September 2010 — Issue 38
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IUCN / CEC Newsletter September 2010 Issue 38

Dear CEC members,

KEITH WHEELER, CEC CHAIR
Keith Wheeler, CEC Chair
Two dozen stories in this June newsletter represent the wide range of CEC members' interests and activities. CEC members in France send news of lively campaigns to mobilize action for biodiversity conservation, two CEC Regional Vice-Chairs share a report on their North African CEPA workshop in Morocco, and a new member from Guinée Bissau shares highlights from a celebration of the International Day for Biological Diversity. Also in this issue, I am pleased to introduce Rod Abson, the new IUCN Science and Learning Officer and CEC focal point, who will be working closely with Sue Mainka, Cecilia Nizzola-Tabja and Wendy Price at IUCN in Gland, Switzerland.

CEC's e-newsletter is now a monthly publication and your news items are always appreciated. In addition, I would like to make a special request : A call for submissions to showcase "best practices". "Best Practices" will be the theme of our August issue. I invite all CEC members to submit brief summaries of activities that showcase effective uses of communication, learning and knowledge management related to conservation and sustainability. In one page, 400 words, summarize the strategic intent of your activity, describe the process, and define the result. Kindly submit the CEC News Form before 1 August 2010. We will post the mini case studies on the CEC website. CEC members are always curious about the activities of our peers worldwide and, with our diverse and dynamic global membership, I look forward to your responses to this call for submissions.

With best regards,
Keith Wheeler, CEC Chair

Guest Editorial

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Intergenerational Partnership: Achievements and Aspirations
Engaging young people and collaborating across generations is essential for supporting the sustainability movement and the IUCN mission of biodiversity conservation. Dominic Stucker of the CEC Steering Committee introduces the theme of the CEC September 2010 newsletter: Youth and Intergenerational Partnership. »


IUCN CEC News

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Democratic Selection of Young Professional for CEC Nagoya Delegation
Yvonne Otieno will join the IUCN CEC delegation in Nagoya this October for COP 10 of the Convention on Biological Diversity. Dominic Stucker of the CEC Steering Committee reports on the democratic selection process. »

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Youth and Young Professionals

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How to Build and Animate Youth Networks, by Grace Mwaura
Grace Mwaura, IUCN Councillor and CEC members, shares her experience and lessons learned as a leader in youth networks. »


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1000 Environment-Friendly Youth Ambassadors in China
Training will prepare 1000 youth in six cities across China to enhance public awarenss of environmental protection. The program will also solicit 100 proposals for energy conservation and emission reduction. CEC member Mr Jia Feng of the Center for Environmental Education and Communication directs the program. »


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Nigerian Youths Make Case for Safer Climate Future
CEC National Activator for Nigeria, Esther Agbarakwe, organized a youth forum in Nigeria on the topic of climate change. The event also marked the start of the International Year of Youth. »


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Indonesian Youth are Climate-Smart Leaders
Climate-Smart Leaders is a youth programme of Yayasan Pembangunan Berkelanjutan (Foundation for Sustainable Development), where CEC member Darwina Widjajanti is Director. It rewards youth for taking action to combat climate change. »


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Herbal Medicine: View from Youth
CEC member Yvonne Otieno interviews a young herbalist in Eastern Kenya about communicating traditional knowledge, and his work with the World Agroforestry Centre on the medicinal tree species Warbugia Urgandesis. »


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Knowledge for Resilience: A Case Study
What happens to traditional fishermen’s multi-generational knowledge when the young people do not follow the tradition? CEC member Andrea Déri presents a case study on how young people revitalised and re-contextualised intergenerational learning for biodiversity conservation in the Lakshadweep archipelago, India. »


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Youth Guidebook on Sustainability by AEGEE
CEC member Kadri Kalle co-edited a guidebook by the European Student's Forum, which was the first youth organisation to join Countdown 2010, an IUCN initiative. »


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Resources for Conservation Educators from The Ocean Project
Resources for "Reaching Youth" and "Inspiring Children" fill two new webpages with material designed to inspire wonder and action, writes Abigail Nehring of The Ocean Project, where CEC member William Mott is director. »


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Uniting School Children for Waterfowl Conservation Awareness
Rural and urban students are learning about the need to maintain the ecological health of wetlands as a waterfowl refuge, especially for wintering migrants in Uttar Pradesh in north India. Faiza Abbasi is a CEC member and wildlife teacher from the Aligarh Muslim University. »


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Kids and Animals: Art Exibit at Moscow's Darwin Museum
CEC member Nina Dobrynina shares charming art by children that celebrates their connection to their animal friends. 100 pieces of art are exhibited at the Darwin Museum in Moscow. »


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Students, Biodiversity and Wildlife in Iowa
Pella Wildlife Company offers opportunities for school age children to become Jr. Wildlife Ambassadors and share information they have learned about biodiversity and the return of extirpated predators to Iowa, USA. From CEC member Rod DeArmond. »


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Sarayuka in Ecuador: Documentary Film from David Without Borders
Check out their second video episode "Na'vi of the Amazon: Avatar happens in Ecuador". Découvrez leur deuxième épisode vidéo "Les Na'vis de l'Amazonie : Avatar se passe aussi en Équateur". »


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International Year of Youth Launched Today
12 August 2010 -- International Year of Youth to Be Launched Today at United Nations Headquarters, on theme of 'Dialogue and Mutual Understanding'. »

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Views on Pakistan Floods

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View from Pakistan by CEC Regional Vice-Chair
“The enormity of the disaster which affects millions of people should be a test even for well-established governance and disaster management systems,” writes Javed Jabbar, IUCN CEC Regional Vice-Chair for West Asia and the Middle East. »


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Youth in Pakistan are focus of Huma Beg's Films
Dominic Stucker of the CEC Steering Committee shares a video from Utror, Pakistan. "This video on flood relief efforts in Pakistan is by my friend and colleague, Huma Beg of Serendip Productions, working and filming in her native Pakistan," he says. »


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Floods in Pakistan: Satellite Images Provide "Before" and "After" Information
Satellite images are used by humanitarian agencies and first responders to plan relief and evacuation activities by comparing “before” and "after" imagery to detect changes to the landscape and infrastructure. From CEC member Nancy Colleton, CEC Specialty Group Leader for Environmental Information. »

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CEC Member News

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Social Marketing Campaign Reaches Vezo Fishermen in Madagascar
A campaign to improve compliance with a ban on destructive fishing methods sought to raise awareness and change behaviour. CEC member Dr. Alasdair Harris reports on a joint effort of the marine conservation NGO Blue Ventures with social marketing experts Rare Conservation. »


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Soap Opera to Address Climate Change in the Caribbean
To fight climate change in the Caribbean, PCI-Media Impact, the Organization of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS) and more than 25 regional partners are using soap and a lot of elbow grease. CEC member Sean Southey reports on the regional effort. »


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CEPA Strategy in Bangladesh Tiger Conservation Project
Iqbal Hussain, CEC member, shares the change behaviour approach of Sundarbans Tiger Project, a flagship project of Wildlife Trust of Bangladesh. »


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CEC Members are Invited to Wash D.C. Reception
A reception for IUCN members and Commission members will be held Monday, September 27 at 5:30 pm at the Washington D.C. offices of WWF-US. This invitation is shared with CEC members by John Francis, CEC Regional Vice-Chair for North America and the Caribbean. »


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Terra abençoada pelos ipês
Inspired by Brazil's famous flowering tree, CEC member Suzana Padua wrote this article for the online publication O Eco. In Portuguese, with photos. »

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Awards

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Volvo Adventure & UNEP Award for Young People's Eco-Action
UNEP and Volvo offer an international award to recognise and reward the activities of young people who are working to solve environmental problems in a practical way. The award is in its 10th year. From CEC member Wayne Talbot. »

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Events

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Wildscreen Festival Runs 10-15 October
Bristol, UK, hosts the wildlife film festival starting 10 October. Wildscreen's Chief Executive is CEC Steering Committee member Harriet Nimmo. »


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Two Conferences on Education Informatics and IT
Two international conferences will be held March 2011 in Florida. ICETI 2011 focuses on Education, Training and Informatics. ICSIT 2011 focuses on Society and Information Technologies. Shared by CEC member Ana Puyol. »


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Earth Charter Conference 'Ethical Framework for a Sustainable World'
An event marking the 10th anniversary of the Earth Charter starts 1 November in Ahmedabad. »

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