About & How We Engage

CEESP contributes to the IUCN's Mission by generating and disseminating knowledge, mobilising influence, and promoting actions to harmonise the conservation of nature with the critical social, cultural, environmental, and economic justice concerns of human societies.





The CEESP Network


CEESP is a unique network of more than 1,000 volunteers representing disciplines from biology and anthropology, economics and law, to culture and Indigenous peoples - among many others. Our work represents the crossroads of conservation and development.

Our structure



The work of the Commission is organised into RegionsThemes and a number of Specialist Groups or Task Forces linked to the Themes.

Open call to submit news


To capture the news, updates and work of CEESP members and the community, we invite a ‘rolling’ submission of your news and updates, at your convenience. Email your contributions in any official language of IUCN (English, French and Spanish).  

Our Work

CEESP members contribute to the mandate of the Commission by providing insights, expertise, and traditional knowledge as well as by promoting policies and actions that relate to the human dimensions of conservation. 

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CEESP Spotlight
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Governance, Equity and Rights Opens in the same window Opens in the new window

From 2004 up to today, the Theme on Governance, Equity and Rights (TGER) has been building recognition of Indigenous and community conserved areas as well as diverse protected area governance types.

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Human Wellbeing and Sustainable Livelihoods Opens in the same window Opens in the new window

The Human Wellbeing and Sustainable Livelihoods (HWSL) Theme focuses on the concept of wellbeing to inform improved design and evaluation of conservation and development interventions.

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Oceania Opens in the same window Opens in the new window

CEESP in Oceania focuses on promoting CEESP’s vision of sustainability, social justice, diversity and equity in conservation and development. In Oceania, an island region where Indigenous peoples constitute majority populations and are strongly connected to place, this means supporting people-centered conservation. 

Commission Leadership

CEESP’s natural and social scientists, environmental and economic policy experts and practitioners in community-based conservation offer resources and expertise to meet the challenges of conservation.

Kristen Walker Painemilla

Kristen Walker Painemilla

Kristen Walker Painemilla leads Conservation International's efforts to ensure that the organization and the broader conservation community implement a people-centered approach to conservation

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Ameyali Ramos

Ameyali Ramos has been working on social and environmental governance, international policy and human rights issues for over 20 years.

Iben Munck

Iben Munck

Iben Munck is the Executive Officer for IUCN’s CEESP, as well as Executive and Communications Manager for Conservation International’s Center for Communities and Conservation.