WCC 2016 Res 085 - Activity Report

General Information
IUCN Constituent: 
IUCN Commission on Ecosystems Management 2017-2020
Period covered: 
2018
Geographic scope: 
Global
South and East Asia
Country/Territory: 
Bangladesh
Bhutan
India
Maldives
Nepal
Sri Lanka
In implementing this Resolution your organization has worked/consulted with...
IUCN Commissions: 
IUCN Commission on Ecosystems Management 2017-2020 (CEM)
IUCN Secretariat: 
No
Implementation
Indicate and briefly describe any actions that have been carried out to implement this Resolution: 
ActionDescriptionStatus
Education/Communication/Raising awarenessCommission on Ecosystem Management in South Asia (CEMSA) manages an online knowledge sharing platform ‘Harnessing Nature’ to promote nature-based solutions. It is aimed at (i) sharing knowledge sourced from CEM members to the world. (ii) Strengthening voices of South Asia for advocacy at the global level. Harnessing Nature also publishes an annual magazine, original blog pieces and reports authored and edited by members of CEM South Asia. On-going
Please report on the result /achievement of the actions taken: 
On World Environment Day 2018, IUCN CEM in South Asia launched an online platform, its official blog, 'Harnessing Nature'. Along with blogs and reports, the website shares with public, latest activities and upcoming events by CEM members in South Asia. Harnessing Nature focuses on topographic regions and ecosystems in Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Nepal, Maldives and Sri Lanka. So far 17 blog posts, 2 reports and 1 podcast are published crosscutting themes of nature-based solutions, disaster risk reduction, ecosystem-based management, natural & green infrastructure, and ecosystem restoration. Entries are edited by a team of international experts, presently representing 4 countries - Bangladesh, Bhutan, India and Nepal. Furthermore, Harnessing Nature publishes an annual e-newsletter (Harnessing Nature Magazine) which is a visually enhanced compendium of articles submitted to the website. This e-newsletter is available online free of cost and is distributed widely through social networking platforms in co-ordination with the Commission Support Unit at IUCN H+, Gland. The current readership of Harnessing Nature stands from a bit over 30 countries across the globe.
What challenges have you encountered in implementing this Resolution and what measures have you taken to overcome them?: 
This project was not funded. To resolve, open source web-based tools and creative commons were accessed as resources necessary for operation. Voluntary contributions from commission members has been the key strength.
Identify and briefly describe what future actions are planned for the implementation of this Resolution: 
Future ActionDescription
Policy influencing/advocacyHarnessing Nature will continue to share knowledge and good practices of nature-based solutions with the world. Special editions of Harnessing Nature Magazine will target specific policy challenges in nature conservation and ecosystem management. The Harnessing Nature Magazine (presently an e-newsletter) is under consideration for being published and distributed from IUCN Headquarters (Gland).
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