Commission on Ecosystem Management

Invasive Species

Incorporating Indigenous and Spiritual and Cultural Connections and Perspectives
Water session Hawaii, Thematic group leader Judy Fischer on the far left

Thematic Group Leader:

Judy Fisher  On Twitter: @judithfish
UWA Network Leader Innovation and Entrepreneurship

Co-leader: Leanda Mason

SC Focal Point: Kelvin Passfield 

We have adopted an holistic approach to the topic of Invasive Species which enables us to link to those active in Biodiversity and its services, Agriculture, Livelihoods, Human health and well being and Restoration in Terrestrial, aquatic and marine ecosystems. Using a Landscape Approach, including the soil, we work strongly with those having Indigenous and spiritual and cultural interactions and connections with the natural, cultural, economic and spiritual aspects of the environments.

We have a strong connection to the Intergovernmental Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES) as our approach is strongly aligned with the IPBES Conceptual Framework (Diaz et al 2015).

This overarching approach provides us with the opportunities to link to other Thematic Groups in particular TG’s: Business and Ecosystem Management including Commonland, Cultural Practices and Ecosystem Management, Ecosystem Based Adaptation and Mitigation, Ecosystem Services, Ecosystem Restoration, Red List of Ecosystems and Young Professionals Network.

Our Approach and implementation will be focused around our Overarching Goal and Prioritisation:

Overarching Goal:

An effective Ecosystem Based Approach to adaptive invasive species legislation, governance, policy, strategy, management and restoration, which develops functioning and resilient ecosystems, that enhances biodiversity, its services, human well-being, health, livelihoods and food security, incorporating indigenous and local communities, using nature based solutions.

The Key prioritisation which our Group focuses on is:


Riverine and aquatic ecosystems including riparian and floodplain vegetation and wetlands from catchment to coast, estuaries and the receiving marine environments, ground water dependent ecosystems, the near coastal vegetation strips affected by the marine and riverine environments, incorporating islands due to their extensive coast lines.

We will be working across all IUCN Regions and other Commissions including Invasive Species Specialist Group (ISSG), World Commission on Protected Areas (WCPA) and Commission on Environment, Economics, and Social Policy (CEESP) to implement Best Practice projects utilising our Overarching Goal and Key Prioritisation Approach.

We are establishing Key Partnerships with Organisations with similar interests, to develop new projects over the next years. We seek expressions of interest from Organisations wishing to collaborate with us.

To maintain updated with our Activities please visit our Facebook page.

Danielle Flakelar-Carney

Current Activities

A gathering of Indigenous Peoples from around the world to discuss their Spiritual and Cultural Connections with Water as an outcome of two Sessions for Indigenous People held at the IUCN World Conservation Congress in Hawaii September 2016.

Preparing a Publication with members and interested Organisations to outline our Approach and future directions

Collaborating with the new Western Australian Museum, Perth, to incorporate our work into Content Development, Western Australian Department of Parks and Wildlife, Australian Government, CSIRO and others.

Establishment of Leadership Groups in each of the IUCN Regions


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