The IUCN Commission on Education and Communication in the ESARO region is re-establishing its work and focus. An update from CEC Regional Vice-Chair, Juliane Zeidler.
With a newly-appointed CEC Regional Vice-Chair for Eastern and Southern Africa, Dr. Juliane Zeidler, and a new CEC global workplan responding to the One IUCN Strategy, the Commission is ready to explore how it can become more member-active and support critical conservation work in the regions.
Some of the first steps taken during 2009-2010 to re-shape the Commission’s work in Eastern and Southern Africa include:
- Appointment of new CEC Regional Vice-Chair
- Reconfirmation of CEC membership and continuous updating of membership registrar
- Representation of regions through Vice-Chair at CEC Steering Committee meeting in Ecuador
- Nomination and appointment of National Activators in most countries in the regions, tasked to assist the Vice-Chair with the recruitment of new members and the implementation of activities related to CEC’s workplan
- Appointment of CEC Regional Vice-Chairs as Focal Point/Liaison for thematic priority areas of the IUCN Programme related to Environment and Development
- Improved email and Internet communication, such as the recent opening of an email listserve for CEC members in the regions as well as several round letters on IUCN issues sent by email from the Vice-Chairs desk (In addition, IUCN is in the process of establishing a web-based communication platform for all Commission members and IUCN members alike.)
- Stakeholder interactions during first ESARO members meeting held in Nairobi in October 2010, needs identification for CEC support in the regions, and liaison with IUCN ESARO Office
- Preparation of regional inputs for CEC Steering Committee meeting to be held in Scotland in April 2010
- CEC globally is strongly involved in activities under the International Year of Biodiversity, with specific actions to be defined at the forthcoming Steering Committee meeting.
Specific needs for our regions can be voiced at the upcoming CEC Steering Committee meeting!
Much of the effort during 2009 and 2010 has been placed on reorganizing the CEC membership and revamping how CEC operates in the regions. We hope that the next steps in CEC’s work in Eastern and Southern Africa will be oriented towards the support IUCN members and tangible action in the regions.