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IUCN / CEC Newsletter May 2012 Issue 48

Dear CEC members,

Count CEC members among the 50,000 people expected to converge in Rio at a UN global gathering to advance action for a sustainable future. I will join CEC Deputy Chair Wendy Goldstein and CEC Steering Committee members Brad Smith and Suzana Padua to participate in the Rio+20 UN Conference on Sustainable Development. Other CEC members actively engaged in Rio+20 are Esther Agbarakwe, Juanita Castaño, Denise Hamú, Corli Pretorious, Pam Puntenney, Daniella Tilbury, Wouter Veening and Douglas Williamson. If you are attending, please let us know at so that we can meet informally as a CEC group.

After Rio+20 in June comes the World Conservation Congress in September. In this newsletter, we present the CEC Programme 2013-2016, announce the creation of a new youth award, provide an update on Commission activities, and link to a UN report on food and agriculture to which I contributed.

I am particularly pleased to report that the CEC network now includes more than 1,000 members. Our Membership Liaison Officer, Cecilia Nizzola-Tabja, recently celebrated her 20th anniversary as part of the Commission.

With best regards,
Keith Wheeler, CEC Chair

Keith Wheeler, CEC Chair

In this Newsletter
News from the Commission
imageIntroducing the IUCN CEC Programme 2013-2016
IUCN CEC presents a programme to guide the Commission's work in the next four years. Now available in English, French and Spanish. »

imageAn update on the Commission at Congress
A quick update about elections, awards, workshop and the new CEC mandate and programme. »

imageCongress Forum just a few clicks away
Enhance your experience of the Forum and visit the dedicated web-spaces, which have been specifically designed to give easy access to important information surrounding the event. »

imageMembership of IUCN CEC tops 1,000
Our global network now connects more than 1,000 professionals who volunteer their expertise in learning, knowledge management and strategic communication to support IUCN goals. »

imageMembership Liaison Officer celebrates 20 years with CEC
Cecilia Nizzola-Tabja is at the heart of the IUCN Commission on Education and Communication (CEC). As Membership Liaison Officer, she connects the network she has nurtured over the past 20 years. »

imageCEC Chair co-authors UN report on Food and Agriculture: The Future of Sustainability
Keith Wheeler is co-author of this new report just released by the U.N. Division for Sustainable Development as a strategic input to the "Sustainable Development in the 21st Century Report" to be launched at the Rio+20 Summit. »

imageVacancy: Head, IUCN Science and Knowledge Management
Mobilising knowledge from across IUCN constituencies and integrating it into the IUCN Programme is a key part of this position. »

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imageRio+20 Conference will be held in June
2012 is an important year for the international community and IUCN. The Rio+20 Conference will be held in June and, two months later, the IUCN World Conservation Congress will take place in Jeju. »

imageDaniella Tilbury to present higher education treaty at Rio+20
The treaty seeks to reorient higher education towards sustainable development. Daniella, IUCN CEC Specialty Group Leaders for ESD, is co-organising a UN side event on June 18. »

imageShaping Rio+20 position on environmental education
IUCN CEC member Pam Puntenney reports on the Concept Note 2012 developed for Rio+20 by the UN CSD Education Working Group and related news. »

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Green Economy
imageE-learning on The Green Economy from UNITAR and UNEP
Sign up now for the UNITAR and UNEP E-Learning Course running 14 May to 22 June 2012. »

imageTEDxTalk on Nature's Business
This interview with Eva Zabey covers the use of ecosystem valuation in a business context. »

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Youth and Young Professionals
imageNew Youth Award created by IUCN CEC Chair: Call for Nominations
The award recognizes exemplary engagement in conservation work with a CEC-inspired approach. It offers full support to attend the 2012 World Conservation Congress. Apply by 22 May. »

imageNominate a young messenger to attend Go4BioDiv at CBD COP 11
Before May 15, nominate youth from marine World Heritage Sites or coastal regions in India to attend a youth forum held in parallel to the next Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity. »

imageYouth-related motions submitted to IUCN Resolutions Committee
Motions will be voted on by IUCN Member Organizations and States at the World Conservation Congress in September. »

imageCall for an IUCN-wide intergenerational logo
Design a logo to be used by the IUCN Task Force on Intergenerational Partnership for Sustainability. »

imageFórum Infanto-Juvenil da Terra
ASPEA organizaram IX Fórum Infanto-juvenil em Aveiro nos dias 23 e 24 de Abril, com o lema «mobiliza-te pela Terra». »

imageEconesians student group launches the Honor Fiji Initiative
The project focuses on young people and the importance of traditional environmental knowledge to their identity formation as well as for environmental conservation. »

imageIndonesian students are more aware of turtle's plight
Joko Guntoro reports on a successful campaign by Lembaga SatuCita. The percentage of respondents aware that the Painted Terrapin is critically endangered increased from 57 to 94 percent. »

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Education for Sustainable Development
imageCopernicus Alliance for higher ed and sustainability seeks new members
The new President of this European network is Professor Daniella Tilbury, IUCN CEC Specialty Group Leader for ESD, and CEC member Dr. Ingrid Mulà is the new key contact for membership activities and inquiries. »

imageTwo online programmes offered by The Kerulos Center
Learn about trans-species psychology and its role in promoting and preserving wildlife societies. Submitted by IUCN CEC member Victoria Drake. »

imageAnimals in biodiversity education: Tiere Live workshop in Europe
IUCN CEC members from Austria, Georgia, Germany, Hungary, Romania, Serbia and the United Kindgom participated in a March workshop organized by the Bavarian Academy for Nature Conservation and Landscape Management (ANL) in partnership with IUCN CEC. »

imageHungarian National Parks’ Environmental Educators Meeting
A new Commission member, Richard Novak, was an organiser of the annual event. IUCN CEC Regional Vice Chair for Europe, Katalin Czippán, delivered the keynote address. »

imageConservation storytelling in Sri Lanka
A new children's book offers 10 stories revolving around wildlife and envrionmental issues in Sri Lanka. CEC member Diogo Verissimo wrote the book in partnership with the Sri Lankan NGO Centre for Eco-cultural Studies. »

imageEl cambio climático un desafío que podemos enfrentar
El cambio climático es un fenómeno que ocurre en todo el mundo. Sus efectos son sentidos en el planeta, sus cambios afectan inevitablemente a los productores agrícolas. La presente guía pretende colaborarlos en la elaboración de planes de adaptación que los ayuden a mitigar sus efectos negativos. »

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Multimedia Resources
imageVote for the best video communicating climate change
Which of these three videos delivers the strongest message about climate change science? Vote for your favourite World Resources Institute video today! »

imageAnimated video on climate change adaptation
A new animated video 'Adaptación al Cambio Climático: Gente y Ecosistemas', was recently developed by the IUCN Mesoamerica office. »

imageWebinars: The next wave in professional updating
Andrew Alm is the first CEC member to post an entry in the new IUCN blog. His topic is the webinar, a versatile and cost-effective online communication channel. »

imageNew iPhone App "Painting With Time: Climate Change"
CEC member Gary Braasch shares a link to an innovative and engaging new way to learn about global warming. »

imageBiodiversity Barometer 2012 launched by UEBT
New insights in biodiversity and sustainability awareness around the world are illustrated in the 2012 edition of the Biodiversity Barometer by the Union for Ethical BioTrade. »

imageTalking Climate - a communication resource
Wendy Goldstein, IUCN CEC Deputy Director, recommends this resource to CEC members. »

imageMemorias de los Foros
Desde el RCE Bogotá, dirigido por Olga María Bermúdez miembro de la CEC, venimos adelantando a partir del año 2006 los Foros Ambientales buscando construir una cultura ambiental ciudadana. En el CD se incluye una selección de ponencias presentadas en los Foros. »

imageConoce los secretos de la tierra con el documental "Flysch, el susurro de las rocas"
La Sociedad Geológica de España ha elaborado un interesantísimo documental sobre el biotopo del Flysch de de Zumaia. »

imagePaper on IUCN by Medani Bhandari published in Wiley-Blackwell Encyclopedia of Globalization
The CEC member is pleased to announce publication of his paper. Medani is completing a doctoral dissertation on IUCN program development for biodiversity in India, Pakistan, Nepal, and Bangladesh. »

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Knowledge Management
imageTop global platform on biodiversity and its benefits established
After several years of international negotiations, the final operational design of the Intergovernmental Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES) was agreed upon during the Second Plenary Session to build IPBES held in Panama City, Panama, from 16-21 April 2012. »

imageIUCN Knowledge Products - a review supporting IPBES
This report describes IUCN knowledge products focusing on those which incorporate the spatial distribution of biodiversity information. IUCN CEC Focal Point Rod Abson of the Science and Knowledge Management Unit was among the contributors. »

imageIUCN offers conservation knowledge for global nature platform
The world needs a stronger link between government policy and scientific facts regarding nature and its benefits. IUCN is taking part in the second plenary session of the Intergovernmental Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES), 16-21 April, Panama City, Panama. »

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Other News from CEC Members
imageReducing consumer demand for tigers - A workshop
From IUCN CEC member Pauline Verheij comes a report of the creative experts' meeting on reducing demand for tigers and other endangered species. »

imageCongrès français de la nature - 2012
Rassemblant plus de 50 membres et 250 experts, le Comité français de l’UICN a organisé son 11ème Congrès français de la nature le 12 avril 2012 à Paris, en préparation du prochain congrès mondial de la nature. Les organismes et experts français de l’UICN ont ainsi adopté 14 nouvelles motions. »

imageSuzana Padua celebrates 20 years of IPÊ
Twenty years ago we planted a seed of an ipê tree. We founded a non-profit organization with the mission of contributing to the conservation of Brazil’s biodiversity: IPÊ. »

imagePautas básicas para la redacción de notas informativas
Enmarcada en la segunda área de trabajo del Programa de la CEC para el periodo 2013-2016: Desarrollo de capacidades de la UICN, dicto el Taller “Pautas básicas para la redacción de notas informativas”. »

imagePescadores artesanales de Centroamérica
Pescadores artesanales de Centroamérica, y jóvenes representantes, se reúnen para la discusión de las “Directrices Voluntarias para asegurar la Pesca Sostenible en Pequeña escala” de la FAO. »

imageSEVA and LIFE Network report on livestock breed workshop
CEC member P.Vivekanandan of Tamil Nadu shares this report on the “Community Conservation of Local Livestock Breeds & Breed Saviour Award 2011 Ceremony”. »

imageFinanciamiento de Áreas Protegidas en cinco localidades de Argentina
La Fundación Patagonia Natural organizó un ciclo de capacitaciones precursoras en nuestro país, que pusieron de relieve la importancia de generar mecanismos de financiamiento que hagan sustentable la gestión de las áreas protegidas. »

imageLa découverte du pétrole dans le Graben Albertin
La découverte du pétrole convoité par bien des pétroliers est un danger pour des espèces endémiques de la région. Par membre du CEC Philippe Musumba Teso, République démocratique du Congo. »

imageDesconocimiento y negación del cambio climático real
El desconocimiento y la negación del cambio climático son asuntos muy serios que van acompañados de la actitud de cerrar los ojos frente a la destrucción de las bases de la vida en la Tierra. »

imageLa Gestion Communautaire de l’Exploitation Rationnelle du Varan
La diminution progressive de varan depuis les années de grande sécheresse à nos jours est un indicateur déterminant de la menace qui pèse sur cette espèce de faune aquatique très menacée. »

imageDr Jan Cerovsky is co-author of International Youth Federation historical review
The volume contains personal memoirs of those participating in the work of the IYF, including contributions by IUCN CEC member Dr Jan Čeřovský. It is published by the Alfred Toepfer Academy for Nature Conservation. »

imageNorthern view: Canada's climate claims and obligations
IUCN CEC member Peter Stoett offers this opinion in NewSecurityBeat blog. Reneging on Kyoto, Keystone pipeline drama, pain at the pump, re-aligned Arctic sovereignty, melting outdoor hockey rinks – all these aspects of climate change are being discussed in Canada. »

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imageEnter the IUCN – Thomson Reuters Environmental Media Award
Enter an article by 15 June for an award honouring exceptional environmental journalism. »

imageMelvita Nature Images Awards 2012
Enter your images until 15 September. Jusqu'au 15 Septembre proposez vos images. »

imageWOLFoundation essay contest winners
Abandon nature all ye who enter here. These are the opening words of the winning essay in the Web of Life Foundation Annual Essay Competition launched by IUCN CEC member Dr. Joe Zammit-Lucia. »

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Events and Invitations
imageLa Fête de la Nature lance un grand défi : installer 10 000 nichoirs en France
L’édition 2012 se tiendra du 9 au 13 mai et aura pour thématique Drôles d’oiseaux! »

imageGlobal Action Networks MOPAN meeting in July
The Annual Conference on Multi-Organisational Partnerships, Alliances and Networks (MOPAN) is sponsoring a Track on Global Action Networks (GANs) as part of its meeting in July in The Netherlands. »

imageKoedoe special issue call for papers: Tourism and protected areas
While Koedoe tends to focus on conservation in Africa, this special issue has a global reach and authors are invited to submit papers by 1 August 2012 for publication prior to the World Conservation Congress. »

imageThe Sub-Global Assessment Network
Do you need help using ecosystem assessments? Join CEC member Omar Mohammed and Claire Brown in a May 2012 launch of a pilot "regional hub" for a community of practitioners. »

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