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IUCN / CEC Newsletter March/April 2011 Issue 42

Dear CEC members,

Linking resilience to biodiversity through use of CEC’s strategic communication, learning, and knowledge and change management will be central to our work going forward. This issue of the CEC newsletter presents the first in a series of articles about what resilience means. A search of the IUCN website returns about 2820 results for the term "resilience". You can read more here about IUCN's commitment to help build the resilience of human communities in rural areas to natural disasters and the impacts of climate change.

As educators and communicators, and members of CEC, how will we help to shape the conversation about resilience? Certainly, it is fair to ask “What is resilience?” There are many voices to be heard, as in this video interview with a Volvo Environment Prize winner, in this blog about a resilience conference and in publications like this CBD Secretariat report on forest resilience. Brad Smith, CEC Special Advisor, offers this introduction to the topic: “How we build, how we plan our communities, how we care for each other, and how we value and protect our natural environment can mean the difference between a minor emergency and a community catastrophe.”

I look forward to hearing from CEC members about how your actions are promoting resilience and your thoughts on turning crisis into opportunity for people and nature.

With best regards,
Keith Wheeler, CEC Chair

KEITH WHEELER, CEC CHAIR
Keith Wheeler, CEC Chair

Resilience
imageResilient Communities, Resilient Environments
How we build, how we plan our communities, how we care for each other, and how we value and protect our natural environment can mean the difference between a minor emergency and a community catastrophe. Brad Smith of the IUCN CEC Steering Committee and Rebekah Green explain the concept of 'resilience'. »

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Commission News
imageCEC provides expert advice for CBD Target 1 indicators
CEC has provided advice to the Convention on Biological Diversity on Target 1 of its strategic plan: Awareness of biodiversity values. »


imageCEC Bureau begins long-term strategic planning for CEC
CEC recently embarked on a long-term strategic planning exercise to shape the next strategic plan and beyond, reports CEC Focal Point Rod Abson. »


imageCEC Chair attends Climate, Mind and Behavior Symposium
CEC's Keith Wheeler and Jack Byrne attended this symposium at the Garrison Institute, New York. View videos of key presentations on shifting human behavior to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and enhance resilience. »


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Zoos and CEC
imageCEC members attend zoo and aquarium educators conference
Chris Mahon, Susana Calvo and Helena Olsson were among CEC members participating in this March event in Valencia. »


imageZoos and CEC
"The IUCN Commission on Education and Communication is a network that you need, and that zoos need. It also needs you," writes CEC member Malcolm Whitehead in the latest issue of Zooquaria »


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CEC Members in Action
imageSuccess story from the Sundarban's Tiger Project
Iqbal Hussain, CEC member, shares a story of villagers' participation in saving the life of a tiger in Bangladesh. »


imageWhen you give a scientist a video camera
Scientists can learn to tell compelling stories and make high-quality videos at training workshops run by CEC member Jeff Morales of ScienceFilm – modern communication for modern science. »


imageA view of biodiversity at Colombia's Museum of Gold
The Museum of Gold and Alexander Von Humboldt Institute organized an exposition for the International Year of Biodiversity that illustrated the way that antique goldsmiths related to animals and plants. »


imageEl Museo del Oro y el Instituto
Alexander Von Humboldt, organizaron un recorrido por el museo que evidenciaba la forma como se relacionaron los antiguos orfebres y ceramistas con animales y plantas. »


imageTaller de communicación para la adaptación al cambo climático
Arturo Curiel Ballesteros, CEC Regional Vice-Chair in Meso America, invited Frits Hesselink to facilitate a workshop on climate change adaptation at the University of Guadalajara, Mexico. »


imageDarkness Before Dawn? The Future of Pakistan
Javed Jabbar, IUCN Council Vice-President and CEC Regional Vice-Chair, presented this keynote address at the Carnegie International Nuclear Policy Conference. »


imageWebsite 'Pray for Japan' launched by CEC member: Send a message
Junko Edahiro of Japan for Sustainability shares a link to her group's new website about the earthquake and tsunami in Japan's Tohoku District. »


imageRe-Introducing the Near East Foundation
CEC member Medani Prasad Bhandari provides an update on his volunteer work with the Near East Foundation as he completes his dissertation at Syracuse University in the United States. »


imageYouth Awareness Environmental Forum Update
Messages on the cultural heritage of water were broadcast by YAEF/Nepal to mark 18 April, the ICOMOS international day for monuments and sites.»


imageHydropower and Power: An indigenous rights perspective
CEC member Adriana Suárez Delucchi shares her paper 'Hydropower and Power: An indigenous rights perspective', written while at Macquarie University's master's programme in environmental management. The focus is on decision-making processes in multi-cultural settings. »


imageHidroelectricidad y Poder; una perspectiva de derechos indígenas
Adriana Suárez Delucchi, miembro de la CEC y Magíster en Gestión Ambiental de la Universidad Macquarie, presenta su trabajo: "Hidroelectricidad y Poder; desde una perspectiva de derechos indígenas y participación ciudadana" el cual reflexiona acerca de procesos de toma de decisión en escenarios multiculturales. »


imageExploring Trans-boundary Ecosystem Alternatives
CEC member Susan Lisa Toch reflects on a recent study trip to assess community-based collaboration for the Inside Passage of United States and Canadian waterways. She floated glacial-fed rivers loaded with eagles; kayaked into riparian wetlands; witnessed bird, bear and wolf gatherings; and collected Red Ribbon seaweed with Native American elders. »


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News from Europe
imageEuropean strategies to rally political will for biodiversity conservation
A recent CBD capacity development workshop showed enthusiasm for stakeholder engagement and strategic communications for biodiversity. CEC member Wiebke Herding reports. »


imageEuropean Union asks members to support Education for Sustainable Development
The Council of the European Union has adopted conclusions on ESD, reports CEC Regional Vice-Chair Katalin Czippan. »


imageMissione Biodiversita guigno 2011
“Missione Biodiversità: educare e comunicare per la vita e lo sviluppo” è un primo Corso di qualificazione sulla comunicazione e l’educazione per la Biodiversità. Da Maurilio Cipparone, membro del CEC. »


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Resources
imageESD - An expert review of process and learning
This new publication from UNESCO is shared by Daniella Tilbury, CEC Specialty Group Leader on Education for Sustainable Development (ESD). »


imageINEX newsletter on sustainability & education
The March newsletter is shared by CEC member Philipp Schoeffmann of INEX, International Network for Educational Exchange. »


imageMobile phone apps offer easy access to climate change science
New apps from the website Skeptical Science use mobile phone technology to share environmental information. It's a "sign of the times" says CEC Deputy Director Wendy Goldstein. »


imageCarboun: An online resource on sustainability in the Middle East
The website contains substantial information on energy, environment, and sustainable development issues in the contact of the Middle East with an emphasis on the built environment. From CEC Deputy Director Wendy Goldstein. »


imageWildlife Times newsletter
The February 2011 issue features a community-based anti-poaching operation. Published by CEC member Mangal Man Shakya of Nepal. »


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Opportunities
imageSearch for Nature Photojournalist of the Year
Photojournalists, both professional and amateur, are invited to enter the first ever Nature Images Awards organised by IUCN and French nature magazine Terre Sauvage. Judges will be looking for entries which use inspirational images of nature to demonstrate the unique relationship between people and the natural world. »


imageJob opening at EAZA: Communications and membership manager
Apply by 16 May 2011 for this position in Amsterdam at the European Association of Zoos and Aquaria, which represents and links more than 325 institutions and organisations in 36 countries. »


imageCall open for Ramsar Wetland Awards
Ramsar is launching a call for nominations for the Ramsar Wetland Awards, which will be presented at the next Ramsar COP in Romania, June 2012. »


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Participate Online
imageJoin World Conservation Debates with IUCN online
IUCN is launching an online debate series. Join the first debate: Nature - to die for? »


imageJoin IUCN's Europe Overseas Forum
This email discussion group is for everyone interested in advancing biodiversity and climate change action in the Outermost Regions and Overseas Countries and Territories of the European Union. »


imageQuestionnaire on Environmental Problems and Survival of Humankind
CEC members are invited to take this survey! Its results present an interesting barometer of global opinions on environmental issues over 20 years. Shared with CEC by Dr. Sue Mainka, Head, IUCN Science and Knowledge Management. »


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Coming Events
imageForum on Earth Observations to focus on Environmental Intelligence
Register now for this June 14 event in Washington D.C. Join CEC Specialty Group Leader Nancy Colleton to think strategically about information that enables decision-makers to better respond to, adapt to, and manage the changing planet. »


imageSpeakers announced for environmental intelligence forum
Natural disasters are on the rise. Observational capabilities are in decline. Where do we go from here? Announcing speakers for the Environmental Intelligence forum 14 June in Washington, D.C. »


imageWorld Oceans Day 2011: Youth are the Next Wave for Change
Youth are the most promising members of the public to reach out to effect lasting change says CEC member Bill Mott of The Ocean Project. »


imageState of the Gulf of Mexico Summit - December 2011
The IUCN Inter-Commission Gulf of Mexico Working Group is contributing to this event in Texas, USA, hosted by the Harte Research Institute. »


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