Honolulu, HI (September 9, 2016) – Conservation International (CI) is pleased to announce that Kristen Walker Painemilla has been elected as Chair for the Commission on Environmental, Economic and Social Policy (CEESP) for the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN). Walker is managing director, senior vice president of CI's Policy Center for Environment and Peace, and was formerly chair of CEESP's Specialist Group on Indigenous Peoples, Customary & Environmental Laws and Human Rights.
In her new role, Walker Painemilla will be responsible for ensuring that the mandate and objectives of CEESP are being addressed and met over time, both in terms of the IUCN Secretariat and across the broader IUCN membership. Walker Painemilla will work to ensure that the rights of indigenous peoples and local communities are recognized and respected in the context of all of IUCN's work, while promoting a philosophy of open dialogue, transparency, collaboration and common agenda to improve conservation efforts. She aims to help CEESP continue to broadly engage in the IUCN program and help to develop a monitoring and evaluation program to demonstrate the benefits of conservation on human well-being.
"I am very pleased to be the new Chair of the Commission on Environment, Economics and Social Policy," said Walker Painemilla. "I look forward to this 4 year term to work with CEESP members, the IUCN Secretariat and members to implement the IUCN Programme ensuring that the issues of effective and equitable governance are at the heart of our efforts."
For 20 years, her work with indigenous peoples and local communities, governments, civil society, and the private sector has focused on the intersection of conservation and human rights. At Conservation International, she created CI's Indigenous & Traditional Peoples Program to consolidate and strengthen CI's commitments to indigenous and traditional peoples by working directly with CI programs and partners, local leaders, communities, and other critical players to build a common agenda for the conservation of biological and cultural diversity.
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