Chair's Corner: CEC Newsletter March/April 2011

CEC Chair Keith Wheeler introduces the March/April issue of the IUCN CEC e-newsletter.

Keith Wheeler, Chair of IUCN's Commission on Education and Communication

Linking resilience to biodiversity through use of CEC’s strategic communication, learning, and knowledge and change management will be central to our work going forward. This issue of the CEC newsletter presents the first in a series of articles about what resilience means. A search of the IUCN website returns about 2820 results for the term "resilience". You can read more here about IUCN's commitment to help build the resilience of human communities in rural areas to natural disasters and the impacts of climate change.

As educators and communicators, and members of CEC, how will we help to shape the conversation about resilience? Certainly, it is fair to ask “What is resilience?” There are many voices to be heard, as in this video interview with a Volvo Environment Prize winner, in this blog about a resilience conference and in publications like this CBD Secretariat report on forest resilience. Brad Smith, CEC Special Advisor, offers this introduction to the topic: “How we build, how we plan our communities, how we care for each other, and how we value and protect our natural environment can mean the difference between a minor emergency and a community catastrophe.”

I look forward to hearing from CEC members about how your actions are promoting resilience and your thoughts on turning crisis into opportunity for people and nature.

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