About & how we engage

CEC recognises that knowledge is only useful in influencing conservation policies and actions if people are engaged in constructive dialogue and motivated to action by its findings. In this line, the Commission drives change for the co-creation of sustainable solutions through leading communication, learning and knowledge management in IUCN and the wider conservation community.

Our Mission


To strengthen the work of the Union through creative, innovative, participatory, responsive, and effective communication and education, as tools to effect positive social and behavioural change for the well-being of people and planet.

Our Members


CEC members are professionals from around the globe who volunteer their time and talent in pursuit of sustainability. We encourage diversity in terms of experience, disciplines, cultures, languages, ages and gender.

Our Networks


As a CEC Member, you are invited to join and contribute to our programme priorities and be part of their networks. Our networks are focused on weaving communities of practice between members, initiatives, countries and regions.

Our Work

The Commission undertakes its mission through engaging its members’ expertise, research and actions, including indigenous and traditional knowledge, to support the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), the IUCN Programme, the post-2020 biodiversity framework, and other emerging needs and priorities of IUCN. We undertake this work through four programme priorities.

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Programme Priorities

#NatureForAll Opens in the same window Opens in the new window

A global movement to inspire, celebrate and restore love of nature. Share your love of Nature!

Nature Education

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CEC aims to integrate nature education as part of the formal, non formal, and informal education systems. Share your expertise!

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Youth Engagement and Intergenerational Partnerships Opens in the same window Opens in the new window

CEC supports the inclusion and empowerment of young people to advance Nature 2030. Join us!

Reimagine Conservation

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A global movement to listen, discuss, imagine and act towards a sustainable planet. Reimagine with us!

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CEC Leadership

Sean Southey

Sean Southey, Chair

Sean has led the development of over 80 campaigns world-wide. His NGO experience includes ICLEI, Rare, and 10 years as President of PCI Media. He is now Co-Founder and President of Zamia.

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I see the role of CEC as advancing our collective capacity to use the tools, ideas and creative approaches of education and communication to help create the social norms, values and behaviors that will help us realize the vision of IUCN and the SDGs.

Margareth Otieno

Dr. Margaret Otieno, Deputy Chair

Margaret is a passionate hands-on environmental education professional and the National Coordinator and CEO of the Wildlife Clubs of Kenya.

Katalin Czippan

Katalin Czippán, Strategic Adviser & Nature Education for Sustainability Co-Chair

Katalin works for the Bavarian Academy for Nature Conservation and Landscape Management (ANL) as the international coordinator of the ELENA project. She served as CEC Deputy Chair until 2021.

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Global Lessons on Greening School Grounds and Outdoor Learning

The IUCN Commission on Education and Communication (CEC) extends the #NatureForAll invitation to be part of the Global Lessons on School Ground Greening and Outdoor Learning project, which aims to identify and disseminate successful…