Commission on Ecosystem Management

A network of professionals whose mission is to act as a source of advice on the environmental, economic, social and cultural factors that affect natural resources and biological diversity 


How we engage 

The Commission on Ecosystem Management (CEM) promotes ecosystem-based approaches for the management of landscapes and seascapes, provides guidance and support for ecosystem-based management and promotes resilient socio-ecological systems to address global challenges.


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  • IUCN CEM Ecosystem Restoration Thematic Group Logo Photo: IUCN

    Ecosystem Restoration leaders launch important publication


    2nd edition of the International principles and Standards for the Practice of Ecological Restoration

  • NbS Workshop at LAPAC, Peru October 2019 Photo: IUCN

    Exchange of experiences: Nature-based Solutions


    An exchange of experiences on the implementation of Nature-based Solutions (NbS) in several countries, took place during the III Latin America and the Caribbean Protected Areas Congress (III CAPLAC)

  • Landscape of Guilin, China Photo: ©Shutterstock/Aphotostory

    BRIDGE: Hydrodiplomacy in Action


    Globally, over 310 lake and river basins stretch across national borders. Around 60% of those lack any type of cooperative management framework. Good transboundary water management is crucial for peace, security, economic development and environmental...


IUCN World Conservation Congress

The IUCN World Conservation Congress will be held in Marseilles, France in June 2020. 


Selecting indicators for ecosystem risk assessments Photo: IUCN Selecting Indicators for ecosystem risk assessments

Scientists develop a guide for selecting indicators for ecosystem risk assessments.

A Global Standard for Nature-based Solutions

Nature-based Solutions (NbS) are

“actions to protect, sustainably manage and restore natural or modified ecosystems that address societal challenges effectively and adaptively, simultaneously providing human well-being and biodiversity benefits”.

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Chemically intensive agriculture pollutes that Puttalam lagoon Photo: IUCN Sri Lanka

Systemic Pesticides

The Task Force on Systemic Pesticides (TFSP) carries out comprehensive, objective, scientific reviews and assessments of the impact of systemic pesticides on biodiversity and makes recommendations based on these reviews.


Camargue National Reserve, France Sand dunes offer natural protection against many coastal hazards. Camargue National Reserve, France. Credit: K. Sudmeier Photo: K. Sudmeier

Eco-Disaster Risk Reduction

Eco-DRR is the sustainable management, conservation and restoration of ecosystems to reduce disaster risk, with the aim to achieve sustainable and resilient development.


King George Island King George Island, the largest of the South Shetland Islands, lying 120 kilometres off the coast of Antarctica in the Southern Ocean Photo: Elie Poulin

Red List of Ecosystems

A key tool that allows for tackling, globally and nationally, different aspects of the public policies and easing the achievement of international goals regarding conservation


Ecosystem Insider - CEM Newsletter Photo: IUCN


Ecosystem Insider - IUCN CEM's Newsletter is sent out 4 times a year in the 3 official IUCN Languages


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