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The IUCN Commission on Ecosystem Management (CEM) quarterly newsletter - 4th edition 2013

UNISDR Global Platform

IUCN CEM will be actively involved at the upcoming UNISDR Global Platform event in Geneva 19-25 May, 2013 as part of the Partners for Environment and Disaster Risk Reduction network ( The Global Platform is PEDRR’s key event for advocacy, showcasing the latest science and practice in ecosystems based DRR and expanding networks/partnership for strengthening work in the area of ecosystem based DRR (and increasingly CCA) will be hosting a side event titled "Ecosystems, resilience and DRR: presenting evidence", a book launch for the UNU Press book "The Role of Ecosystems in Disaster Risk Reduction" a joint IUCN CEM, UNU-EHS and UNEP publication, a one day PEDRR training event (TBC) and an information booth featuring "speak with an expert". CEM members planning on attending the event are encouraged to contact Karen.  The IUCN DRR thematic group takes this opportunity to welcome Jyotiraj Patra as co-lead of the DRR thematic group.


Call for nominations for Future Earth Science Committee

The Science and Technology Alliance for Global Sustainability, which comprises ICSU, ISSC, the Belmont Forum, UNEP, UNESCO, UNU and WMO as an observer, is currently seeking nominations for experts to serve on the first Science Committee of the Future Earth initiative. Future Earth is a new 10-year initiative on integrated Earth system research for global sustainability, established by the Alliance. The goal of Future Earth is to develop the knowledge required for societies worldwide to face challenges posed by global environmental change and to identify opportunities for a transition to global sustainability. It will build on and extend the work that has been done by the Global Environmental Change programmes, which have been co-sponsored by ICSU. More information


New CEM Peatland Thematic Group established

In response to calls for global peatland action at the recent IUCN World Conservation Congress, a CEM Thematic Group on Peatlands has been established to help coordinate activity and share good practice. The group will be chaired by Clifton Bain, Director of the IUCN UK National Committee’s Peatland Programme
With peatlands now included as a priority within the IUCN Programme 2013-2016 the group is looking to gather examples of strategic action for peatlands from around the world and to share information on the ecosystem benefits of peatland management. Anyone interested in joining or supporting this group should contact Clifton Bain


Blanket bog in the Flog Country

Ecosystem Services Group

The Ecosystem Services Thematic Group has a new lead team: Emmanuelle Shacham-Cohen (Lead), Sasha Alexander (Co-lead) and Dolf de Groot (Special Advisor).
The Lead Team will soon distribute an updated Workplan for 2013 and beyond to its members. An important activity will be to continue the creation of a global network of Ecosystem Services Assessment case studies, to develop and apply guidelines on the best use of the concept of ecosystem services for conservation, restoration and sustainable ecosystem management.
The ES Thematic Group will work closely with other CEM thematic groups on cross-cutting issues, as well as with the Ecosystem Services Partnership (ESP) ( ESP will hold its 6th Conference between August 26-30, 2013 in Bali, Indonesia, where the ES-Thematic Group will organise several sessions.
For more details, please visit the updated CEM-ES

Thematic Group’s webpage




Inaugural National Adaptation Forum

The National Adaptation Forum is a national event on climate change adaptation at which the latest scientific knowledge about climate adaptation and state-of-the-art practices will be presented. It combines professional development training, individual presentation, peer networking, and working group innovation opportunities, in order to create the most productive event possible in three days!
Our climate is changing. As people around the globe work to reduce carbon pollution, society also needs to plan for the inevitable changes in our climate system that will continue to occur as a result of past and expected future emissions. Anticipating and preparing for the impacts of a changing climate is called adaptation. A growing body of decision-makers, including city planners, natural resource managers, energy developers, and citizens, are incorporating climate information into their planning processes, and thus advancing our collective ability to address the challenges of climate change. The National Adaptation Forum gives this diverse community an opportunity to meet, share and learn from each other.
The Inaugural National Adaptation Forum will be held April 2-4 at the Denver Marriott City Center, Denver CO. Denver is an easy city to travel to from all over the United States, as well as globally. We hope you will make plans to attend this innovative and interactive conference, which will attract hundreds of participants and feature presentations on every aspect of Climate Change



Dr PC Abhilash

Dr PC Abhilash, Member of CEM & Assistant Professor at the Institute of Environment & Sustainable Development, Banaras Hindu University has joined the Editorial Board of two Springer Journals: ‘Biodegradation’ and ‘Environmental Management’


Long Run Initiative

The Zeitz Foundation is in the process of recruiting a director for its flagship-programme - the Long Run Initiative. Please find more information on the vacancy here. "The Zeitz Foundation promotes an innovative approach to sustainable ecosystem management which aims to achieve sustainability through a balance of conservation, community, culture and commerce (the 4Cs). Founded in 2008 by business entrepreneur Jochen Zeitz."


New curriculum "Sustainable Development" at Faculty of Metallurgy University of Zagreb

The Faculty of Metallurgy at University of Zagreb was awarded the license for the full time Undergraduate study "Industrial Ecology“. One of the mandatory required curriculum for first academic year students is Sustainable development.The curriculum was developed through cooperation between the not-for-profit organisation  ODRAZ - Sustainable Community Development and OIKON - Institute for Applied Ecology, and prepared in line with best practices and modern society requirements. This is a continuation of a long and successful collaboration between OIKON and ODRAZ in the preparation and implementation of joint educational projects and programs. The subject lecturers include Ms Lidija Pavić-Rogošić from ODRAZ, and Dr. Zdravko Spiric (Director of OIKON - Institute for Applied Ecology and assistant professor at Medical faculty in Rijeka, Croatia), subject sponsor - lecturer.
Contact details:Ass. Prof. Zdravko Spiric, Ph.D. Scientific director Oikon Ltd. - Institute for Applied Ecology;


Members Initiaves

Popularizing Urban Ecology at the Beijing Urban Ecosystem Research Station

The Beijing Urban Ecosystem Research Station (BUERS) is the only urban ecosystem station within the Chinese Ecosystem Research Network (CERN). Its main objectives are to integrate long-term monitoring, scientific research, and demonstrations, which not only create a convenient platform for urban ecological studies, but also provide opportunities for the public to understand urban ecology research. In order to make the public aware of the researchers’ work and to raise public awareness, the researchers also pay much attention to public education. In this picture, one of the staff members from BUERS is shown interpreting his urban ecology research for Beijing primary and middle school students during the National Day holiday. In addition, the students can interact with monitoring instruments by themselves, which facilitates greater understanding. Contact: Huafeng Wang;




A tool for assessing coastal communities’ resilience facing environmental and climate changes

For communities, it may be complicated to assess vulnerabilities and define adaptation strategies to improve their resilience to climate and environmental changes. Many tools exist but several remain complex and difficult to use. The Coastal Communities Challenges is a project funded by the Social Science and Humanities Research Council of Canada which helps communities develop strategies based on coconstruction and coproduction of adaptation strategies to improve resilience. It requires communities to work with their local organisations. One of the tools recently developed was presented at three events in the Atlantic Canada over the last six months. It can be found on line at Over the next few years, additional tools are to be developed to help with decision making and strategic planning to improve resilience and lead to transformational changes for greater sustainability of these coastal communities which are intimately linked to the natural resources and their ecosystems. Contact: Liette Vasseur


Urban ecosystem restoration in Central Scotland

Scotland’s first urban landscape scale conservation project has started. Throughout its short history the new town of Cumbernauld (est. 1960) has seen the loss and degradation of many its important natural environments. Those that have survived have become isolated in a landscape of inappropriate development and industrialization. Unless action is taken on multiple scales these ecosystems will no longer be able to provide the clean air and water, and safe retreats that both people and wildlife need to survive in our towns and cities. By working in partnership with local organisations the Cumbernauld Living Landscape Programme aims to reinforce and expand existing green networks and reconnect the people of the town to their natural environment. In the degraded urban landscape this transformational change will benefit local people, wildlife and support the regional economy. For more details contact; Ian Mackenzie, Project Development Manager, Cumbernauld Living Landscape.

Ecosytem Restoration in Scotland

Pesticides and ecosystems: EU member states to develop new approaches

The European Commission is to receive 'National Action Plans' (NAPs) from the 27 EU member states. The initiative aims at reducing the impact pesticides have on Europe's ecosystems but leaves it to national governments to implement steps to ‘setting quantitative objectives, targets, measures, timetables and indicators’ and ‘encouraging the development and introduction of alternative approaches … to reduce dependency on the use of pesticides’. NGOs have repeatedly criticized drafts presented as being unambitious and insufficient to achieve the goals, which also and specifically include protected areas, yet approaches taken in the EU may be of interest also for other regions and provide insights into practical implementation of novel ideas. According to directive 2009/128/EG on sustainable use of pesticides, NAPs were to be submitted by national governments by late December 2012, however, only few member states have presented them so far. The process is monitored by Stefan Klose (CEM member). Contact; Stefan Klose


Advancing Regional Ocean Governance In The Wider Caribbean Through a Cooperative Network of Marine Laboratories

The growth of the human population of the Wider Caribbean, doubling since 1965, has driven increasingly damaging development decisions and human impacts on the marine environment. Consequently, coastal marine ecosystems (coral reefs, seagrasses and mangroves) are in continuing decline across the region as documented in 16 countries for the past 2 decades by the CARICOMP (Caribbean Coastal Marine Productivity) cooperative network of marine laboratories which began in 1991 and ended in 2008. Recently, some members have proposed continuing the concept of regional cooperative research and monitoring at marine laboratories with a focus on the Caribbean Large Marine Ecosystem (CLME) project now being developed by the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (IOCARIBE) in cooperation with the newly established Caribbean Sea Commission (CSC) and the Association of Caribbean States (ACS) (Ogden 2010). To this end, an organizational meeting will be held in conjunction with the Association of Marine Laboratories of the Caribbean (AMCL)  in Jamaica in June 2013. Contact; John C. Ogden: Emeritus Professor, Department of Integrative Biology, University of South Florida

John C Ogden in Belize

Genetic blueprint revealed for world’s worst pest: diamondback moth

An international consortium of researchers led by Fujian Agriculture and Forestry University (FAFU) and Beijing Genomics Institute (BGI) (China) revealed in mid-January 2013 the genetic blueprint of the diamondback moth in Nature Genetics. Diamondback moth is a worldwide pest that causes over four billion dollars per year. It attacks mainly cruciferous species and can cause severe damage to agroecosystems. Its success as a pest has been linked to its capacity to develop resistance to all types of insecticides. Over millions of years, the moth has developed special detoxification genes that are highly active in the gut of the larvae, making them able to detoxify a wide range of chemicals. It appears that this same adaptation is the key for developing resistance to pesticides. This research has huge implications for agroecosystem sustainability as pests become more resistant to insecticides there is a need to develop more sustainable strategies for pest management. Contact; Liette Vasseur


Western India Tiger Landscape

Here you will find an interesting article by Sunny Shah of WWF India on their recent initiative on Western India Tiger Landscape on corridor conservation plan and concept.


Ecosysteme management project in South of Madagascar

Following the political crisis which has afflicted Madagascar since 2009, the situation for national parks continues to deteriorate. In the south of the island, the National Association of Protected Areas Management (ANGAP) can no longer manage the Andohahelo National Park due to a lack of financial resources. Faced with this situation, the association "Graines d'îles", with its local office in Tolagnaro, plans to implement a study to find solutions to assist park managers. With the recent development of port activities whereby cruise ship passengers can now visit this region, it would be worth developing integrated park management which contributes to local economic development. Another project would be to implement a program for the conservation of sea turtles through the development of eco-tourism activities. If you are interested in this project do not hesitate to contact Graines d'îles. Contact; Barbara Martel

Tsimelahy in Andohahelo National Park

Amami and Ryukyu island chain

The Japanese government announced on January 31 that it would add the Amami and Ryukyu island chain in southern Japan to its Tentative List to World Natural Heritage Sites. The government has been preparing for this move since 2003. In November last year, to get local people more involved, the Japanese government and Okinawa prefecture held a symposium “Road to World Natural Heritage” in Okinawa. Dr Leslie F. Molloy, an IUCN expert of the World Commission on Protected Areas, was invited to deliver his keynote speech. He emphasized that global comparative analysis is in order for Japan to make its case. Some of the audience stated that stronger measures are needed to conserve the natural resources and that various problems including rampant development and a US Military helipad construction plan in Yanbaru forest, habitat of endangered wildlife, need to be solved. The Japanese government aims to submit its Tentative List to UNESCO in 2015. Contact: Masami mel Kawamura

Yanbaru Forest

IUCN experts deliberate defining degraded lands

“Degraded lands” is a term that is increasingly used to identify priority areas for restoration or development. Yet degradation is a complex term, laden with value judgments. Triggered by a project to identify “lower risk” lands for biofuel production, where there would be 'no' competition with food production, IUCN brought together experts from governments, business and 6 IUCN Commissions to discuss the feasibility of defining degraded lands. Concluding that such a definition would be either too broad for practical use or too specific for wider applicability, the group noted that there may be interest in prioritising for biofuel production, lands that are “underperforming” in terms of their potential for provisioning ecosystem goods and services. However, when doing so an all-stakeholder process would be an essential part to understand trade-offs between different goods and services, particularly in many countries where good participatory land use planning is not present. In such countries, any development can be higher risk, regardless of whether the land is degraded or not. A technical report will be circulated for a broader consultation in February. Contact CEM member Joost Brouwer of Brouwer Envir. & Agric. Consultancy , or Nadine McCormick, Global Business & Biodiversity Programme Nadine..


Resilience and the Cultural Landscape: Understanding and Managing Change in Human-Shaped Environments

Tobias Plieninger (Berlin-Brandenburg Academy of Sciences and Humanities) and Claudia Bieling (Albert-Ludwigs-Universität Freiburg) recently published a book on Resilience and the Cultural Landscape. By linking the research communities on ‘cultural landscapes' and ‘resilience', the book develops a new perspective on landscape changes. Based on firm conceptual contributions and rich case studies, it will appeal to anyone interested in analysing and managing change in human-shaped environments in the context of sustainability.  You will find further information, including a ToC, via the online catalogue 


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Outcomes of the 2012 IUCN World Conservation Congress

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Abhilash, P.C., Powell, J., Singh, H.B., Singh, B. Plant-microbe interactions: Novel applications for exploitation in multipurpose remediation technologies. Trends in Biotechnology 30 (2012) 416-420. 

Annan, A.,  Baldwin H.J., Corman, V.M., Klose S.M., Owusu, M., Nkrumah, E.E., Badu, E.K., Anti, P., Agbenyega, O., Meyer B., Oppong, S., Adu Sarkodie, Y., Kalko, E.K.V., Lina, P.H.C., Godlevska, E.V., Reusken, C., Seebens, A., Gloza-Rausch, F., Vallo, P., Tschapka, M., Drosten, C., Drexler, J.F. (2013): Human Betacoronavirus 2c EMC/2012–related Viruses in Bats, Ghana andEurope. Emerging Infectious Diseases 9: 13 (March 2013), doi

Drexler, J.F., Seelen, A., Corman, V.M., Fumie Tateno, A., Cottontail, V.,
Melim Zerbinati, R., Gloza-Rausch, F., Klose, S.M., Adu-Sarkodie, Y.,
Oppong, S.K., Kalko, E.K., Osterman, A., Rasche, A., Adam,  A., Müller, M.A., Ulrich, R.G., Leroy, E.M., Lukashev, A.N., Drosten C., (2012): Bats worldwide
carry hepatitis E-related viruses that form a putative novel genus
within the family Hepeviridae. Journal of Virology 86: 9134-9147. doi

Mori A.S., Furukawa T., Sasaki T. (2013) Response diversity determines the resilience of ecosystems to environmental change. Biological Reviews 88: in press. (

Srivastava, S., Verma, P.C.,  Chaudhry,  V., Singh, N., Abhilash, P.C., Kumar,  K.V., Sharma, N., Singh, N. Influence of inoculation of arsenic-resistant Staphylococcus arlettae on growth and arsenic uptake in Brassica juncea (L.) Czern. Var R46. Journal of Hazardous Materials (2012)  doi:10.1016/j.jhazmat.2012.08.019.

Stanturf, J. Madsen, P. Lamb, D. (eds) 2012. A Goal-Orientated Approach to Forest Landscape Restoration. Springer (
Stanturf, J. Lamb, D. and Madsen P. (eds.)  2012. Forest Landscape Restoration: integrating Natural and Social Sciences. Springer (

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