Strategic Plan

Strategic Planning 2000-2004

ELP Strategic Plan

Versión en Español

During the course of 2001 the Environmental Law Programme (ELP) embarked upon a process of strategic planning that involved the IUCN Headquarters, the Environmental Law Centre (ELC), Regional and Country Office staff and the Commission on Environmental Law (CEL).

This draft plan was discussed by the CEL Steering Committee and ELC staff at the Steering Committee meeting held in Bonn in from 23-26 January 2002.

A most constructive discussion at the Steering Committee meeting resulted in a revised draft Strategic Plan for 2002-2003 being agreed upon. This revised draft was jointly released by the Head of the ELP and the Chair of CEL for broad consultation amongst CEL members, other IUCN Commissions and relevant IUCN staff from Gland, regional and country offices. Comments on the draft were invited between February and 30 June 2002. The CEL Regional Vice Chairs for Meso America and South America worked with the ELC to translate the draft plan into Spanish for which we are most grateful.

The draft Strategic Plan was adopted by the CEL Steering Committee and the Head of the ELP at the CEL Steering Committee meeting held in Pietermaritzburg, South Africa on 21 August 2002.

The process of developing a strategic plan for the ELP does not occur in isolation and it is important to consider the broader context within which this planning process is taking place.

The IUCN Programme

The ELP Strategic Plan was developed in the context of the IUCN Programme adopted by the World Conservation Congress (WCC) in Amman in October 2000 and the 2002 Annual Workplan approved by the IUCN Council in October 2001. The programme adopted at Amman was published in May 2001 under the title 'Stepping Into The New Millennium'.

The WCC in Amman also adopted 68 Resolutions and 30 Recommendations and determined a mandate for each IUCN Commission, including CEL. The IUCN Council Programme and Policy Committee has since ranked the Highest Priority Resolutions from Amman.

The IUCN Programme identifies trends and issues, responses to these trends and issues, the IUCN vision, mission and conservation goals, its contribution to conservation and the IUCN strategy to addressing global conservation issues. The trends and issues identified in the IUCN Programme include biodiversity loss, water, climate change and biotechnology.

The IUCN's core business is described as "generating, integrating, managing and disseminating knowledge for conservation." IUCN seeks to use this knowledge to "build capacity, responsibility and willingness of people and institutions to plan, manage conserve and use nature and natural resources in a sustainable manner", following which "the most important steps can be taken", namely the "systematic improvement of laws, policies and institutions for the conservation and sustainable and equitable use of nature and natural resources." The IUCN Programme also highlights the need for "effective management, information, finance, human resources and communications systems" to provide the foundations to deliver on its core business.

The IUCN Programme identifies seven key result areas (KRAs) that form "the basis for integration of the Programme; and for building teams comprising both Commissions and programme units within the Secretariat, at national, regional and global levels".

They are:

KRA 1: Effective management and restoration of ecosystems

KRA 2: Institutions, agreements, processes and policies

KRA 3: Incentives, including finance for conservation of biodiversity and sustainable use of natural resources

KRA 4: Equitable sharing of the costs and benefits

KRA 5: Assessment of biodiversity and of related social and economic factor

KRA 6: Information management and communications systems

KRA 7: Effective, efficient, and accountable management and leadership of the Union

The IUCN Programme and the ELP

The KRAs include 59 results that are to be achieved before the next WCC. The seven KRAs and the 59 result areas of the IUCN Programme include a key role for the ELP in relation to biodiversity, soil, water and wetlands, biosafety, access and benefit sharing, invasive species, protected areas (including World Heritage Areas), forests, trade in wildlife, EIA, information management (including ECOLEX), capacity building, regionalisation, synergies between conventions, working with Commissions and core operational improvement.

Consistent with the governance arrangements of the Union the ELP Strategic Plan was developed in a manner that further integrated the ELP into the IUCN Programme.

Principal author: John Scanlon. Last updated: 14 December 2004



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