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    • Agro-ecosystems
      The Agro-ecosystems Specialist Group promotes sustainable agricultural practices and agrobiodiversity management under changing climatic conditions and encourages ecosystem-based approaches and resource conservation technologies for transforming agriculture as a sustainable enterprise.
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    • Arctic
      The Arctic is a polar region located at the northernmost part of Earth. The Arctic consists of the Arctic Ocean, adjacent seas, and parts of Alaska, Canada, Finland, Greenland, Iceland, Norway, Russia and Sweden. Land within the Arctic region has seasonally varying snow and ice cover, with predominantly treeless permafrost (permanently frozen underground ice)-containing tundra. Arctic seas contain seasonal sea ice in many places.
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    • Coastal and Marine
      This group focuses on regional ecosystem-based management for coastal catchments and territorial seas.
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    • Deep sea mining
      The overall goal of the CEM Specialist Group is to provide a basis for managing the effects of human use to ensure the continued flow of ecosystem products and services.
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    • Desert and Oasis
      Oases are unique ecosystems, rich in biotic components (fauna, flora and micro-organisms) favoured for a long time by rigorous management of natural resources and space and supported by ancestral knowledge ingenious and efficient.
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    • Dryland Ecosystems
      The Dryland Ecosystems Specialist Group has been working over the last five years closely with and in support of the Global Dryland Initiative, part of the IUCN Global Ecosystem Management Programme.
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    • Forests
      The forest ecosystems specialist group aim to improve the knowledge base and highlight the role of forests as an essential element in all SDGs by exploring sustainable landscape as a crosscutting SDG, in which forests are a key component.
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    • Holarctic Steppes
      The main goal of HS SG is to improve management and conservation of steppe ecosystems and to harmonize this with the needs of the human society.
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    • Island Ecosystems
      The Island Ecosystem Specialist Group provides specialist expertise on terrestrial and marine island ecosystems.
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    • Mediterranean-Type Ecosystems
      The objective of the Mediterranean-Type Ecosystem Specialist Group (MTEG) is to tap into its members’ collective experience in managing field station reserves and protected areas in Mediterranean-climate regions.
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    • Mountain Ecosystems
      The Mountain Ecosystems Specialist Group serves as the technical focal point for IUCN on mountain ecosystems.
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    • Peatland Ecosystems
      The IUCN CEM Peatland Specialist Group’s work aims to bring together an international network of experts to share good practice, build consensus on science and encourage national strategies for action to deliver peatland conservation and restoration.
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    • Urban Ecosystems
      The overarching objective of the specialist group of the urban ecosystem is to promote the adoption of and provide guidance for, ecosystem approaches for the planning and management of urban ecosystems to enhance the ecosystem services provided by urban ecosystems, and thereby human well-being.
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    • Wetland Ecosystems
      The overall mission of the Wetland Ecosystems Specialist Group is to develop a global network of experts dedicated to promoting the preservation and restoration of wetlands and sustainable use of their resources by maintaining their ecosystem services, enhancing their biodiversity, ecological processes, resilience, livelihoods and water, food and health security for local communities.
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