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WCC 2012 Res 126 - Activity Report

General Information
IUCN Constituent: 
IUCN Constituent type: 
IUCN Secretariat
Period covered: 
Geographic scope: 
In implementing this Resolution your organization has worked/consulted with...
IUCN Members: 
Conservation International ( CI ) / United States of America
Jeju Special Self-Governing Province ( JSSGP ) / Korea (RK)
Natural Resources Defense Council ( NRDC ) / United States of America
The Nature Conservancy ( TNC ) / United States of America
Wildlife Conservation Society ( WCS ) / United States of America
IUCN Commissions: 
IUCN Commission on Ecosystems Management 2013-2016 (CEM)
IUCN Commission on Environmental, Economic, and Social Policy 2013-2016 (CEESP)
IUCN Species Survival Commission 2013-2016 (SSC)
IUCN World Commission on Protected Areas 2013-2016 (WCPA)
IUCN Secretariat: 
Other non-IUCN related organisations: 
Ecocity Builders, UCLG, Stockholm Resilience Centre, WWF Sweden, Institute for Advanced Sustsinability Studies Potsdam
Indicate and briefly describe any actions that have been carried out to implement this Resolution: 
Convene stakeholders/NetworkingTo help to shape the vision, strategy and successful implementation of the World Environmental Hubs initiative a Working Group of experts has been established and a Steering Committee of representatives of subnational governments will be brought together.
Scientific/technical activities
Scientific/technical activities- IUCN has developed a WEHs brochure – to present the project to potential partners and to be shared with the members of the Working Group and Steering Committee and assessed related initiatives for sustainable urban development ...
Please report on the result /achievement of the actions taken: 
The minutes of the 1st meeting of the Working Group have been shared with all members and a summary of key recommendations has been developed that serves as a basis for the next steps in developing the WEH system and the following principles for successful implementation have been defined:

• Nature-based solutions are the focus of this project in order to stay close to IUCNs expertise and mandate to act, and to strengthen the implementation of IUCNs global programme
• Scientific credibility
• No duplication of efforts, but building on existing successful initiatives
• Raising awareness for the value of nature – strengthening the evidence base of social and economic benefits of nature
• Contribute to the protection, restoration and enhancement of biodiversity and ecosystems
• A platform for connecting organisations and networks, sharing of knowledge and best practices and for joint action
• A system that works for all subnational governments, independent of size or location
What challenges have you encountered in implementing this Resolution and what measures have you taken to overcome them?: 
There is a disconnect between the strict focus on a certification system envisioned by the Jeju Government and the Working Groups’ preference for a system that focuses on a process or standard to recognize achievements. To overcome this we will follow the lessons learned from the Green List.
Identify and briefly describe what future actions are planned for the implementation of this Resolution: 
Future ActionDescription
Convene stakeholders/Networking- Conference call with members of the WEH Working Group to follow-up on the process of certification, evaluation and development of indicators - Establishment of the Steering Committee and invitation to be sent to candidates for 1st meeting in Paris in December, once date is agreed
Scientific/technical activities- Clarify the definition of certification and what the requirements are in comparison to other less stringent approaches (e.g. principles or standards) – above all we need to limit the costs of compliance to make WEH an attractive initiative for our target audience: subnational governments ...
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