Commission on Ecosystem Management

Young Professionals Network

The Young Professionals Network of CEM is a voluntary group of young professionals associated with ecosystem management. All members of the YPN are already members of CEM and are under 35 years of age.

CEM Co-Lead  Deepu Sivadas

CEM Focal Point Liette Vasseur

CEM YPN Vision

Our vision is an intergenerational community of leaders who learn and work together within and through IUCN, for a world where ecosystems are managed in such a way as to sustainably provide their products and services to nature and mankind. Intergenerational exchange, learning, and collaboration are integral parts of how IUCN delivers its vision of "a just world that values and conserves nature." We aim to integrate “youth” contributions throughout the CEM network, facilitating skills interchange and harnessing talent at all levels, and raising awareness of CEM activities more widely.

CEM YPN Mission

Our mission is to contribute to the CEM-EMP work program through the YPN and IUCN’s intergenerational partnership for sustainability. Moreover the YPN should engage in collaborations with the CEM thematic groups and regions and other partners where possible. YPs will have roles within each of the CEM thematic groups, providing an energetic complement to other members and facilitating activities linked to thematic groups, regions and to the CEM more broadly.


Our Goal for the CEM-YPN is to increase proactive and meaningful participation of emerging young leaders and professionals in the priority areas of ecosystem management in conserving and restoring nature, developing capacity, and ensuring the future quality of nature based management of natural resources.

CEM YPN Activities

The CEM YPN already has a blog and a facebook page in addition to a place within the Intergenerational partnership. All CEM YPN members are welcome to submit articles for the blog post and encouraged to not only share relevant events with the network, but furthermore to actively organise CEM relevant events (i.e. panels and symposia) as part of appropriate conferences under a CEM endorsement (prior to submission as a CEM endorsed event listings should be submitted via this link for approval by CEM network members).

In addition, we have created an online forum - 'Young Professionals Forum' on the CEM YPN website. We invite all YP to participate in the discussion.  The details on how the forum works can be seen in the page on the above link.

We use digital media to promote periodic events, in addition to regional and thematic meetings. You can connect with us on  Twitter and Facebook

Task Force on Intergenerational Partnership

Inspired by IUCN Resolution 4.098 on Intergenerational Partnership, members of young professionals groups across Commissions joined together with several senior colleagues to form the Task Force in September 2011 to promote youth engagement and intergenerational partnership in support of the IUCN’s vision of a "just world that values and conserves biodiversity."

A year later, it had grown to over 100 diverse members from more than 40 countries around the world, representing all parts of the IUCN family and partners. Since the Congress in Jeju, South Korea, much of the Task Force's work is based on Resolution 008 on Increasing Youth Engagement and Intergenerational Partnership across and through the Union as a platform. More information visit our blog



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