Chair's Corner CEC Newsletter December 2011

14 December 2011 | News story

As we look ahead to the New Year, I would like to thank you for all that you do on behalf of conservation and sustainability.

Dear CEC members,

The CEC team asked members to share their “Best of 2011” experiences through this December newsletter. I am encouraged by all of this good news and delighted to showcase your successes and conservation results. As I look back on the year, I must extend my thanks again to the many CEC members who contributed to strategic communication sessions during the Regional and Sub-regional Capacity Building Workshops on National Biodiversity Strategies and Action Plans. I also point with pride to the contribution of the CEC Young Professionals Leadership Team in nurturing a growing youth movement inside IUCN. CEC also engaged young people at the World Scout Jamboree, where Rod Abson helped to coordinate 1,000 person-hours of IUCN environmental education. Click here to read more about the events of 2011 in the CEC annual report [insert hyperlink].

The focus of the coming year will be the IUCN World Conservation Congress, to be held in Jeju, Korea, in September 2012. There will be a CEC all members meeting on September 6th (more information will be forth coming after the New Year). CEC members will participate in person and in spirit as the IUCN Council is elected and the world conservation community gathers at the Forum for debates, workshops and exhibitions. It’s also when CEC presents its new direction for 2013-2016. A strategic plan and mandate will be circulated in early 2012, drafted by the CEC Steering Committee with a great deal of input from CEC members in all parts of the world. Although Congress marks the end of my term as CEC Chair, I look forward to many years of active involvement with IUCN and CEC in the future.

As we look ahead to the New Year, I would like to thank you for all that you do on behalf of conservation and sustainability.

With warm wishes for the happiest of holidays and a greener New Year,

Keith Wheeler, CEC Chair