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The CEM quarterly newsletter 1st edition of 2014

2nd International Forum of the Qur’anic Botanic Garden

In between the CEM steering committee meeting in Doha in April, CEM co-hosts with the Qur’anic Botanic Garden the 2nd International Forum of the Qur’anic Botanic Garden focusing on Islamic Perspectives on Ecosystem Management from 22-24 April. More information on the  conference and programme can be found here:


CEM Chair’s Young Professional Award

This award aims to recognize and motivate an outstanding young CEM (Commission on Ecosystem Management) member aged between 18-35 years who has shown exemplary engagement in scientific research related to ecosystem management. The award will be presented to someone who demonstrates commitment to the values and vision of IUCN’s CEM, is involved in a graduate or postgraduate research position at the local, regional or global level, and has promoted the CEM Mandate in tangible ways. The nominees must stand out as inspirational role models to other young professionals.
For full information as well as the application:


Ecosystems, Economy and Society

May 29-30, 2014, Veolia Environment Institute, jointly with the US National Research Council Water Science and Technology Board, the Agence Française de Développement and the International Union for Conservation of Nature, will host, under the patronage of the National Academy of Sciences and in association with Conservation International and UNCCD: Ecosystems, Economy and Society: How large-scale restoration can stimulate sustainable development
Objective of the conference is to analyze the potential of large-scale restoration for the improvement of people's livelihoods, jobs creation and socio-economic development, together with the recovery of ecosystems functionalities, continuity and biodiversity. More information:


IUCN and 8th International Congress for Wildlife and Livelihoods on Private and Communal Lands, Sept 7-12, 2014, Estes Park Colorado

As the world’s largest professional global conservation network, we need IUCN input and participation with the 8th International Congress for Wildlife and Livelihoods on Private and Communal Lands, Sept 7-12, 2014, Estes Park Colorado. Your role as a “neutral forum for governments, NGOs, scientists, business and local communities to find practical solutions to conservation and development challenges” is exactly what the Congress addresses with the focus on private and communal lands. IUCN’s work is broader than those lands, but you know how the local community and their livelihoods relates to effective global conservation.
This Congress is the 8th International Wildlife Ranching Symposium event. The web site is updated regularly and you can submit abstracts for symposia, workshops, papers, and posters. September starts Fall colors and the rutting season for elk in Colorado and our venue is adjacent to Rocky Mountain National Park where elk bugle and display in nature, or perhaps in the city of Estes Park and next to your lodging at the Congress.


Task Force on Urban Ecosystems

We are pleased to announce that Weiqi Zhou from China will take up the task of leading the revived CEM Task Force of Urban Ecosystems. We have been asked for advice about urban ecosystems in the past, but our responses have been limited with the exception of the work by Mr. Stamatis Chondroiannis from Greece who - on behalf of IUCN - was very influential in the Jury for the European Green Capital Election.
For those interested in playing a role in the new task force on urban ecosystems, we ask you to contact Weiqi Zhou (


Oxford Adaptation Academy

The Global Climate Adaptation Partnership (GCAP) is hosting its annual Oxford Adaptation Academy (in the UK) this August. The Oxford Adaptation Academy is run jointly between GCAP and the University of Oxford’s Smith School of Enterprise and the Environment (SSEE).
For more information, see the attached flier and visit the 2014 Oxford Adaptation Academy website.

From the members

CEM at WPC meeting in Cuernavaca

From the 25th to 28th of March a coordination meeting for the coming WPC took place in Cuernavaca, Mexico. More than 80 people who are actively participating in the coordination of the 8 Streamlines, 4 cross- cutting issues and other relevant activities that will take place in Sydney were present. Angela Andrade, Deputy Chair, represented CEM. More than 1700 submissions were sent to organizers who have to select the most appropriate ones by the middle of May. CEM members have sent around 40 submissions, including sessions, presentations and posters. After this meeting, Streamline 2: Responding to Climate Change,had a separate 3 day meeting. . This streamline is organized by the National Park Service US, under the leadership Leigh Welling and participation of Marcia Rockman, the National System of Protected Areas of Mexico, represented by Mariana Bellot, Andrew Rhodes and Fernando Camacho, CSIRO from Australia, represented by Craig James, CEM represented by Angela Andrade, is involved particularly in the organization of this streamline. During these days the 180 submissions were reviewed and the objectives and structure of this streamline was discussed. CEM will be coordinating the Nature-based Solutions l Pavilion during the Congress.



The role of facilitator in the adaptation and resilience to climate change – a winter institute.

By Steve Plant and Liette Vasseur

The Community-University Research Alliance on Coastal Communities Challenges (CCC-CURA) is a five year project funded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada aiming at increasing governance and adaptive capacity to climate change of coastal communities in eastern Canada and Quebec. In February 2014, CCC-CURA held a three day institute in Moncton, New Brunswick, Canada with 29 anglophone and 30 francophone participants. The aim was to equip participants with theoretical concepts and methodological tools regarding the roles of facilitator in the resilience process, mobilization of actors, and the importance of participatory action research and evaluation in helping communities facing climate change impacts. This second institute (similar one held in summer 2013) was well received. It provided an effective forum for participants to learn about various tools and disciplines that can help to engage communities in the process of improving resilience and participate to the coconstruction of the existing knowledge.



Ecosystem Based Adaptation workshop

The CEM South Chair, Madhav Karki, organized a regional workshop on Promoting Ecosystem-based Adaptation Approaches in South Asia on 18 January 2014. More than 40 participants including six core members of CEM South Asia region attended the workshop. The workshop was addressed by two senior officials from the Ministry of Forest and Soil Conservation, Nepal who appreciated the efforts of CEM South Asia in organizing the workshop on a topical issue. The workshop participants decided to promote Ecosystem Based Adaptation (EbA) approaches to conserve and protect the fragile ecosystems of South Asia region. Madhav Karki also published two Newspaper articles on: local knowledge and EbA approaches in climate change adaptation that can be accessed through links below:


Winter School on Biomass Energy Technologies

By Hidayet KARAKURT, Izmir, Turkey

An intensive course on biomass energy technologies was held 10-15 February 2014 at the Solar Energy Institute of the Ege University in Izmir, a Mediterranean city of Turkey. As a forest research scientist and also one of the members of IUCN Commission on Ecosystem Management, Dr. Hidayet Karakurt has given a seminar on energy forestry during this winter school.
Nowadays most of people are aware of possible energy deficiency in future. And also many scientists and experts have been trying to find abundant, cheap and efficient alternative energy sources and technologies for society. Many young scientists and students from a wide range of disciplines from agriculture to chemistry and from mechanical engineering to biology have attended this course to improve their knowledge on the biomass energy. The institute staff wants to develop new technologies on biomass energy and also hopes to collaborate with Turkish foresters on biomass energy from forests in near future.



Mainstreaming Mountain Biodiversity Conservation: brief account of multi-stakeholder discussion sessions

By Sejuti Basu

Mountain ecosystems are bio-geographically unique, with very high species diversity, supported by their ecological, phyto-geographical and evolutionary factors, and display high degree of endemism. The '7th CMS VATAVARAN: International Environment & Wildlife Film Festival and Forum’ provided a platform to identify and deliberate on the issues related to Mountain Biodiversity Conservation. The event held on 30th Jan-3rd Feb, 2014, at IGNCA, New Delhi, India focused on “Mainstreaming Biodiversity Conservation at different levels to promote living in harmony with nature”. One of the sub-themes was ‘Mountain Biodiversity’ and seven thematic discussion sessions were held on diverse issues and concerns related to this sub-theme. Pragya ( acted as the knowledge partner for the Mountain Biodiversity sessions, while the programme advisory group also included Energy and Environment Team, UNDP-India. The event was coordinated by CMS India. The interactive sessions explored various insights and solutions regarding conservation of mountain biodiversity. Facilitated by Pragya, community leaders from various Himalayan districts participated in the discussions and shared their views.

For further information, please check:


Drought, Flood, and Fire

The University of California Natural Reserve System launched a fourth short video about Mediterranean-climate ecosystems, Drought, Flood, and Fire. The video explains how Mediterranean-climate regions swing between years of drought and heightened fire risk, and years of catastrophic flooding. Yet this is business as usual for native plants, many of which are built to survive dry times or rely on fires to regenerate natural communities.
The program is part of what will be a five-part series showcasing this under-recognized group of ecoregions. The first video, Lands of Two Seasons, provides an over view of the ecological similarities, economic stressors, and biological value of Mediterranean-climate areas. Shaping Life: The Geology of Mediterranean-Climate Ecosystems, explains how earth's history has affected the evolution of native plant species. Oceans and Mediterranean Climate explains how geography, the atmosphere, and the oceans interact to produce temperate weather in Mediterranean-climate regions all year round.
All of the NRS's Mediterranean-climate ecosystems videos are available on the NRS website, at


Attributes of plant spatial analyses

This book (see picture below), written by CEM member Manish Mathur, discussing the up-to date information related with different approaches for spatial data analysis. The book consists of five different chapters that deal with various tools available for spatial data analysis, spatial auto-correlation, edge correction, various abiotic and biotic factors that affecting spatial distribution and consequences of spatial pattern. At the end of the book around thirty six questions are also presented that need to be solved. For better understanding of the various equations presented in this book, a list of various symbols and their examples also provided.
 More information:



Introduction to the NASA Applied Remote Sensing Training Program (ARSET). ARSET conducts professional trainings and other capacity building activities on the utilization of NASA free and publicly available satellite remote sensing and model data for a variety of water management applications including water resource management and flood monitoring. ARSET works directly with agencies and policy makers to develop hands-on and online courses that teach end-users how to access, visualize and apply NASA Earth Science Data at regional and worldwide scales, using interactive case studies to build familiarity and skills. ARSET hosts in-person and online workshops and sessions throughout the year. If your organization or partner organizations would benefit from the free water management trainings offered by ARSET, for updates and notification of upcoming workshops sign up for the project listserv:
Water Resources/Flood:

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If you would like more information about any of the activities and materials available on this site or to request training please contact: Brock Blevins:


METG participation in UNESCO project on climate change impacts in mountains

Since February 2013, the METG has provided coordination and technical input for the UNESCO Climate Change Platform project ‘Climate Change Impacts in Major Mountainous Regions of the World’, led by UNESCO’s International Hydrological Programme in cooperation with the Man and the Biosphere Programme (MAB), UNEP, FAO-Mountain Partnership, and ICIMOD. The METG has provided key contributions to the project, through lead authorship of the project concept paper and policy brief (soon to be published by UNESCO).

The programme, which is now in its final stages, has aimed to enhance knowledge of climate change impacts on mountain ecosystem services and livelihoods, and featured three regional workshops in Asia (Kathmandu, Nepal, March 2013), Latin America (San José, Costa Rica, August 2013) and Africa (Nairobi, Kenya, September 2013). These workshops brought together climate change and cryosphere experts, hydrologists, policy makers, local stakeholders, and managers of Natural World Heritage Sites, with a goal to help develop policy directives for climate-resilient development and ecosystem-based adaptation for mountain communities.

The full story and other activties of the Mountain Ecosystem Group can be found in their newsletter:


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