CEESP's members contribute to a Commission Newsletter that comes out a few times each year. The CEESP Newsletter aims to convey updates, efforts, and news from our members that relate to the goals of the Commission. 

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Desmond Bowden - Oceans Alive Trust


December 2023 Newsletter: End of Year 

  1. Wrapping up 2023: Message from the Chair and Deputy Chair
  2. A Unique Coexistence of an Indigenous Tribe (Adivasi) with Tigers in the Western Ghats of India
  3. Survey Sign-up: Indigenous Kinship Circle in the Northern Great Plains
  4. Reimagining Conservation: Dispatches from the First Asian Rangers Forum, Assam, India
  5. Deep Dive into the Natural Resource Governance Framework Working Group
  6. Roots of Territorial Sustainability of the Peoples of Mexico: Indigenous Peoples, Gender and Youth
  7. Raíces de la Sustenabilidad Territorial de los Pueblos de México: Pueblos Originarios, Género y Jóvenes 
  8. 3rd Interinstitutional Seminar on Green Criminology in Mexico
  9. 3er Seminario Interinstitucional de Criminología Verde en México
  10. 5-Dimensional Sustainability Assessment Framework (5DSAF)
  11. NEW! CEESP welcomes our first-ever Yount Professional Regional Focal Points
  12. Commission Membership Experience Survey

August 2023 Newsletter: In recognition of the UN International Youth Day 

  1. International Youth Day: Green Skills for Youth
  2. Green Skills to Bridge the Boundaries Between Ideas
  3. Meet the Rivers
  4. The Danger of a Protected Area When Young People Are Not Involved
  5. Supporting Communication, Leadership, and Creative Thinking in Youth
  6. Youth Voices of the Colombian Amazon
  7. Building a Sustainable Future: Mastering the Ten Essential Skills
  8. From Passion to Action: Young Leaders Driving Sustainability at Bahrain's Eco-Summit
  9. Youth Climate Concave (YCC): Youth's Commitment to Promote 'Sustainable Lifestyle'
  10. Youth Empowerment in Watershed Management in Jharkhand, India
  11. Waterkeepers Chaltén: Water Conservation Project Led by Young Women
  12. Youth as Agents of Change for a Sustainable Future

March 2023 Newsletter: In recognition of International Women's Day

  1. Environmental change and gender
  2. Supporting small-scale fisher women’s livelihoods in the Eastern Cape of South Africa
  3. Integrating voluntary, rights-based family planning in conservation
  4. Contributions from women defenders from LAC to the implementation of the Escazú Agreement
  5. The role of tribal women in balancing family, community, and environment in Araku Valley, India
  6. Protecting women’s and girl’s rights to a healthy environment
  7. Women to lead actions for climate change adaptation and mitigation
  8. Women fishers in Manipur’s Loktak Lake strive for its restoration
  9. UN Special Rapporteur calls for accelerated, gender-transformative climate and environmental action
  10. A gendered perspective on the horizon in community conservation
  11. The problem that has no name: Gender, climate migration, and the case of Israel
  12. Members of the Harmattan Theater activate ecological awareness through performance
  13. Towards a systematic approach: Women, climate change and mobility
  14. Empowering the unheard: Why women's voices are crucial in environmental policy and action
  15. An analysis of Sustainable Development Goal 5


December 2022 Newsletter: In recognition of the UN Human Rights Day

  1. A Rights-based Path for People and Planet – realising human rights in the Post-2020 Global Biodiversity Framework
  2. Living in peace with nature requires conservation and good governance
  3. Brackets on our future
  4. Derechos humanos de las Mujeres Indígena en el Marco de Diversidad Biológica Posterior a 2020
  5. Indigenous Women's Human Rights in the Post-2020 Biodiversity Framework
  6. What could a gender-responsive Global Biodiversity Framework look like?
  7. Building a Guide on Inclusive, Equitable and Effective Implementation of Biodiversity Target 3
  8. Connecting children’s human rights and a healthy ocean
  9. Violencia contra grupos indígenas defensores del ambiente en México
  10. Violence against indigenous groups defending the environment in Mexico
  11. Partnerships to strengthen small-scale fishers’ human rights
  12. France’s invisible land commons under threat
  13. Manipur fishers hold rally raising awareness on Loktak Biodiversity
  14. March for Biodiversity and Human Rights at the CBD in Montreal

August 2022 Newsletter: In recognition of the UN International Day of the World's Indigenous Peoples

  1. Message from the Chair of SPICEH: rights-based conservation for social justice
  2. New legislation to protect the rights of the Indigenous Pygmy Peoples in the DRC
  3. Indigenous voices demand an end to colonial conservation at Africa Protected Areas Congress
  4. Taking up space: reflections of an Indigenous youth navigating international biodiversity policy
  5. Empowering Indigenous communities in Guwahati against an environmental injustice
  6. Small-scale fishers' Call to Action
  7. Incorporating Indigenous knowledge in ecosystem restoration: regulating the naming of invasive alien species in Indigenous languages
  8. Loktak Indigenous fishers face threats to their livelihoods

June 2022 Newsletter: Placing people at the center of ocean conservation and governance

  1. Placing people at the center of ocean conservation and governance
  2. Statement on human rights abuses in conservation
  3. Marine territories of life, small-scale artisanal fishing and sustainable use of marine-coastal resources in Mesoamerica: Strengthening action and advocacy for their recognition, defense and resilience
  4. Recommendations for mainstreaming equity and justice in ocean organizations policy and practice
  5. Progress on Community-Based Subsistence Fishing Areas (CBSFA)
  6. Progressing gender equality in the fisheries sector
  7. Developing new partnerships for protecting small-scale fishers' human rights 
  8. Keystone initiatives supporting just and sustainable blue transitions in Small Scale Artisanal Fisheries in the Pacific of Costa Rica
  9. Offshore oil exploration in Argentina. A socio-environmental conflict with implications for environmental sustainability
  10. The other ocean conference: an invitation to listen and join the plight of the Ocean Peoples
  11. Call for a Conference of the Ocean Peoples (C-OP): Reclaiming our oceans, reimagining our future
  12. Moving culture across ocean policy

May 2022 Newsletter

  1. Introducing the Indigenous Negotiations Resource Guide
  2. A Review of Nigeria's 2021 Climate Change Act: Potential for Increased Climate Litigation
  3. The War Between Russia and Ukraine – An Environmental Disaster
  4. Climate Change and Health - The Link
  5. Special Session for Youth Climate Conclave (YCC) 2022
  6. Indigenous Peoples in Gabon: Industrialization of the Timber Sector and Safeguarding of Traditional Forestry Knowledge
  7. The Fight for Water: Local Communities Versus Big Government and Big Business in Western Andalusia, Spain
  8. Reflection on Advancing Community Engagement for Sustainable Forests in Northern Liberia
  9. Conservation is becoming more dangerous: increasing violations and threats
  10. To Remain or Retreat? A Consideration of Climate Migration in Hawaiʻi
  11. Exploring Possible Futures for Conservation NGOs: A Report by the Luc Hoffmann Institute


December 2021 Newsletter 

  1. A Challenge to Reimagine Conservation in 2022
  2. Indigenous Participation and the Incorporation of Indigenous Knowledge and Perspectives in Global Environmental Governance Forums: a Systematic Review
  3. Launching the Natural Resource Governance Framework & Building a Community of Practice
  4. Adaptive Collaborative Management of Forest Landscapes: Villagers, Bureaucrats and Civil Society
  5. Dialogue forum: Escazú Agreement, a pioneer regional environmental instrument
  6. Environmental Services Investments & Offset Bonds
  7. Understanding the multiple benefits of area-based conservation
  8. The black jaguar and the guardian of the forest
  9. Climate resilient action plans for drylands
  10. Gabura to Glasgow: Act on climate change and biodiversity loss
  11. Centering social equity in global marine conservation efforts
  12. People in Nature: Understanding how communities use biodiversity
  13. “Voices for Peace and Conservation”, a new podcast series
  14. Impacts of COVID-19 and Climate Change on Indigenous Peoples: a Virtual Dialogue
  15. Gender is linked to the biodiversity and climate crises. When will our policies reflect this? 

September 2021 Newsletter - Environmental Defenders 

  1. The stories and voices of environmental defenders across the globe: Special issue of Policy Matters
  2. Environmental defenders, human rights and the growing role of IUCN policy: retired, red-tagged or red-listed?
  3. The song "Inzulu" - stories and voices of environmental defenders
  4. Imagining otherwise: steps forward for a greater recognition of Indigenous wisdom and resistance (EN); Imaginer autrement: des pas en avant pour une plus grande reconnaissance de la sagesse et de la résistance autochtones (FR)
  5. Community-level responses to ‘forest violence’ in Cambodia
  6. “Return to Being;” A poem by Nnimmo Bassey
  7. "More;" A poem by shalan joudry
  8. Women building power: activist stories, testimonies
  9. "Rap del Veedor;" A song by Gasel
  10. Moving in the Rights direction: To successfully conserve nature requires empowered stewardship by Indigenous Peoples and local communities

May 2021 Newsletter

  1. Community based conservation
  2. Coastal Community Associations: A model for sustainable development at the Kenyan coast
  3. Community Conservation Area volunteers safeguard 5,000 wintering Oriental Storks in Tianjin, China
  4. Coral restoration training on Fiji’s Coral Coast
  5. Communities combating fisheries crime and reef destruction
  6. New edition: Protected Area Management Effectiveness Tracking Tool (METT)
  7. New book: "Advanced Introduction to Community-based Conservation"
  8. New book: Commons institutions and how they work (or not)
  9. Landscape architects combating ecosystem degradation
  10. What makes conservation effective? A community perspective
  11. SULI digest
  12. The study and prevention of environmental harm and crimes
  13. Plastics: mitigating their environmental, health and human rights impacts
  14. The regulation of water supply and sanitation services in the fight against COVID-19 for the protection of human rights
  15. IUCN World Conservation Congress

February 2021 Newsletter

  1. How Do We Build Back Better After a Pandemic?
  2. Communities, Conservation & Livelihoods book
  3. April IUCN Global Youth Summit goes virtual
  4. Migration, Environmental Change & Conflict Dialogue
  5. Pan-African Response to COVID-19: New Forms of Environmental Peacebuilding Emerge
  6. Environmental human rights defenders in the pandemic: the Geneva Roadmap & strengthening IUCN action Dialogue
  7. FPP report analyses impacts and underlying inequalities around COVID-19 for indigenous and tribal peoples
  8. COVID-19, Indigenous peoples, local communities and natural resource governance: a preliminary study
  9. COVID-19 and Climate Change: Double Jeopardy for Traditional Resource Users in the Sundarbans
  10. Community involvement in preventing and combating wildlife, forest and fisheries crime, Dialogue
  11. Building capacity for engaging communities in tackling illegal wildlife trade
  12. Unlocking the wildlife economy in Africa
  13. The Impact of COVID-19 on Gender Dialogue
  14. Women, Conflict, and Modern Mining in Rwanda during COVID-19
  15. Spiritual Perspectives for a New Normal Dialogue
  16. Seeds of Hope & Action: New educational resources to inspire transformative action
  17. IUCN World Conservation Congress


June 2020 Newsletter - Focus on COVID-19: CEESP and our efforts during the crisis

  1. International wildlife trade: research and COVID-19
  2. Mobilizing in support of small-scale fisheries impacted by COVID-19
  3. COVID-19, conservation programs and Crocodilians
  4. Effect of COVID-19 on organizations working on environment, and associated strategies
  5. COVID-19 and a new form of conservation
  6. Les populations autochtones, difficiles d’accès, du Gabon face à la pandémie du Covid-19
  7. Adapting in a Time of Crisis
  8. Solidaridad, empatía y esperanza de las comunidades de pesca artesanal de pequeña escala en Costa Rica ante la situación del COVID–19
  9. Conservation, Economic Reactivation and COVID-19 in Peruvian Amazon Indigenous Communities
  10. Participatory Conservation Economies in Kerala, India: A Stepping Stone to Resilience
  11. Chinese Civil Society launches wildlife-free e-commerce initiative to conserve biodiversity and safeguard public health
  12. From Social Solidarity to Economic Solidarity
  13. IUCN World Conservation Congress

May 2020 Newsletter

  1. CEESP and COVID19: A Call to Action
  2. Exploring private investments in conservation, conceptually and in concrete settings
  3. Learning Community for the effective management of Private Protected Areas in Central Chile
  4. Ecosystem restoration project in a private (not “privately”) protected area in Chilean Patagonia
  5. Public-Private Sector collaboration to protect and restore ecologically significant tropical peat-swamp forest in Sumatra
  6. Encouraging policy development and best practices for privately protected areas
  7. Private Sector Engagement and Conservation in West Bengal: monitoring Compensatory Afforestation
  8. An integrative approach to assess and mitigate the social impacts of a disaster
  9. Adopting rights-based approaches to enable cost-effective conservation and climate action
  10. IUCN World Conservation Congress 

January 2020 Newsletter

  1. Peace, Migration and Enviornmental Change
  2. Environmentally induced migration and impact on yam farmers in Benin
  3. A reflection on protected areas in serving wildlfe migration exemplefied by endangered oriental storks
  4. Mobile pastoralism and the World Heritage Convention
  5. The historical journey of indigenous peoples in Climate Change negotiations
  6. Building community - twelve principles for a healthy future
  7. Addressing the climate change and poverty nexus
  8. Bwindi: bees, baskets and brilliant guided walks
  9. NRGF in 2019: Continued implementation, outreach and learning
  10. Charting a course to sustainability and equity in the blue economy
  11. Ganga: the river of local and national importance, Alike!


September 2019 Newsletter

  1. Note from the Chair
  2. Increasing the scope for communities in conservation through sustainable use
  3. Peer-to-peer learning: Indigenous peoples share solutions
  4. Indigenous People's stuggle for recognition of tradîonal knowledge and the UNPFII
  5. Recognising and supporting indigenous leadership in conservation
  6. Key for conservation in indigenous territories : a multi-stakeholder dialogue
  7. CEESP Steering Committee meeting
  8. Where culture, spirituality and conservation meet
  9. Family planning : critically important for women, girls, the environment and sustainability
  10. Call for contributions: Human- Wildlife Conflict and Conservation Conference 2020
  11. Exploring social development, governance, and wellbeing at the IUCN Oceania Regional Forum
  12. Lessons for CEESP and Ways forward: Eastern and Southern Africa Regional Conservation Forum
  13. IUCN World Conservation Congress
  14. Publications and Reports