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Founded in 1948 as the world’s first global environmental organization, the International Union for the Conservation of Nature  (IUCN) is a membership organization made up of more than 1,000 organizations and 10,000 individual scientists and experts, grouped into six Commissions.

SER has been a member of the IUCN since 1988 and an active participant in various IUCN commissions and initiatives throughout the years.

IUCN World Commission on Protected Areas (heading)

The World Commission on Protected Areas (WCPA) is the world’s premier network of protected area expertise. It is administered by IUCN’s Programme on Protected Areas and has over 1,400 members, spanning 140 countries. WCPA works by helping governments and others plan protected areas and integrate them into all sectors; by providing strategic advice to policy makers; by strengthening capacity and investment in protected areas; and by convening the diverse constituency of protected area stakeholders to address challenging issues.

IUCN WCPA Best Practice Guideline on Ecological Restoration for Protected Areas

Restoration in and around protected areas is a key priority of the IUCN and the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) Programme of Work on Protected Areas (PoWPA). This publication is aimed principally at protected area managers at both system and site level. It provides guidance on how to deal with diverse challenges associated with restoring ecological, cultural and other important values of protected areas.

Click here to access this document. Available in English, French and Spanish.

IUCN Commission on Ecosystem Management (heading)

The Commission on Ecosystem Management (CEM) is one of IUCN’s six scientific Commissions. CEM is a network of volunteer experts from around the world working on ecosystem management related issues. The Commission works closely with other IUCN Commissions, regional offices and global thematic programmes. CEM has identified 19 themes as programmatic priority for 2009 – 2012 in its inter-sessional plan. Each theme has a group of experts working on issues related to the theme and has a Thematic Group Leader facilitating the group’s composition and functioning. SER is directly involved in the work of the Ecosystems Red List, Ecosystem Approach, Ecosystem Services and Ecosystem Restoration Thematic Groups.

Business Consortium on Ecosystem Restoration

This proposal explains the need for a new brokering and investment mechanism that can scale-up ecosystem restoration projects worldwide, so that future generations can assume this important mission even more effectively. The aim of the consortium is to bring businesses and relevant stakeholders together to design and implement practical solutions. This consortium will connect businesses, investors, research institutions, business schools and agricultural field projects, civil society organizations and local communities. The first step is to start with existing ecosystem restoration projects and programmes with proven success to explore how they can be scaled-up; and at the same time to use these projects and programmes for outreach and teaching purposes so that the experiences and lessons learned can be disseminated more effectively.

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Ecological Restoration: A Means of Conserving Biodiversity and Sustaining Livelihoods

This paper was produced by a joint working group of SER and the IUCN CEM.  The primary motivation for this paper has been to establish a joint rationale for both organizations as to why ecological restoration is a critical tool for biodiversity conservation and sustainable development.  Much of this document was derived from the SER Primer on Ecological Restoration (SER 2002 and 2004). The paper was also been written to further the Principles of the Ecosystem Approach as endorsed by the Convention on Biological Diversity.

Global Partnership on Forest and Landscape Restoration (heading)

The Global Partnership on Forest and Landscape Restoration is a proactive network that unites governments, organisations, communities and individuals with a common goal. The partnership was initiated with the purpose of catalyzing and reinforcing a network of diverse examples of restoration of forests and degraded lands that deliver benefits to local communities and to nature, and fulfil international commitments on forests.  We believe that ideas transform landscapes. Through active engagement, collaboration and the sharing of ideas and information we promote an integrated approach that seeks to ensure that forests, trees and the functions that they provide are effectively restored, conserved and employed to help secure sustainable livelihoods and ecological integrity for the future.

SER Policy Position Statement at the IUCN World Conservation Congress –
October 2008, Barcelona, Spain (heading)

Whether it is through the creation of buffer zones, wildlife corridors/habitat, and stepping stone islands of biodiversity, the innovative approaches within a bioregional planning framework, and/or the formulation of grand continental scale management strategies, reversing ecosystem fragmentation and reinstating connectivity are fundamentally about transforming our approach to land management from one of maximizing short-term resource use to one of optimizing long-term resilience and health while providing socio-economic and cultural survival benefits.