Coming Activities and Meetings
Read about our 5th meeting, in Croatia
SUME Origins and Membership
The thematic group on Sustainable Use and Management of Ecosystems (SUME) was created by IUCN's Commission on Ecosystem Management in 2014. SUME activities are planned by a Steering Group of Continental Coordinators, supported by a network of Country Coordinators.
Steering Group Members are:
Dr Adrian Lombard (Africa, Chair)
Dr Keiya Nakajima (SE Asia, Co-chair)
Prof Eduardo Arraut (S America)
Maya Basdeo (N America)
Dr Scott Brainerd (Europe)
Dr Dan Cecchini (N America)
Dr Tetiana Gardashuk (Europe)
Dr Brendan Moyle (Oceania)
Dr Marina Rosales (S America)
Prof Robert Kenward
Members of SUME had their first meeting in Vienna in June 2015. At the time of its second meeting, in September 2016 at the 6th World Conservation Congress of IUCN in Honolulu, SUME had 62 members across 37 countries. In May 2017 there were 380 in 90 countries, in May 2019 membership was 534 and by autumn 2021 more than 850. To complete the global remit for our work, enquiries are especially welcome from those who would like to become Country Coordinators from Africa, Oceania, the Americas and SouthEast Asia.
We cooperate for our internet activities with the European Sustainable Use Group, which supports IUCN’s specialist group for Sustainable Use and Livelihoods too. Development of the portals also depends on the Convention on Conservation of Migratory Species, International Association for Falconry and Conservation of Birds of Prey, Anatrack Ltd and the Game and Wildlife Conservation Trust in the UK.