How CEC will engage members in the regions

The aim is to increase the number of CEC members as well as the engagement of members by working through the regional groups, with an emphasis on youth. All Regional Vice-Chairs prepared a plan of work aimed at engaging the membership.

Keith Wheeler talks with Wendy Goldstein, CEC Deputy Chair and regional focal point for Oceania, with Konai Helu Thaman of Fiji

Next steps by Regional Groups
Oceania Region: Provide synergy to the mission and programme of IUCN, especially in relation to the Inter-national Year of Biodiversity. Become part of the Greening Campuses Speciality Group. Position CEC as a cross-cutting Commission in the region, showing others how to educate on biodiversity. Develop an innovative mechan-ism to encourage people to approach CEC for advice.

Meso America: Continue to build on that fact that CEC is well-incorporated into the IUCN Regional Office Planning Programme. Support their three priorities but mainly the one related to new possibilities for training for professional development, through collaboration between universities and government institutions. Provide online education, courses, diploma courses and conferences for various professional profiles. Engage CEC members in a workshop at the October 2010 congress called ‘Healthy Environment, Healthy People’, which is being organized by the CEC Regional Vice-Chair.

South America:  Evaluate the results of a survey recently conducted by the CEC Regional Vice-Chair to find out more about CEC members in the region. Attempt to make links between the region’s many experts and very knowledgeable people, in particular those who are interested in uploading e-learning courses and sharing knowledge. Build on current contact with IUCN Commission on Environmental Law to link military issues, law and climate change in Brazil. Continue to contribute to the new IUCN office in Brazil.  

Eastern and Southern Africa: Link people by themes instead of only by regions, as otherwise it is difficult to communicate and accomplish real work with CEC members in the region.  Continue to pursue work with the IUCN Eastern and Southern Africa Regional Office. Evaluate and post the finding of a survey conducted in Eastern and Southern Africa for a stakeholder needs assessment. 

West and Central Africa: Catalyse human resources and share knowledge South-South, e.g. Brazil is leading the process of REDD whereas in Africa the process is just beginning. Increase number of CEC members to at least one per country; at present, in this region of 24 countries, CEC has 11 National Activators. Create awareness of CEC, noting that materials such as short videos and brochures would be needed.  

North Africa and the Mediterranean:  Combine the resources of two Regional Vice-Chairs for collaboration on CEC activities over the next three years. Work together to produce a CEPA workshop in Morocco, and arrange to invite the CEC National Activators in the region.  Seek funds to translate the CEPA Toolkit into Arabic. 

West Asia: Increase opportunities to meet face-to-face with CEC members in the region in order to go forward.  Take advantage of opportunities presented by key events in 2012 such as the Climate Change CoP, Ramsar CoP, Rio plus 20, WCC in Korea with the theme of the green economy.   Use these events as entry points for communication and as opportunities to use social media to spread the conservation message.

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