CEESP: much to offer for conservation and human well-being

21 October 2010 | News story

Aroha Mead, Chair of the IUCN Commission on Environmental, Economic and Social Policy (CEESP) visited the Regional Office in Quito. She shared her expectations on how CEESP can contribute to the building of a new integrated approach to development in a post-capitalist era.


South America has so much to contribute to the global knowledge and experience of CEESP, said Aroha Mead. “From my observations, this region has much to offer to global understanding of the value of cultural and linguistic diversity and the inter-relationship with biological diversity. The role of indigenous peoples and civil society in the governance and management of protected areas and natural resources is another key area where this region has valuable experiences to share.”
CEESP is a global multi-disciplinary network with proven experience and expertise in articulating effective and equitable field-based and policy solutions for the conservation of nature, the promotion of biocultural diversity and the sustainable and equitable use of natural resources. “CEESP members are developing expertise in macroeconomics, analyzing linkages between economic policies and trade, social, environment and cultural policies. This approach to development is long overdue,” said Aroha.


The Commission is very interested in contributing to the development of a post-capitalist economic framework. “It is clear the capitalist paradigm worked for many years, but there are flaws that can no longer be ignored, including socio-economic disparities within and amongst countries, peoples and communities”. The vision of CEESP includes the statement, “A world where equity is at the root of a dynamic harmony between people and nature, as well as among peoples, and this is guidance we are using in our work.
“CEESP believes it is important to involve many sectors of society in discussions about a new development pathway, including Indigenous Peoples, Religions/Faiths, Women, Youth and the private sector”, she highlighted.

Sharing Power: A New Vision for Development.
From January 11th to 15th, in Whakatāne, New Zealand, CEESP will be holding a global conference called Sharing Power, A New Vision for Development. The conference will bring together scientists, economists, indigenous leaders, environmentalists, academics, policy makers in national governments and international agencies, and many others who care about the quality of heritage this generation passes on to future generations. It will also focus on the need for policy and decision makers in Governments and Corporations to accommodate a greater level of inclusion of indigenous peoples and all citizens, in national and international policies on the management and governance of bio-cultural resources, and advocates the rights of mother earth - the planet.

“ If we want to strengthen our commitment to motherhood and environment we have to change our behaviors radically, so the idea behind the conference is to start a process of charting a way forward that has us more in line with environmental, social, cultural and spiritual well being”.