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CEM Membership Procedure

Presently, the network of the Commission on Ecosystem Management (CEM) includes more than 1,300 volunteer ecosystem management experts from around the globe.

The standards and procedures for the development of the CEM membership is as follows:

  • Nominees are asked to submit a note expressing their interest in contributing to the work of the Commission, the relevance of their background/experience, and a copy of their resume/curriculum vitae with completed application form (see download) to the Regional Chair in their region or to the Thematic / Specialist group leader of their choice.
  • Any officer of the Commission (i.e., SC members, Regional Chairs or Heads of Thematic / Specialist Groups or Task Forces) may nominate and approve individuals for membership in the Commission. 
  • On the approval the nominees’ credentials are forwarded by the officer to the Steering Committee member for confirmation, and thereupon sent to the membership officer (Michelle Kimeu) for registration.
  • The following is guidance for the criteria to be accepted as a member of CEM:
    • Membership in the Commission on Ecosystem Management is open to any individual who has earned an academic degree (Bachelors, MSc or PhD) in a field relevant to Ecosystem Management or has substantial experience in managing an ecosystem and has skills determined important to the work of a Thematic Group, Task Force, Region or the Commission as a whole.
    • The candidate must be open and respectful in collaboration with partners from within and outside IUCN.
  • If asked to represent the Commission in a meeting or discussion they are obliged to be supportive of IUCN policies and agreements.
  • As a general guideline, membership in the Commission requires 4-8 hours per month of volunteer service (e.g., reviewing/contributing to policy work, contributing case study documentation, assessing/evaluating case material, communicating Commission information, etc.).
  • All members of Commission Thematic Groups, Task Forces or any other working groups that may be established must meet the standards for membership in the Commission and be appointed to the membership per the procedures described above.

All CEM Members are encouraged to suggest potential new members that meet the criteria to officers of the Commission

A list of the CEM Steering Committee, Regional Chairs, Thematic and Specialist Group leads and other focal points can be found on the contact webpage.


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