The Morava meets the Danube River at the border between Austria and Slovakia. Little Sydney excursion

CEESP Guest Editorial: Payments for Ecosystem Services: Threat or Opportunity? – Linking active management to bottom-up market-based mechanisms towards effective conservation by Catie Burlando, CEESP SC

Funding towards achieving both effective and equitable conservation efforts in protected areas and Natura 2000 network (comprising both state-managed protected areas, as well as private and common areas) is increasingly limited in European countries facing tightened national budgets and spending cuts. Besides reliance on Direct and Structural European Funds and the agro-environmental measures specifically supporting conservation-oriented outcomes, there are calls to make greater use of market-based mechanisms such as payment for ecosystem-services and PES –like schemes. This shift has occurred in parallel to a discursive shift emphasizing the valuation of nature, ecosystem services and natural capital. …  

16 Jul 2015 | Article

NRGF Working Group members outside the UNECA conference center. From left to right: Amran Hamzah, Neera Singh, Omer Aijazi, Prosper Matondi, Barbara Nakangu, Jessica Campese, James Murombedzi, Gretchen Walters, Joshua Nyoni, Jennifer Mohamed-Katerere, Hannah Getachew, Emmanuel Nuesiri and Osvaldo Monguia

The Natural Resource Governance Framework Module on Rights and Intervening Agencies

The Natural Resource Governance Framework Working Group (NRGF WG) convened in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia from June 2nd to 4th, 2015. The purpose of the meeting was to advance the regional and modular development of the NRGF. Twelve NRGF WG members (including three Young Professionals) from CEESP, the IUCN Secretariat, NRGF partner organizations including NGOs, academic institutions and Think Tanks attended the technical meeting. The African Climate Policy Center (ACPC) at the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA) hosted the assembly. …  

14 Jul 2015 | Article

WCC 2016

Call for Contributions to the IUCN World Conservation Congress 2016 now open

The IUCN World Conservation Congress 2016 will bring together several thousand leaders and decision-makers from government, civil society, business, and academia with the goal of conserving the environment and harnessing the solutions nature offers to global challenges. This is an opportunity not to be missed!

If you want to be part of the 2016 Congress and host an event during the Forum, the Call for Contributions is your opportunity to seize! You have from now until 15 October 2015 to submit your proposal!   …   | Spanish

09 Jun 2015 | Article

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From Solutions to Resolutions: A New Social Compact for Just and Effective Conservation of Biocultural Diversity – Policy Matters (Issue 20, 2015) call for papers

IUCN-CEESP is planning to devote an entire issue of its flagship Policy Matters journal to the vision of the 'New Social Compact', a movement that sought to galvanize diverse stakeholders to collectively commit to a new conservation ethic at the IUCN 2014 World Parks Congress in Sydney and beyond. …   | French | Spanish

26 May 2015 | Article

Night view of Mauna Kea.

The rising: Native Hawaiians and local community face off against government and university to protect sacred mountain (CEESP member opinion editorial by Trisha Kehaulani Watson)

CEESP- TILCEPA's role is anchored in an understanding that conservation and the success of Protected Areas in conserving biodiversity are located in social, economic and cultural contexts. Local and traditional knowledge, skills, values, beliefs, stewardship and livelihoods all play a role in determining whether biodiversity can be effectively conserved or will be depleted. There is a broad range of Protected Area practices; and within these arrangements the interface between the State, Protected Area agencies (private, communal, State or para-Statal) and communities always involves the exercise and negotiation of power. This aspect of power relations in Protected Areas governance and processes is not in a single act, but in an ongoing process that requires reflection, assessment and transparency to maximize healthy, mutually respectful cooperation. …  

14 Apr 2015 | Article

Illegal wildlife trade caught at the Custom Area of Mexico's International Airport in Mexico City.

International Trade in Wildlife Involving Mexico: A Critical Appraisal of Wildlife Trade Dynamics between Mexico and the European Union

Dr. Ines Arroyo Quiroz, a CEESP/SULi member and her co-applicant Dr Wyatt (Northumbria University, UK) have been granted with the British Academy Newton Advanced Fellowship Scheme recently. This award will enable them to develop the research project International Trade in Wildlife involving Mexico: A Critical Appraisal of Wildlife Trade Dynamics between Mexico and the European Union, which is starting in March 2015. …  

14 Apr 2015 | Article

The Natural Resource Governance Framework (NRGF) is focusing on strengthening the understanding and implementation of rights and rights based approaches to conservation

Governance is a critical determinant of equity, justice and effectiveness in biodiversity conservation, and of the contribution that natural resources make to people’s enjoyment of rights and development opportunities. Governance is at the root of many problems that people are experiencing today, including natural resource related conflicts and unsustainable expansion of agriculture industrialization and mineral mining, which are reducing already marginalized communities’ access to land and natural resources, including wild and farmed foods. …  

14 Apr 2015 | Article

Growing the connection between religion and the living world

CEESP member, Nigel Crawhall has recently been appointed as the IUCN focal point on religion, spirituality, climate change and the environment. In 2012, at the IUCN World Conservation Congress in Korea, members put forth Motion 009 encouraging IUCN to cooperate more closely with Faith Based Organisations (FBOs) in achieving its mission. …  

14 Apr 2015 | Article

Research in indigenous knowledge in the Alashan region, Inner Mongolia

From new CEESP Executive Officer, Ruifei Tang

Dear all CEESP members,
My name is Ruifei Tang (Fei). I am the new Executive Officer of CEESP. You may have known my name from the emails that call for contribution to our Newsletter, but really I owe you a proper self-introduction.  …  

13 Apr 2015 | Article

Symposium participants.

Beyond Enforcement: Communities, governance, incentives and sustainable use in combating wildlife crime

 In February 2015, a symposium held by the CEESP/SSC Sustainable Use and Livelihoods Specialist Group with partners, the International Institute of Environment and Development (IIED), the Austrian Ministry of Environment, the ARC Centre of Excellence for Environmental Decisions (CEED) at the University of Queensland, Australia, and the wildlife trade monitoring network (TRAFFIC), in Muldersdrift, South Africa. …  

13 Apr 2015 | Article

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