Commission on Ecosystem Management

Ecosystem Management Series

The well-being of people all over the world depends on the various goods and services provided by ecosystems, including food, fuel, construction materials, clean water and air, and protection from natural hazards. Ecosystems, however, are under increasing pressure from unsustainable use and other threats including outright conversion. To address this concern, CEM promotes the sound management of ecosystems through the wider application of the Ecosystem Approach — a strategy for the integrated management of land, water and living resources that places human needs at its centre. The aim of the IUCN CEM Ecosystem Management Series is to support best practice ecosystem management, both at field and policy levels, to help realise IUCN’s vision of a just world that values and conserves nature.


Environmental guidance note for disaster risk reductionEnvironmental guidance note for disaster risk reduction : healthy ecosystems for human security and climate change adaptation

Ash, Neville Murti, Radhika Sudmeier-Rieux, Karen

This publication was developed to provide guidance on the benefits of and ways to integrate environmental concerns into disaster risk reduction strategies (DRR) at the local and national levels. As recognised and outlined within the Hyogo Framework for Action priority 4, healthy ecosystems and environmental management are considered key actions in DRR. Although the field of disaster risk management has evolved to recognize the need for addressing sustainable development issues for reducing risk, the environmental dimension has not to date received adequate attention and practical guidance.


The Ecosystem Approach : Five steps to implementation Photo: IUCN

The ecosystem approach : five steps to implementation

Gill Shepherd

The Ecosystem Approach puts people and their natural resource use practices squarely at the centre of decision-making. Because of this, the Ecosystem Approach can be used to seek a balance between the conservation and use of biological diversity. This publication provides practical guidance on how to use the Ecosystem Approach in planning field activities. By helping stakeholders to identify and understand the processes of change in their ecosystem, it enables them to plan adaptive management strategies with which to face a sustainable future.
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Building resilience to Climate Change CEM Ecosystem Series Photo: IUCN

Building resilience to climate change : ecosystem-based adaptation and lessons from the field

Andrade Pérez, Angela - Cazzolla Gatti, Roberto - Herrera Fernández, Bernal

With climate change now a certainty, the question is now how much change there will be and what can be done about it. One of the answers is through adaptation. Many of the lessons that are being learned in adaptation are from success stories from the field. This publication contains eleven case studies covering different ecosystems and regions around the world. Its aim is to summarize some current applications of the Ecosystem-based Adaptation (EbA) concept and its tools used around the world, and also draw lessons from experiences in conservation adaptation.


The ecosystem approach : learning from experience Photo: IUCN

The ecosystem approach : learning from experience

Gil Shepherd

This book follows applications of the Ecosystem Approach over a 5-10 year period in five locations. Key findings include the vital importance of a full stakeholder analysis, of market analysis and of the promotion of institutional evolution.


Island voices - island choices: CEM ecosystem management series Photo: IUCN

Island voices - island choices : developing strategies for living with rapid ecosystem change in small islands

Hammond, Tom - Mooney, Kieran - Rietbergen, Simon - Sayegh, Chucri

Islands are among the richest, most diverse ecosystems on the planet. Today, in the face of growing threats such as climate change, they are also among the most vulnerable. In early 2006 IUCN launched an initiative to explore options for ecosystem management and restoration in small island developing states (SIDS). The initiative examined the socioeconomic and environmental challenges facing islands, and the efforts over the past 20 years within the international community to address these challenges. This report is the result of this effort.
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