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CEESP Newsletter December 2021

A Challenge to Reimagine Conservation in 2022

Kristen Walker Painemilla, IUCN CEESP Chair With 2021 coming to a close, we have the opportunity to reflect on the state of the world, take the good with the bad, and look toward the future - to imagine how 2022 might be, and how we want it to be. My sincerest gratitude to IUCN Members for my re-election as Chair of IUCN CEESP. It has been an honor to serve the past five years, and to serve over the next four years. Thanks to the inspiring work and input by Commission members, the impact and influence of the six IUCN Commissions have never been stronger. Read more...

Indigenous Participation and the Incorporation of Indigenous Knowledge and Perspectives in Global Environmental Governance Forums: a Systematic Review

In this article, we present systematic review of the peer-reviewed literature on Indigenous participation in Global Environmental Governance (GEG) forums, and focus on the specific questions: (1) what GEG forums include Indigenous participation and (2) how do Indigenous peoples participate in GEG forums, including how their perspectives and knowledges are framed and/or included/excluded within governance discussions, decisions, and negotiations. Read more...

Launching the Natural Resource Governance Framework & Building a Community of Practice

As we come to the close of another challenging year, we at the IUCN Global Program on Governance and Rights and IUCN CEESP-led Natural Resource Governance Framework (NRGF) initiative are grateful for the opportunities we have had to connect with (remotely at least), learn from, and advance action with our CEESP and wider IUCN communities, including the NRGF Working Group. In this brief update we highlight notable milestones in 2021 and share about our next phase of work in 2022. Read more...

Adaptive Collaborative Management of Forest Landscapes: Villagers, Bureaucrats and Civil Society

Adaptive Collaborative Management of Forest Landscapes: Villagers, Bureaucrats and Civil Society is a edited collection by 20 international scholars and practitioners who have conducted Adaptive Collaborative Management (ACM) around the world, mainly in the tropics, many since the early 2000s. It captures elements of their experience worth sharing, particularly as many turn to more collaborative, holistic, responsive approaches to conservation/development. Read more...

Dialogue forum: Escazú Agreement, a pioneer regional environmental instrument

The Regional Agreement on Access to Information, Public Participation and Justice in Environmental Matters in Latin America and the Caribbean, known as the Escazú Agreement, is of great importance; it is the first regional environmental instrument and pioneer in that it contains specific provisions for the protection of environmental activists. A dialogue forum within the IUCN community called "Escazú Thursdays with IUCN" was aimed at Member organizations, experts of the Commissions, and other relevant organizations and actors interested in participating in order to find out where we stand and identify lines of work that lay down the steps to follow, specifically with regard to rights of access to information, public participation and justice in environmental matters (access rights). Read more...

Environmental Services Investments & Offset Bonds

UK based CEESP member Simon Lamb's proposal for the world's first bond market in environmental services seems to have found favour with the UK Conservative party. Recently, the policy was selected by a Dragons Den of MPs, Lords and the Prime Minister's chief policy advisor from over 200 others for the Party's first ever Policy Yearbook. The fifteen selected policies are being put before the relevant Ministers' advisors. Read more...

Understanding the multiple benefits of area-based conservation

Under current proposals from the Convention on Biological Diversity, a target is likely to be set for 30% of the world’s land surface to be set aside into protected and conserved areas. Over 60 countries have pledged to meet this even ahead of the CBD Conference of Parties, and a significant number are already at or above this level. What are the wider implications of setting aside such a huge area for conservation? Two new reports look at some of the possible wider benefits. Read more...

The black jaguar and the guardian of the forest

In Brazil, a group of hunters killed a black jaguar. Not satisfied with the crime of killing an endangered animal, they made a video where one of them shows the magnificent animal between his arms while threatening the Guardians of the Forest, the indigenous people that monitor the indigenous territory to defend the life in the forest. Read more...

Climate resilient action plans for drylands

Land degradation, water scarcity, poverty, and hunger are major problems faced in drylands across the world. Drylands are degraded across continents due to over-cultivation, overgrazing, deforestation, poor irrigation, and rise in temperatures. When land degradation occurs in the drylands, it is referred to as desertification, which is one of the most destructive disasters in drylands, damaging crops and livestock, and trapping millions of people in poverty. The problems related to drylands are complex, and their severity is increasing with climate change. Increasing farm and off-farm incomes, encouraging climate-resilient technologies like solar and wind power plants, and ecotourism in drylands can help in achieving the Sustainable Development Goals of land degradation neutrality, no poverty, zero hunger, and climate action. Read more...

Gabura to Glasgow: Act on climate change and biodiversity loss

The people of the coastal area in Bangladesh survive by constant struggle with cyclones, tidal upsurges and floods. Almost every year the river-embankments in the coastal areas are damaged and flooded due to frequent hits these natural calamities. The severity and frequency of natural disasters is increasing, which causes massive biodiversity loss and imbalance in the ecosystem in the Sundarbans— the largest single tract contiguous mangrove forest in the world. As a result, life and livelihood of the people in the coastal belt of Bangladesh is in distress. They, therefore, want to witness walking the talk. The COP-26 in Glasgow must hear the voices of climate-endangered people and take effective measures. Read more...

Centering social equity in global marine conservation efforts

There is a growing recognition of the need for more socially equitable conservation. Yet, in both policy and practice, greater attention is still given to what, how much, and where to protect, rather than how to go about protecting biodiversity and who should be included in the process. A new peer-reviewed article by a global group of marine conservation practitioners and scholars aims to bring greater attention to this topic through reviewing how social equity can be better integrated in marine conservation policy and practice. Read more...

People in Nature: Understanding how communities use biodiversity

People in Nature provides an assessment framework to aid project development through an understanding of community uses of biodiversity. Read more...

“Voices for Peace and Conservation”, a new podcast series

Environmental degradation, biodiversity loss and climate change affect us all, and are already making our societies more likely to experience conflict, violence and hardship. Yet efforts to address environmental challenges, conserve biodiversity and respond to the challenges of the climate crisis are often divorced from work on resolving conflicts and promoting peace. “Voices for Peace and Conservation” is a 7-episode podcast series that delves into these issues and presents the listener with examples of how to connect environment and peace issues in practice. Read more...

Impacts of COVID-19 and Climate Change on Indigenous Peoples: a Virtual Dialogue

IUCN CEESP and the Specialist Group on Indigenous Peoples, Customary & Environmental Laws & Human Rights (SPICEH) discussed the status of Indigenous Peoples in the face of climate change and COVID-19, and the importance of recognition and promotion of Indigenous peoples' customary institutions - for protection of indigenous knowledge, cultural practices and traditional livelihoods. Read more...

Gender is linked to the biodiversity and climate crises. When will our policies reflect this?

At the IUCN World Conservation Congress, the Union’s 1,400 Member organisations democratically determine the most pressing issues in nature conservation and agree actions to address them. But very few of the motions proposed for Congress in September 2021 meaningfully consider the connections between biodiversity conservation and gender equality. Unless the conservation community redoubles its efforts to tackle gender inequality, conservation will be less effective, risk entrenching gender inequities, and alienate allies in other sectors; write Helen Anthem (Fauna and Flora International, an IUCN Member organisation) and David Johnson (Margaret Pyke Trust, an IUCN Member organisation). Read more...


  1. Kristen Walker-Painemilla, IUCN CEESP Chair

  2. Kristen Walker-Painemilla, IUCN CEESP Chair moderating a high-level event on Environmental Defenders at the IUCN World Conservation Congress, Septermber 2021 © IUCN

  3. NRGF graphic © IUCN

  4. Women around tubs prcessing Shea nuts into butter © Carol. J.Pierce Colfer

  5. ESCAZU Thursdays with the IUCN © IUCN

  6. Environmental Services Investments & Offset Bonds graphic © Simon Lamb

  7. Shade-grown cocoa trees form a critical buffer zone for protected areas in the Gola forest of Liberia and Sierra Leone, providîng contiguos habitat for birds and sixty critically endangered species, including pygmy hippopotamus and forest elephants © Bjorn Hogarth (FFI)

  8. Yasuní Camera trapping photos; the very rare and beautiful melanic jaguar of tropical rain forest. Photo © Conservation International, courtesy of the TEAM Network

  9. Focus group inaraction meeting with farmers in a tribal village in Vishakapatnam district of India's Andhra Pradesh state. Dr A. Amarender Reddy explaining about dryland schemes to farmers © Program Assistant Lavanya

  10. Titumir Hasibi in front of her hut.

  11. Single fisher on a small boat in the open sea. © Conservation International/Janny “Heintje” Rotinsulu.

  12. Balinese fishmonger sells fish in Kedonganan Passer Ikan Jimbaran beach morning market ©

  13. Impact of climate change and Covid 19 on indigenous people Podcast image © Camden Edmond and Skyler Beatty

  14. Women in Uganda waiting for health services © Margaret Pyke Trust

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