Mission, Governance and Structure
To provide expert guidance on integrated approaches to the management of natural and modified ecosystems to promote biodiversity conservation and sustainable development.
The Commission is led by the Chair, Ms. Angela Andrade, who is supported by a Deputy Chair, Steering Committee, Regional Chairs and IUCN's Ecosystem Management Programme as CEM's Secretariat.
The Chair, who is elected by IUCN Members at Congress, leads the Commission. The Chair is supported by a Deputy Chair and Steering Committee, appointed by the Council on recommendation of the Chair. SC members represent their own continent and they collaborate closely with their respective Regional Chair(s). All SC members carry specific as well as collective responsibilities for the implementation of the CEMs mandate as approved by the World Conservation Congress
The SC provides leadership and guides the development and implementation of the CEM’s work. The SC also works to facilitate the establishment of CEM's Thematic and Specialist Groups, Task Forces, identify and initiate fundraising opportunities, strengthen partnerships and promote membership. All members of the Steering Committee have also been assigned multiple Thematic and Specialist Groups that they are responsible for.
CEM holds two SC meetings every year, and where possible does so in conjunction with a related workshop.
A Regional Chair (RC) is responsible for one of the thirteen CEM regions. They are appointed by the Commission Chair, and then encouraged to All RC members carry specific as well as collective responsibilities for the implementation of the CEMs mandate as approved by the World Conservation Congress. All members serve in their personal, not institutional, capacities. Fulfilling the role of Regional Chair or Co-chair in the CEM SC is restricted to two terms of four years in the same role.
Thematic and Specialist Group Leaders
The Thematic and Specialist groups within CEM cover areas that were established as the most pertinent issues within ecosystem management that CEM contributes to in 2017-2020. Each group has a CEM member as a leader and a focal point within the CEM Steering Committee. A Thematic Group Leader (TGL) or Specialist Group Leader (SGL) is appointed by the Commission Chair, and in consultation with the steering committee (SC, where appropriate). The T/SGL is then encouraged to nominate a young professional as co-chair to assist him/her. T/SGLs are appointed for up to two terms (two times 4 years intersessional period).
All T/SG members carry specific as well as collective responsibilities for the implementation of CEMs mandate as approved by the World Conservation Congress. All members serve in their personal, not institutional, capacities.
CEM deals with the complexity of ecosystems, their components and interrelations, with people and cultures making different and often conflicting uses of the ecosystems, and therefore with institutions and regulations dealing with these uses. CEM acknowledges that ecosystems are in a constant state of natural change and are further being pressured due to global anthropogenic climate and environmental changes.
CEM has identified 13 themes as programmatic priority for 2017 - 2020 in its intersessional plan. Each theme has a group of experts working on issues related to it and has a Thematic Group Leader facilitating the group's composition and functioning. Thematic groups can be joined by experts through our CEM application process.
The Commission also has Specialist Groups focused on biomes. These 14 groups can also be joined by experts on these biomes who wish to contribute with their knowledge on ecosystem management.
Apart from the Thematic and Specialist Groups, CEM also has some special Task Forces. These Task Forces consist of a few experts within CEM or are combined task forces between different IUCN Commissions. The Task Forces are not open for applications, they are invitation only memberships.