CEC is committed to collaboration with other commissions and programmes. CEC support to IUCN communications work, and vice versa, was the topic of a session with IUCN's John Kidd. The Steering Committee also welcomed news of the World Conservation Institute's progress at Royal Roads University, Canada.
How can CEC members support the IUCN Global Communications programme and vice versa?
John Kidd, IUCN Head - Global Communications, encouraged CEC to work more closely with the communications staff at headquarters and internationally. He said that CEC could play an important role in the IUCN family in education and communication and help bring people in the broader world to IUCN. CEC could have a strategic advisory role and be used as a sounding board. IUCN still has a focus on the web but mobiles, face-to-face are still more widely used as communication means. There needs to be ‘upskilling’ on social media. CEC could take action on the following suggestions arising from the participant’s discussion:
- Conduct a survey to identify what CEC expects from the IUCN Secretariat (including regional communicators) and vice-versa;
- Include the Secretariat’s Communications Officers in CEC communication and invite them to be CEC members to keep them informed;
- Coordinate with the development of IUCN tools such as the website, photo library, etc.;
- Link CEC with IUCN networkers;
- Clarify the role of CEC, and promote the role of CEC in IUCN Connect (IUCN newsletter for staff only);
- Explore a corporate endowed internship negotiated by CEC for a secondment to the IUCN Global Communications department
Build the World Conservation Learning Network
Mike Moss, CEC Special Advisor for WCLN, reported on progress regarding the World Conservation Learning Network. A number of programmes for e-learning in English have been gathered from Australia, South Africa and the UK to provide resources for the World Conservation Learning Network – making it easier for professionals to find them. Units or courses that are on line have also been gathered and are to be reviewed to select the best ones for the curricula of what will be called the IUCN World Conservation Institute.
Royal Roads University, Canada, will award Post Graduate Certificates, Post Graduate Diplomas and master’s degrees drawing on this international pool of courses. Royal Roads University will provide a compulsory core of 2, 3 and 4 courses respectively and network universities will provide the other courses to satisfy requirements for a degree. It is hoped to enrol students in 2011.