The United Nations Environment Programme-International Ecosystem Management Partnership (UNEP-IEMP) officially launched its "Climate, Ecosystems, and Livelihoods (CEL)” Seminar Series in August 2020, so as to further strengthen external exchanges and cooperation.

As a major South-South cooperation initiative supported by UNEP and China, the CEL programme is designed to assist developing countries in delivering the SDGs and climate targets while protecting their ecosystems and improving the livelihoods of their people. Within the conceptual framework of the programme, UNEP-IEMP focuses its work on the nexus of climate change, ecosystem services, and sustainable livelihoods as the primary priority. More particularly, UNEP-IEMP encourages cross-sector and multi-stakeholder cooperation, enhances interdisciplinary research that brings together natural science, economics, and social science, and strives for breakthroughs that cross disciplinary boundaries.

Until now, two CEL seminars have been successfully held. Yang Xiaoguang, Deputy Director of Institute of Systems Science of Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS) and professor of Academy of Mathematics and Systems Sciences of CAS, was invited to present a seminar titled "Introduction to economic forecasting and its methods". Yang Cuihong, a professor at the Academy of Mathematics and Systems Sciences of CAS, Director of the Key Laboratory of Management, Decision, and Information System of CAS, and Deputy Director of the Prediction Science Research Center of CAS, introduced "The input-output model and its application in economic analysis and simulation". Nearly 160 researchers and students from several scientific research institutions and universities participated in the two seminars, which were well received.

In the future, UNEP-IEMP will continue to invite researchers and professionals in various fields to hold seminars and exchange activities on different topics, so as to bring more and better opportunities for academic resources sharing and cooperation. So stay tuned!