May 2010 — Issue 35
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IUCN / CEC Newsletter May 2010 Issue 35

Dear CEC members,

Keith Wheeler, CEC Chair
IUCN is a leading source of knowledge about biodiversity — and that knowledge needs to be made widely available so it can be used to develop and implement policy, laws and best practice. CEC put knowledge management on the agenda of our annual Steering Committee Meeting, held 14-16 April in Aviemore, Scotland.

This newsletter reports on the CEC Steering Committee Meeting 2010.
  • Key topics included knowledge management, IUCN World Conservation Congress in 2012, and the International Year of Biodiversity.
  • We also explored collaboration with commissions and programmes, focusing on the IUCN Global Communications office.
  • CEPA and online learning continued to inspire activities in support of professional development for sustainability practitioners.
  • Specialty Group Leaders and Regional Vice-Chairs produced plans for ‘next steps’ in CEC’s effort to increase our numbers and to engage with members in meaningful work.
And, on the last day, representatives of the Cairngorms National Park hosted a study visit with a focus on engaging communities in park decisions and on using stories in the interpretation of this beautiful landscape.

With best regards, and my thanks to the more than 30 participants at this meeting for your contributions of time and energy and expertise — volcanic ash cloud notwithstanding.

With best regards,
Keith Wheeler, CEC Chair

CEC Steering Committee Meeting 2010

imageCEC’s new Specialty Group Leaders joined Steering Committee members at their annual event, meeting for the first time with CEC Regional Vice-Chairs, CEC Special Advisors, IUCN staff and guests. The group of 32 participants identified strategies and outcomes related to the International Year of Biodiversity, World Conservation Congress, and how to manage conservation knowledge to achieve results for IUCN. »

image Two time-sensitve areas of activity were discussed by participants at the April 2010 CEC Steering Committe Meeting in Aviemore, Scotland. CEC is making plans for the 2012 IUCN Congress in Korea. And CEC wants people to care and to take action in the International Year of Biodiversity -- Futerra has some great ideas. »

imageSpecialty Groups offer CEC members a new way of participating, around the issues that interest them most. The 10 groups include learning & leadership, greening campuses, environmental security, private sector engagement and other themes. Each group prepared 'next steps' after the CEC Steering Committee Meeting. »

imageThe 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. »

image CEC is committed to collaboration with other commissions and programmes. CEC support to IUCN communications work, and vice versa, was the topic of a session with IUCN's John Kidd. The Steering Committee also welcomed news of the World Conservation Institute's progress at Royal Roads University, Canada. »

imageKey topics at CEC's annual Steering Committee Meeting included biodiversity messages, the next IUCN Congress and knowledge management. CEC welcomed 32 participants to Aviemore, Scotland, 14 to 16 April 2010. »
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imageCEC is working to enhance knowledge management and CEC’s web presence. Part of the puzzle is a need shared by CEC, other Commissions, and IUCN as a whole for a more robust content management system. The knowledge management group at the CEC Steering Committee Meeting outlined next steps. »

imageKnowledge about biodiversity is becoming available very quickly. We need fast, smart systems to collect, store, analyse and communicate that knowledge. Keith Wheeler reflects on the knowledge management discussions at the 2010 CEC Steering Committee Meeting. »

imageCEC member Suzana Padau wrote this article for (o)eco about the CEC Steering Committee's field trip to Cairngorms National Park on the last day of the group's annual meeting. Park staff highlighted the variety of partners engaged in park management, the high level of community involvement, and the emphasis on sharing stories as part of interpreting the area's character and identity. »

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