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  1. Vacancy- Assistant Programme Officer (AD 826)


    Species Programme
    12 months fixed contract
    Salary depending on skills and experience

  2. Using remote sensing to monitor biodiversity


    In our latest contribution to the Convention on Biological Diversity Technical Series, a team from UNEP-WCMC explores how remote sensing can and should fit into biodiversity monitoring systems.

  3. Does conserving biodiversity alleviate poverty?


    There is an assumption that conserving biodiversity can help in efforts to tackle global poverty and enhance human well-being. A small team including two of our scientists, Max Fancourt and Chris Sandbrook took a look at the evidence base for this assumption.

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 The UNEP World Conservation Monitoring Centre (UNEP-WCMC) is a collaboration between the United Nations Environment Programme, the world's foremost intergovernmental environmental organization, and WCMC, a UK-based charity.

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