Introducing the IUCN CEC Programme 2013-2016

IUCN CEC presents a programme to guide the Commission's work in the next four years. Now available in English, French and Spanish.

IUCN Commission on Education and Communication

The contributions to IUCN and the wider conservation community by the IUCN Commission on Education and Communication (CEC) will focus on four key areas: raising awarenss of biodiversity, developing capacity in IUCN, advocating nature-based solutions to global challenges, and expanding the CEC network.

This IUCN CEC Programme is based on wide consultation amongst CEC membership. The Commission's Steering Committee took the leading role, with support from the IUCN secretariat.

With links to the overall IUCN Programme, it is focused on four areas:

  1. Strategic Plan for Biodiversity Aichi Target 1: Lead IUCN’s work on Aichi Target 1 of the Strategic Plan for Biodiversity of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD)
  2. IUCN Capacity Development: Operationalise IUCN’s capacity development to deliver the IUCN Programme
  3. Nature-based Solutions to Global Challenges: Promote nature-based solutions within and beyond the conservation community
  4. CEC Network Development: Develop a globally active CEC network to support programme implementation

The Conference of the Parties of the Convention on Biological Diversity adopted the Strategic Plan for Biodiversity, and twenty Aichi Targets to be achieved by 2020. Aichi Target 1 states: "By 2020, at the latest, people are aware of the values of biodiversity and the steps they can take to conserve and use it sustainably". This forms a fundamental basis for framing the CEC programme for 2013-16.

CEC conducted surveys on both the supply of and demand for expertise. "Demand" refers to the needs for support and opportunities identified by other component programmes and partners of CEC. "Supply" encompasses the visions and opportunities for potential actions that were identified as being needed by over 200 of the 950 CEC members. View the report here >> 

CEC members surveyed as part of the situation analysis expressed their desire to see the CEC network mobilised to support capacity building to implement the IUCN programme. This incorporates a wide skills-set of CEC members including curriculum development, e-learning training development, facilitation, multi-stakeholder forum coordination and creative outreach approaches. They are keen to help build the capacity of people to be ‘multipliers’ and enablers of the conservation change sought in the IUCN programme.

Twenty years on from the 1992 Rio Earth Summit we cannot see significant progress towards sustainability and in fact negative trends in the state of the environment, increasing risks from climate change, and a growth in population towards 9 -10 billion by 2050. The resilience of ecosystems, society and the economy are under threat, trapping people in deteriorating environments and likely triggering conflict. The Commission will help to tell the story of climate change, of the value and wonder of biodiversity and to paint the picture of a path to a positive future. CEC will collect information and examples about nature-based solutions to climate change and biodiversity issues and promote these stories and solutions as appropriate to target audiences, supporting the work of Ecosystem Management Programme and Gender Office, as well as humanitarian and environmental security organisations.

CEC members have diverse skills that can help in many ways to implement the IUCN Programme. There are more than 1,000 CEC members and it is anticipated that many of these people will renew their membership for the 2013-16 Programme period, along with additional members joining. This membership needs to become an active network that can be mobilised to support the delivery of the IUCN Programme, provide knowledge-based services and advice, and explore new opportunities and cutting-edge examples of communication, education and knowledge management practices that can be integrated into IUCN’s ways of working.

The CEC Programme will begin to be implemented following the World Conservation Congress in Jeju, Korea in September. We hope that you will find ways in which your skills and experience can be applied to help implement the CEC Programme.

If you have any questions or would like to share your experiences on working on these focal areas of the CEC Programme, please write us via email at


By Rod Abson, CEC focal point

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