The CEE is a global collaboration that, as it grows, will need support from a network of national/regional Centres. These Centres will contribute to the work of the CEE by encouraging evidence-based practice and systematic review activity within their geographic region.
Some specific functions of CEE Centres are;
- To develop in-house expertise in systematic review methodology.
- Contribute to the development of CEE guidelines for the conduct of systematic review in environmental management.
- To integrate activities with other CEE Centres to develop the CEE library and maintain a common database of systematic reviews in progress.
- To promote and encourage the appropriate commissioning of systematic reviews by relevant funding bodies (national government organisations, donors, agencies, NGOs).
- To seek contracts to contribute to and/or facilitate the conduct of systematic reviews (commissioned by other organisations) to CEE standards and guidelines.
- To work with practitioners and policy formers to raise awareness of evidence-based practice and identify need for systematic reviews.
- To run training courses in systematic review methodology and provide advice and mentoring for review teams in its geographical area.
At present there are three CEE Centres, based in Australia, South Africa and the UK. The UK Centre for Evidence-Based Conservation (CEBC) acts as the Executive Office, Editorial Office and contact point for all CEE activities. Currently, Centres obtain their own funds to perform centre functions. Other CEE Centres will also be expected to be financially autonomous. Annual reports for 2012 for the Centres can be accessed via the quick links on the right.
CEE Centres will be established by agreement between the CEE Board of Trustees and the Centre Executive.