Trends, Priorities and Actions in Ecosystem Management: Key conclusions from CEM’s Journeys

IUCN’s Commission and Programme on Ecosystem Management (CEM/EMP) have collaborated in organizing six journeys, which reflect priorities for the 2013-16 IUCN inter-sessional programme: Ecosystem Assessments, Ecosystem based Adaptation, Disaster Risk Reduction and Ecosystem Services Resilience, Drylands, and Islands. For each journey a CEM sponsored a cornerstone workshop which introduces broad concepts related to the priority. Other events associated with each journey, including Workshops, Knowledge Cafe discussions, Posters, Conservation Campus courses and Pavilion events augment and expand on the CEM sponsored sessions. The following are the 6 CEM-EMP journeys:
1. Disaster Risk Reduction: Assessing the importance of ecosystems in disaster risk reduction for both the environmental and Disaster Risk Reduction communities
2. Red List of Ecosystems: Presenting and discussing progress to date on the IUCN Red List of Ecosystems since the Barcelona Congress, as one of the key knowledge products of the Union
3. Ecosystem-Based Adaptation: Exploring Ecosystem-based Adaptation to better understand the importance of ecosystem based adaptation options as a key strategy for climate change adaptation)
4. Resilience: Sustaining Resilience in Ecosystem Services to better understand and respect the importance of resilience in all aspects of ecosystem management); and
5. Drylands: Demonstrating the importance of dryland biodiversity to dryland livelihoods and land use management
6. Islands: Presenting the particular challenges and opportunities that islands (and in particular Small Island States) face.

In the CEM-EMP Wrap-Up workshop, key results and recommendations from the cornerstone workshops and other events in each journey will be reported. Presentations and subsequent discussions will be framed by four broad attributes that are common to all of the journeys: Change, Risk, Stewardship and Resilience. This will provide a structure to assess priorities, identify means and explore approaches to deal with ecosystem issues in the context of diverse social-ecological systems across different geographic areas.

The results of this workshop will provide a basis for informing and guiding programme development and implementation, as well as broader institutional policy on ecosystem management.

Workshop Agenda

14h30 Welcome and Opening - Piet Wit, Chair IUCN Commission on Ecosystem Management & Edmund Barrow, Head, IUCN Ecosystem Management Programme

14h40 Journey Findings –
Exploring Ecosystem-based Adaptation - Angela Andrade, Deputy Chair, Commission on Ecosystem Management

The Role Ecosystems Play in Disaster Risk Reduction - Karen Sudmeier, Chair, IUCN Commission on Ecosystem Management, DRR Thematic Group

From Assessments to Red Listing of Ecosystems - Edmund Barrow, Head, IUCN Ecosystem Management Programme

Sustaining Resilience in Ecosystem Services - Steve Edwards, Regional Chair, North America and Caribbean

Dryland Ecosystems - Jonathan Davies, Coordinator IUCN Global Drylands Initiative
Island Ecosystems -Kate Brown, Coordinator Global Islands Partnership

15h10 Resilience - A quick primer Mike Jones, Stockholm Resilience Centre

15h15 Round table discussions: Identifying priority actions:
– To address Change
– In response to Risk
– To promote Local Stewardship
– To foster Resilience Four working groups

15h45 Quick reports & discussion -Identifying Priority actions, modalities - Working group rapporteur (Edmund Barrow moderating)

16h10 Summary of key conclusions - Steve Edwards

16h20 Next Steps - Piet Wit and Edmund Barrow

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