CEC Newsletter May 2010: Chair's Corner

28 May 2010 | News story

This issue of the IUCN CEC Newsletter reports on the CEC Steering Committee Meeting held 14-16 April 2010 in Aviemore, Scotland. My thanks to the more than 30 participants at this meeting for your contributions of time and energy and expertise -- volcanic ash cloud notwithstanding.

IUCN is a leading source of knowledge about biodiversity – and that knowledge needs to be made widely available so it can be used to develop and implement policy, laws and best practice. CEC put knowledge management on the agenda of our annual Steering Committee Meeting, held 14-16 April in Aviemore, Scotland.

This newsletter reports on the CEC Steering Committee Meeting 2010.

  • Key topics included knowledge management, IUCN World Conservation Congress in 2012, and the International Year of Biodiversity.
  • We also explored collaboration with commissions and programmes, focusing on the IUCN Global Communications office.
  • CEPA and online learning continued to inspire activities in support of professional development for sustainability practitioners.
  • Specialty Group Leaders and Regional Vice-Chairs produced plans for ‘next steps’ in CEC’s effort to increase our numbers and to engage with members in meaningful work.

And, on the last day, representatives of the Cairngorms National Park hosted a study visit with a focus on engaging communities in park decisions and on using stories in the interpretation of this beautiful landscape.

With best regards, and my thanks to the more than 30 participants at this meeting for your contributions of time and energy and expertise -- volcanic ash cloud notwithstanding.

With best regards,

Keith Wheeler
CEC Chair