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.


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  • New guidelines issued to help apply NbS and build resilience in China Photo: IUCN China

    China launches new guidelines for coastal ecosystems to enhance disaster risk reduction


    In 2018, the highest decision-making body on financial and economic issues in China mandated competent authorities to implement coastal conservation and restoration projects through the use of Nature-based Solutions to keep resilient from the risks the...

  • NbS featured at China forum during CBD COP15 Photo: IUCN China

    Nature-based Solutions for ecological conservation and restoration explored at CBD COP15 in China


    Kunming, China (IUCN) – China’s Ministry of Natural Resources, together with IUCN, organised an event, “Nature-based Solutions for Ecological Conservation and Restoration,” as part of the Ecological Civilisation Forum during the Convention on Biological...

  • Nature-based Solutions in WB Nature-based Solutions in the Western Balkans, working lunch  Ida Reuterswärd, First Secretary Programme Officer, Development Cooperation Section, Team Serbia, Embassy of the Kingdom of Sweden in Belgrade / Sandra Nedeljkovic, Deputy Director, Public Investment Management Office / Boris Erg, Director IUCN ECARO Photo: @IUCN

    Nature-based Solutions as a response to climate change in Western Balkans


    In cooperation with the Public Investment Management Office of the Government of the Republic of Serbia a working lunch for key partners in Serbia was organised to discuss the application of Nature-based Solutions aimed at mitigating the...


IUCN World Conservation Congress postponed 

In light of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) and the Government of France have decided to postpone the IUCN World Conservation Congress. For more information visit the IUCN World Conservation Congress website


Selecting indicators for ecosystem risk assessments Photo: IUCN Selecting Indicators for ecosystem risk assessments

Scientists develop a guide for selecting indicators for ecosystem risk assessments.

A Global Standard for Nature-based Solutions

Nature-based Solutions (NbS) are

“actions to protect, sustainably manage and restore natural or modified ecosystems that address societal challenges effectively and adaptively, simultaneously providing human well-being and biodiversity benefits”.

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Camargue National Reserve, France Sand dunes offer natural protection against many coastal hazards. Camargue National Reserve, France. Credit: K. Sudmeier Photo: K. Sudmeier

Disaster Risk Reduction

Eco-DRR is the sustainable management, conservation and restoration of ecosystems to reduce disaster risk, with the aim to achieve sustainable and resilient development.


Chemically intensive agriculture pollutes that Puttalam lagoon Photo: IUCN Sri Lanka

Systemic Pesticides

The IUCN CEM SSC Task Force on Systemic Pesticides (TFSP) carries out comprehensive, objective, scientific reviews and assessments of the impact of systemic pesticides on biodiversity and makes recommendations based on these reviews.


King George Island King George Island, the largest of the South Shetland Islands, lying 120 kilometres off the coast of Antarctica in the Southern Ocean Photo: Elie Poulin

Red List of Ecosystems

A key tool that allows for tackling, globally and nationally, different aspects of the public policies and easing the achievement of international goals regarding conservation


Ecosystem Insider - CEM Newsletter Photo: IUCN


Ecosystem Insider - IUCN CEM's Newsletter is sent out 4 times a year in the 3 official IUCN Languages


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