IUCN Councillor Report

Secretariat Changes

Three areas of emphasis
o Efficiency
o Re-thinking finances
o Tightening coherence across departments

Structural Changes
o Shift from zero Deputy Director Generals to five, with oversight responsibilities in the following areas: Finance, Regions, Corporate Services, Programme. Biodiversity Conservation.
Strengthening engagement with Members
o No longer solely responsibility of the Membership Unit but is shared across all five divisions and each department

Management Response to External Review of IUCN Governance
• Comprehensive Review of governance practice and processes carried out every four years by independent consultant at mid-point of each Council’s term
• 50 Recommendations under the “People” section alone

A few of these include:
o Professionalize risk thinking and building capabilities at Bureau and Council o Establish process focusing on strategic outlook taking the next 20 years into consideration, leading to new strategy for the Union, tied to the financial strategy
o Strengthen accountability of Commission performance, including systematic reviews
o Strengthen independence of Head of Oversight to dual reporting to Head of Finance and Audit Committee and to the Director General

2018 Annual General Meeting and Forum

The 2018 CCIUCN Annual General Meeting and Forum was held January 18, 2018 in Ottawa. The proceedings were recorded and may be viewed below.

AGM Business Meeting

Agenda items in this video include:

Welcome and report from the Chair: activities of the past year by Nadine Crookes (on behalf of Meg Beckel)

Report from the Treasurer and Membership Committee by Brian Roberts

Report from the Youth Representatives by Shailyn Drukis

Report from the Communications Committee by Risa Smith

Report from the Nominations Chair: Election of Board of Directors by Nadine Crookes

Report from IUCN: Recent and Upcoming Highlights by Frank Hawkins, IUCN North America Office


The IUCN Green List of Protected and Conserved Areas, and
A Global Standard for the Identification of Key Biodiversity Areas: Opportunities for Canada.

Presented by Stephen Woodley, Vice Chair for Science and Biodiversity, WCPA

#NatureForAll : Canadian Committee for IUCN Update

Presented by Karen Keenleyside, Parks Canada

Parks for All: An Action Plan for Canada’s Parks Community

presented by Dawn Carr and Murray Kopp, Parks for All Co-chairs

Pathway to Canada Target 1

Topics in this video include:

Introduction and overview / National Steering Committee
presented by Nadine Crookes and Scott Jones

Indigenous Circle of Experts perspectives
presented by Eli Enns.
During the meeting Eli presented a draft video which is unavailable to post at this time. However, that summary video draws upon the following public videos that we invite you to view:
https://youtu.be/zvw5djVRjE0 – Western Regional Gathering
https://youtu.be/R3lO_xSRJK0 – Eastern Regional Gathering
https://youtu.be/_Ci-RF5k-Fs – Northern Regional Gathering
https://youtu.be/PyG0BI7wzC8 – Central Regional Gathering

National Advisory Panel perspectives
presented by Cliff Supernault and Janet Sumner


Privately Protected Areas in Canada: Linking to the Pathway to Target 1

presented by Michael Bradstreet, Nature Conservancy of Canada

Indigenous Protected and Conserved Areas: Looking Ahead, part 1:
Cree Regional Conservation Strategy: Example of Planning Indigenous Protected and Conserved Areas (IPCAs)

presented by Chantal Otter Tétreault, Cree Nation Government and
Christie Macdonald, Nature Conservancy of Canada

Indigenous Protected and Conserved Areas: Looking Ahead, part 2

presented by Steven Nitah, ICE Member and Negotiator for Lutsel K’e Dene First Nations

Due to technical difficulties Steven Nitah’s slides do not display during this video. However, you may still listen to Steven and a pdf file of his slides is available here.

Urban Landscapes and Green Spaces

Topics in this video include:

Park People presented by Dave Harvey, Park People

Connecting People to Nature in an Urbanized Landscape presented by Eva Katic, National Capital Commission and Nick Stow, City of Ottawa


IUCN DG Visits Ottawa

Rick Bates reports on Inger Anderson’s visit to Canada last fall and the state of framework funding from Canada.

Restoring Framework Funding from Canada to IUCN

by Rick Bates, IUCN Regional Councillor for North America and the Caribbean

IUCN Director General Inger Anderson met with several government officials in Ottawa September 25-27, 2017 as part of her work to restore framework funding from Canada to the IUCN.

Inger, along with IUCN Regional Director Rick Bates, Director of the U.S. IUCN office Frank Hawkins, and IUCN Director of Strategic Partnerships Lucy Deram-Rollason met with, and listened to, several federal government department staff. The primary topic was how to best align interests of IUCN and Canada for a potential future proposal to Global Affairs for Canadian financial support for IUCN. Inger also described IUCN’s role in international development and its current and future priorities. The group also worked to strengthen relations with a number of government agencies and non-governmental organizations.

There was good progress in improving understanding of ICUN’s priorities, in exploring areas of alignment, and strengthening relations with departments. However, Global Affairs has yet to be convinced that IUCN fits into the appropriate administrative category to be considered for framework funding. Follow-up work on this file will continue over time.

Inger met with Minister of Environment and Climate Change Catherine McKenna, as well as staff from:

  • Environment and Climate Change Canada
  • Parks Canada, Canada’s state agency for IUCN,
  • the Prime Minister’s Office;
  • Global Affairs,
  • Fisheries and Oceans Canada, and
  • Natural Resources Canada.

A separate meeting was held with the CC-IUCN Board of Directors, as well as some new and prospective IUCN members.

Canada last provided framework funding to IUCN in 2008.