Commission on Environmental, Economic and Social Policy

CEESP generates and disseminates knowledge, mobilizes influence, and promotes actions to harmonize the  conservation of nature with the critical social, cultural, environmental, and economic justice concerns of human societies


How we engage

The Commission on Environmental, Economic and Social Policy (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.


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  • Distribution of mask and sanitizers in Luckhamkudy Tribal Colony, Eravikulam National Park, Kerala. Photo: Job J. Neriamparambil

    Participatory Conservation Economies in Kerala, India: A Stepping Stone to Resilience


    CEESP News: by Aditi Bhardwaj, Anil Kumar Bhardwaj and Sunil C.G.* The participatory Integrated Conservation Development Programmes in major Protected Areas of Kerala, India, have led to the gradual empowerment of the local communities. With financial...

  • conservation challenges across Africa - COVID-19 Photo: Maliasili

    Adapting in a Time of Crisis


    CEESP News: by Fred Nelson, CEO of Maliasili and CEESP member* Maliasili works with leading organizations to find solutions to conservation challenges across Africa by improving their organizational performance and impact. We currently support sixteen...

  • Green Criminology & Wildlife trafficing Photo: Ines Arroyo Quiroz

    International wildlife trade: research and COVID-19


    CEESP News: by Dr. Inés Arroyo-Quiroz, Chair of the CEESP Specialist Group on Green Criminology & Researcher at CRIM - UNAM, Mexico Wildlife trade involves far more than animals harvested in tropical regions and sold in China. Most...

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Sustainable Use and Livelihoods

IUCN Sustainable Use and Livelihoods Specialist Group (SULI) is a global expert network uniquely placed to provide credible, sound technical advice on sustainable use and livelihoods.


A man collecting medicinal plants in Chiang Mai, Thailand Photo: IUCN Photo Library / © Jim Thorsell

Governance, Equity and Rights

The CEESP Theme on Governance, Equity and Rights (TGER) works to advance approaches to the conservation of nature that are grounded in and promote good governance, social equity and human rights.


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Religion, Spirituality, Environmental Conservation and Climate Justice

This Religion, Spirituality, Environmental Conservation and Climate Justice (RESPECC) Specialist Group focuses on outreach to faith-based institutions, movements and networks, as well as spiritual communities engaged in environmental conservation and climate change....
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Knowledge Baskets

Learn more about IUCN’s first two social science flagship knowledge products: the 'Natural Resource Governance Framework' (NRGF) and 'People in Nature' (PiN).


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