Commission on Ecosystem Management

Western Europe

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CEM Western European Regional Chair: Constanza Parra

CEM Steering Committee Focal Point: Jonathan Hughes

States and Territories of the Region

Andorra - Austria - Belgium - Cyprus - Denmark - Faroe Islands, Denmark - Finland - France - Germany - Gibraltar, UK - Greece, Greenland, Denmark - Guernsey, UK - Iceland - Ireland, - Isle of Man, UK - Italy - Jersey, UK - Liechtenstein - Luxembourg - Malta - Monaco - Norway - Portugual - San Marino - Spain - Sweden - Switzerland - The Netherlands - Turkey - United Kingdom - Vatican City State

The Western Europe Region of the Commission on Ecosystem Management (CEM) is one of the 13 Commission Regions.  It comprises over 25 countries, from Turkey to Iceland and from Portugal to Finland, while the rest of Europe (including all Slavic countries) is grouped in CEM's Eastern European Region. Almost 30% of CEM members reside in Western Europe, which makes it the largest CEM regional network, with over 250 professionals interested in contributing to IUCN's expertise in ecosystem management. If you would like to become a member of CEM, please visit this link.

Core goals within Western Europe Region (period 2017-2020)

  • To offer advice and suggestions on critical socio-economic, institutional, political and cultural underpinnings of the conservation of nature and the communities living in it. Important issues include the role of governance in the Ecosystem Approach, where governance is understood as the socio-political collective action led by the plurality of actors and institutions from the public, civil society, community and private sectors.
  • To work towards the setting up of a Western European specialist group on social innovation in the management, restoration and governance of socio-ecological systems. The potential of social innovation for nature conservation and sustainable development is still under-examined, in spite of the variety of highly inspiring examples of socially innovative nature-based alternatives to address energy, climate, food and biodiversity challenges observed in both urban and rural Europe. The setting up of this group will start by a mapping of actors and ongoing socially innovative initiatives in Western Europe.
  • Another important concern is to develop critical reflection on the social sustainability impact and limits of market-based approaches for ecosystem management, for example in terms of social sustainability, equity, cultural diversity, gender and justice.
  • To lead initiatives for attracting funding and reinvigorating a Western European Regional Network on ecosystem management.
  • To bridge academic and non-academic knowledge on socio-ecological systems and their governance within Europe and beyond.
  • To consolidate collaboration with the Resilience and Cultural Practices and Ecosystem Management Groups within IUCN.

Collaborations and partnerships:

The focal point and thematic counterpart of the Commission on Ecosystem Management at IUCN secretariat is the Global Ecosystem Management Programme, which is based in Nairobi (Kenya).
Geographically, there are several IUCN offices of reference for CEM-Western Europe in particular, namely:

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