Australian Council of Environmental Deans and Directors established

The Australian Council of Environmental Deans and Directors (ACEDD) has been established. This is an initiative of the IUCN Commission on Education and Communication (CEC) and Macquarie University, Sydney. This is part of CEC’s program to catalyse networks of universities in Meso America, Southern Africa and amongst Arabic speaking nations as part of its endeavours for the IUCN World Conservation Learning Network. 

Commission on Education and Communication Photo: IUCN

“The Australian Council of Environmental Deans and Directors (ACEDD) is an association of people drawn from Australian universities and with line responsibility for environmental science and/or environmental studies programs and endeavours.”(Constitution)

The vision of the ACEDD “will be the peak professional advocate for excellence in environmental sciences and environmental studies in Australian higher education and will effectively represent the interests of these fields and the sector among government, non-government and private sectors.”

the group met formally as the Council at the University of Tasmania March 26-27, 2009. The meeting was organised by CEC Member A/Prof Elaine Stratford who is Head of the School of Geography and Environmental Sciences and a member of the Council. Twenty nine of the 37 universities in Australia were represented.

The Council agreed a motion “In recognition of the role of the IUCN in the establishment of the ACEDD, and accounting for mutual interests in developing capacity to conserve and manage the environment, the Council will continue a relationship with and contribute to the work of the IUCN.” In that interest Taholo Kami Regional Director Oceania was invited to share some of the issues in regard to capacity development and the program in the region. The Council has set up a working group to relate to Pacific issues and will develop a data base of university staff working in the Pacific. We hope the Council opens the door to hundreds of academics that may provide information and knowledge to IUCN.

The Council heard a report on the World Conservation Learning Network from Wendy Goldstein (Deputy Chair of CEC) and the development of a data base of environmental units and courses/ programs that will be publicised on the WCLN portal. A report was also filed by Professor Peter Nelson President of the ACEDD (Macquarie University) about a workshop on climate change adaptation education amongst universities and NGO course developers.

For more information Contact Wendy Goldstein

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