How CEC Specialty Groups will engage CEC members

Specialty 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.

Sherif Kandil, CEC Speciality Group Leader for World Conservation Learning Network

All Specialty Group Leaders prepared questions about running their groups and solicited advice. They then prepared a plan of work aimed at engaging the membership.

Next steps by Speciality Groups
Learning and Leadership:  Run a second recruitment drive now that more information is available on the group and its activities.  Add content to the group’s web page, including a list of members and their links. Identify great events around the world linked to learning, leadership and social media and produce a calendar encouraging CEC Members to participate, asking people to Twitter and blog them with a set tag (#iucncec).  Post more ideas on the group’s web page. 

 Knowledge Management:  Communicate with CEC members who have identified themselves as having personal expertise or interest in knowledge management, soliciting input, advice and volunteer time. Via existing CEC membership, identify conservation-focused knowledge management experts who are not yet members of CEC and invite them to join the Commission, with a goal of representation across all regions.

CEPA:  Create and sustain a community of practice for CEPA that engages new and existing members in an ongoing dialogue within and across regions to share experiences in communicating sustainable development.   Encourage the use of CEPA tools amongst all IUCN members. 

Organization Development and Change Management:  Recruit highly-skilled organization development, change management and conflict intervention experts from existing CEC membership or from an expanded new membership. Obtain their commitment and organize them into a network to provide applicable support by region.  Announce the formation of the Specialty Group network and solicit interest in membership among existing CEC members using the CEC listserve, newsletter articles and web page content. Create an OD & CM webpage as a space for specialty group interaction, learning and knowledge-sharing.

Environmental Security:  Facilitate the development of dialogues and partnerships on environmental security between the environmental and security communities in order to develop effective responses to the challenges of the 21st century.  Network with key change agents and leaders in the security community that are actively engaged in climate change, biodiversity and environment. Create platforms to bring leaders of both communities together to start creating scenarios for climate change.  Create a group of interested existing and new CEC members to realize the objectives.  Link with interested individuals and groupings from other IUCN Commissions and explore modalities of collaboration. Support regional or national CEC initiatives that bring together leaders from both communities.  Include young professionals in the planning and implementation of activities.

Intergenerational Partnership for Sustainability:  Continue CEC’s leading role in IUCN to engage in intergenerational partnership for sustainability (IPS), a form of collaboration that encourages the exchange of ideas and experiences; mutual learning; and meaningful action across generations, geographies and genders in support of the Union’s mission of biodiversity conservation.  Focus on increasing the number and engagement of young people in CEC and in other IUCN Commissions. 

WCLN:  Revitalize and strategically grow the World Conservation Learning Network in Southern Africa to facilitate sharing and learning through the World Conservation Institute, using appropriate technologies taking into account the specific context of the end users.  Complete a programme and course mapping exercise and make all information available on IUCN and/or local websites.  Identify and recruit CEC members in institutions of higher learning and other providers of learning in a variety of areas and countries, with specific emphasis on the recruitment of young professionals.  Market the first World Conservation Institute certificate programmes to potential end users. Try to link up with Online Education Africa, etc.

Greening Campuses:  Create and animate an informal network of people sharing and learning about the integration of sustainability principles and practices into the cultures of their institutions of higher education.  Provide this network with tools that they can use to build an ‘on demand’ source of case stories and resources that support further learning and action for sustainability integration.  Create incentives for participants to become members of CEC and create opportunities for youth participation.  Populate the group’s web page with some initial resources and examples of how it can work. Develop and send an invitation to participate.

Private Sector Engagement:  Promote partnerships between CEC and the private sector. Develop a case statement for supporting CEC and invite to meeting. Identify participants and convene meeting of key private sector leaders to explore potential linkages with CEC.

Sustainability Centres:  Advance and support the practice of education for sustainable development by creating an informal network of place-based centres from around the world sharing and learning about of sustainability principles, practices and programmes.  Provide access to resources including inspiring case studies and stories that support capacity building and innovation. Create incentives and opportunities for youth participation and encourage them to become CEC members. 

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