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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.
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.
This group focuses on regional ecosystem-based management for coastal catchments and territorial seas.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The Island Ecosystem Specialist Group provides specialist expertise on terrestrial and marine island ecosystems.
The Mountain Ecosystems Specialist Group serves as the technical focal point for IUCN on mountain 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.
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.
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.
The thematic group on Biosphere Reserves is one of the newest groups of the CEM. It aims to better connect the work of the Commission regarding issues such as ecosystem-based assessment, ecosystem governance, and resilience to activities within biosphere reserves, and to enhance collaborations between UNESCO and IUCN. Biosphere Reserves are excellent locations to examine how to implement the SDGs, Aichi Targets and other agreements on the ground.
The group embraces the transformation of business values, highlighting the opportunities and benefits of a more sustainable approach. The Thematic Group will focus on the question ‘how to create long-term business commitment on the ground for ecosystem management’.
Provides expert knowledge and guidance on the values and roles of culture and cultural practices to support biodiversity conservation, ecosystem services, and ecosystem management.
Eco-DRR is the sustainable management, conservation and restoration of ecosystems to reduce disaster risk, to achieve sustainable and resilient development.
The Ecosystem-based Adaptation and Mitigation Thematic Group of IUCN’s Commission on Ecosystem Management (CEM), will promote the science and practice of Ecosystem-based Adaptation.
Ecosystem governance is an approach that merges different disciplines to explore ways that human can protect the environment and sustainably maintain activities.
Incorporating Indigenous and Spiritual and Cultural Connections and Perspectives
Ecosystem Restoration is the “process of assisting the recovery of an ecosystem that has been degraded, damaged or destroyed”.
The overall objective of this Thematic Group is to improve the knowledge base on ecosystem services and their values and stimulate the integration of this knowledge in planning and decision making for sustainable ecosystem management.
A key tool that allows for tackling, globally and nationally, different aspects of the public policies and easing the achievement of international goals regarding conservation.
This Thematic Group tries to clarify the concept of resilience concerning simple and complex systems in operational terms and to demonstrate the value of tools for resilience-based natural resource stewardship, disaster risk reduction and ecosystem-based adaptation.
The mission of the Thematic Group on Sustainable Use and Management of Ecosystems (TG-SUME) is to explore how sustainable use can serve as a tool to manage, and where needed restore ecosystems; to share that knowledge with ecosystem managers and policymakers.