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IUCN / CEC Newsletter January 2013 Issue 52

Dear CEC members,

The Commission's new Steering Committee will meet this week at IUCN Headquarters in Gland, Switzerland. We will be reflecting on the accomplishments of the past year. Highlights of 2012 are presented in the IUCN CEC Annual Report 2012, which is the centrepiece of the January newsletter.

In other news stories, read about my recent trip to China to meet with the new IUCN President, fond memories of past CEC Chair Mr. Partha Sarathy, and an assessment of education components in conservation grants in Africa. With regret, I also note that the post of CEC Focal Point held by Rod Abson has been dissolved as part of larger IUCN measures, and I would like to express appreciation to Rod for his many contributions as part of the CEC team.

Throughout 2013, I look forward to hearing from CEC members in all parts of the world and, in this regard, welcome you to submit a news story by 15 February for the next newsletter.

With best wishes for the new year,
Juliane Zeidler, CEC Chair

P.S.: If you would like to learn a bit more about me and my work, you can still find my profile that was prepared for the elections here >>


Juliane Zeidler, CEC CHAIR
Juliane Zeidler, CEC Chair

In this Newsletter
Commission News
imageIUCN CEC Annual Report 2012
Highlights from a busy year are presented here, including CEC contributions to the IUCN World Conservation Congress, Rio+20 conference and CBD COP 11. Top stories include the election of a new Chair for the next IUCN quadrennial and the launch of the campaign 'How to Tell a Love Story' (about nature). »


image Remembering Mr. M. A. Partha Sarathy, former IUCN CEC Chair
Former Chair of the IUCN Commission on Education and Communication, Mr. M. A. Partha Sarathy (Partha), passed away peacefully on 5 January 2013 at the age of 89. Frits Hesselink, Wendy Goldstein and Dr. Jan Cerovsky share their memories. »


image CEC Chair and Special Advisor visit IUCN President in Beijing
Dr Juliane Zeidler and Frits Hesselink met with Dr Zhang Xinsheng, the new IUCN President to extend the IUCN CEC network into China. »


image Reflections of Rod Abson as CEC Focal Point
After two and a half years working with IUCN as Knowledge Management Officer and Focal Point for the IUCN Commission on Education and Communication (CEC), today is my last day at IUCN and I would like to take this opportunity to reflect back on some of the highlights of working with the Commission. »


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Education for Sustainable Development
imageEducation quality in African nature conservation programmes analysed
Many project proposals submitted to the various grants programmes of IUCN National Committee of the Netherlands contained an education component. A first analysis of 21 project proposals and their activities from West (and sometimes Central or East) Africa shed light on some general characteristics and challenges. »


imageIntroducing Viridis Graduate Institute
CEC member Lori Pye invites you to learn more about this international school of ecopsychology. »


imageAfrican conferences announced - ICESR and ICASE
The African Society for the Scientific Research is hosting two events in July in Nigeria, notably The International Conference on Environmental Studies and Research. »


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Strategic Communication
imageNew post on IUCN Blog explores Love Not Loss messages
Rod Abson and Justine Braby discuss biodiverity communication on this IUCN Blog post. Leave your comments! »


image'Love. Not Loss.' video now in Japanese
This popular video on how to communicate about biodiversity is now available in Japanese. CEC member Makiko Imai announces the new translation by Green TV Japan. »


imageFinding nature love stories in the news
CEC members share news that reminds them of the CEC campaign about the power of positive messages that tell love stories about nature. »


image Play Pass the Can and raise funds for an IUCN CEC recycling game
Use your social network to make a big impact on real-world recycling. Alcoa will donate $1 for each can ‘recycled’ online to the IUCN Commission on Education and Communication and other eco-charities. »


image 2013 Calendar from Environment Africa
CEC member Veronica Chapman shares the new calendar from Environment Africa, an organization that works in Zimbabwe and Southern Africa to protect and manage natural resources and to promote sustainable development. »


image Announcing National Green Week 2013
Free ready-made lesson plans are available for National Green Week, a K-12 sustainability education campaign in the United States. Pick a theme and sign up by February 1. »


image World Wide Views on Biodiversity - A Documentary
Policy makers need to know the views of ordinary people. This lively video reports on a global event in September that proves biodiversity is a priority of citziens all over the world. From CEC member Bjørn Bedsted, coordinator of WWViews. »


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Major Events
imageTake the Youth and Intergenerational Journey at Congress
View videos and photos and read highlighted achievements and aspirations in this report from the IUCN Task Force on Intergenerational Partnership for Sustainability. »


imageConserving Natural Carbon Sinks: News from COP 11
CEC member Biba Jasmine reports on a side event at COP 11 about 'Conserving the High Altitude Wetlands of the Hindu Kush Himalayas'. »


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Other News from CEC Members
imagePassing of Angela Cropper, a leading environmental figure
CEC member Omar Mohammed of The Cropper Foundation shares this announcement on the death of Angela Cropper. »


imageÁrea Marina Protegida: "Banco Namuncurá - Burdwood"
La Cámara de Diputados de la Nación aprobó la creación del Área Marina Protegida de 34.000 km. Es la primera área marina protegida fuera de la costa, dentro de la zona económica exclusiva Argentina, y su aprobación permitirá elevar la protección del Mar Argentino a más de un 4%. »


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Award and Contests
imageCEC member judge at International Green Awards
CEC Member Chris Mahon (right) was a judge in this prestigous global sustainability platform. »


imageWanted: Stories about conservation projects by youth aged 13-16 for Volvo Award showcase
For the last 12 years young people have been entering the Volvo Adventure, a youth award run in partnership with UNEP, supported by UNESCO and endorsed by the World Organisation Scout Movement. »


imageStudents Discover Biodiversity in National Children's Science-Art Contest
With the theme "The World's A Place of Living Things," the 17th annual art contest of the Institute for Global Environmental Strategies (IGES) invited students to share their impressions of biodiversity. »


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