Commission on Ecosystem Management

A network of professionals whose mission is to act as a source of advice on the environmental, economic, social and cultural factors that affect natural resources and biological diversity 


How we engage 

The Commission on Ecosystem Management (CEM) promotes ecosystem-based approaches for the management of landscapes and seascapes, provides guidance and support for ecosystem-based management and promotes resilient socio-ecological systems to address global challenges.



  • Giant tube worms Photo: NOAA Okeanos Explorer Program, Galapagos Rift Expedition 2011

    Draft mining regulations insufficient to protect the deep sea – IUCN report


    Regulations under development at the International Seabed Authority (ISA) to manage deep-sea mining are insufficient to prevent irrevocable damage to marine ecosystems and a loss of unique species – many yet to be discovered, an IUCN report warns.

  • Planning Management for Ecosystem Services - An operational manual Photo: UNEP WCMC ICOMOD

    Planning Management for Ecosystem Services


    An operations manual

  • Bait throwing to eradicate rats on Suwarrow Atoll Photo: Kelvin Passfield

    Suwarrow is for the birds


    Te Ipukarea Society (TIS) is the only IUCN member in the Cook Islands.  It is currently led by Kelvin Passfield, who represents the Oceania Region on the IUCN Commission on Ecosystem Management steering committee.  He has filed this brief...

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