I was invited by CEM-members Steven de Bie and Frank Vorhies to make a keynote speech at a workshop in The Hague on the VCA initiative. VCA stands for Verified Conservation Areas http://v-c-a.org/. It is a bottom-up approach for land-and water area owners that may get an official recognition for their work in case they effectively manage their land so that ecosystems can be restored and/or their functioning is strengthened. The first VCA’s have been registered, and the hope and expectation is that it will be the beginning of a worldwide network of such areas (mostly but not necessarily owned by companies and/or private persons), thereby creating a momentum for a new movement in areabased effective ecosystem management on the ground.
Piet Wit, Chair of CEM
IUCNCEM Chair flash report january-april 2016 , see http://www.iucn.org/about/union/commissions/cem/cem_about/cem_chair_updates/