Key findings include the vital importance of a full stakeholder analysis, of market analysis and of the promotion of institutional evolution.

Island voice, Island choice

Ecosystem Management Series 5: Island Voices Island Choices

Simon Rietbergen, Tom Hammond, Chucri Sayegh, Frits Hesselink and Kieran Mooney 2008

In a rapidly changing world islands are both unique and highly vulnerable places. This report provides an overview of the results of a background research conducted to establish the current status of conservation and sustainable development on islands, globally. It then goes on to review and analyze the data arising from the global questionnaire, and concludes with observations and implications for an IUCN programme on small island developing states. 

Ecosystems, Livelihoods and Disasters

Ecosystem Management Series 4: Ecosystem, Livelihoods and Disasters

Karen Sudmeier-Rieux, ed., Hillary Masundire, ed., Ali Rizvi, ed., Simon Rietbergen, ed., 2006

Vulnerability to natural disasters continues to increase, severely compromising the achievement of poverty alleviation goals in many developing countries. A more effective approach is needed to reduce the impacts of these disasters. This publication proposes an approach that integrates ecosystem management, development planning and risk reduction strategies to reduce disaster impacts and improve both livelihoods and biodiversity outcomes.

The Ecosystem Approach.  Five steps to implementation.

Ecosystem Management Series 3: The Ecosystem Approach: Five Steps to Implementation

Gill Shepherd, 2004

CEM has clustered subsets of Ecosystem Approach Principles into a logical sequence which encourages discussion, planning and step-by-step action. Of course, no one aspect of an ecosystem can be dealt with alone for long, and those aspects tackled early in the sequence described below will have to be revisited regularly. Nevertheless, the approach is empowering because it enables both researchers and field workers to concentrate on one set of problems at a time. In this way, the ecosystem, its inhabitants, and the challenges and the opportunities they present can be brought slowly and manageably into focus.





Using the Ecosystem Approach to Implement the Convention on Biological Diversity.  Key Issues and Case Studies.

Ecosystem Management Series 2: Using the Ecosystem Approach to Implement the Convention on Biological Diversity: key issues and case studies

Richard Smith and Edward Maltby 2003

The Ecosystem Approach, defined as a strategy for the management of land, water and living resources that promotes conservation and sustainable use in an equitable way, was adopted at the Second Conference of the Parties of the CBD as the primary framework for action under the Convention. It puts people and their nature resource use practices squarely at the centre of the decision-making framework. The case studies presented here were discussed at three workshops held in Southern Africa, South America and Southeast Asia. They provide practical examples of the Ecosystem Approach as well as a number of recommendations for action that are widely relevant to Parties and other bodies.


Extractive Industries in Arid and Semi-Arid Zones

Ecosystem Management Series 1: Extractive Industries in Arid and Semi-Arid Zones

Joachim Gratzfeld, ed., 2003

This publication aims to contribute to planning and management approaches that minimize land degradation and desertification in arid and semi-arid zones as a result of extractive industries operations. Both operational and policy guidance are included to help those government departments responsible for the licensing, planning and monitoring of extractive industries activities to take account of environment and development issues in their decision-making.