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Sizing-up the economic value of REDD+ benefits in Panama

23 September 2014

A new UN-REDD report explores the potential value of REDD+ in three regions of Panama (Bocas del Toro, the Canal region and the Darién). Prepared by UNEP-WCMC under Panama’s UN-REDD National Programme, this economic analysis can help with deciding which land-use options can be most beneficial.

New improved toolkit helps non-experts value important natural areas

12 September 2014

The new improved, interactive Toolkit for Ecosystem Service Site-based Assessment (TESSA) was launched this week at the 7th Annual Ecosystem Services Partnership Conference in Costa Rica and is now available online. 

Near-extinct African amphibians ‘invisible’ under climate change

05 September 2014

An international team of researchers has found that the majority of threatened species are ‘invisible’ when using modern methods to predict species distributions under climate change. 

Predicting the impact of land-use change on biodiversity

01 September 2014

Species that live within a narrow range and have specialist habitat requirements are disproportionally affected by the conversion of land for human-dominated use. Using the PREDICTS model, scientists at UNEP-WCMC and the Natural History Museum, London are able to predict the consequences of land-use change on biodiversity.

Exploring links between biodiversity, carbon storage and other ecosystem services

13 August 2014

A review by UNEP-WCMC of the relationship between biodiversity, carbon storage and the provision of other ecosystem services has identified broad agreement that forests, especially natural intact forests, provide a wide range of ecosystem services, and that biodiversity is important in supporting them.

Towards a global map of natural capital

01 August 2014

For the first time, a composite map of the world’s ecosystem assets has been produced, covering both marine and terrestrial realms. A report for the UNEP Division of Early Warning and Assessment by UNEP-WCMC presents global maps of assets such as biodiversity, freshwater resources and soil quality.

Action against illegal wildlife trade gains high-level support

26 June 2014

Illegal wildlife trade will be discussed today at the United Nations Environment Assembly (UNEA) in the largest Ministerial gathering to convene during this current poaching crisis.

Addressing climate change: Why biodiversity matters

24 June 2014

A new UNEP-WCMC policy brief, Addressing climate change: Why biodiversity matters, highlights the importance of considering biodiversity within climate change policies, programmes and projects, and presents opportunities to realize synergies.

First UN Environment Assembly heralds new era in global efforts to address environment sustainability

20 June 2014

The First United Nations Environment Assembly (UNEA) will convene in Nairobi, Kenya, from 23 to 27 June 2014. UNEA is the newly constituted UN high-level platform for decision-making on the environment.

Developing data and information management for sustainable, green African economies

11 June 2014

Better data, better decisions, and smarter, ‘greener’ economies were the focus of discussion at a meeting held in Pretoria, South Africa 27-29 May. It was run by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) Regional Office for Africa in collaboration with UNEP-WCMC.

Raise your voice, not the sea level

05 June 2014

Every year on World Environment Day the United Nations encourages global action for the environment. Across the world, people come together to combine their individual actions into a collective effort to make a positive contribution to the environment.

Indigenous and local knowledge has important role in biodiversity assessments

23 May 2014

A new study co-authored by Neil Burgess, Head of Science at UNEP-WCMC has proved the scientific value of indigenous and local knowledge collected from community members using focus groups.

UN Secretary-General shares message on International Day for Biological Diversity

22 May 2014

Today is International Day for Biological Diversity - a day for us to celebrate the diversity of life on earth. To mark the occasion, United Nations Secretary-General Bank Ki-moon introduces this year’s "Island Biodiversity" theme and urges us to protect fragile ecosystems.

UNEP-WCMC recommendations adopted by CITES

20 May 2014

The Animals and Plants Committees of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) met from 28 April to 8 May. Of the 91 recommendations made by UNEP-WCMC for species categorizations for the Review of Significant Trade, 87 were adopted.

Fostering collaboration between conservation experts and the world’s largest extractives companies

12 May 2014

This week, UNEP-WCMC will bring together conservation experts and 17 of the world’s largest extractives companies who are part of the successful Proteus Partnership.

World Migratory Bird Day 2014 Spotlights Pioneering Sustainable Tourism Initiative

09 May 2014

World Migratory Bird Day 2014 – celebrated in over 70 countries on 10-11 May – focuses on the role sustainable tourism can play in conserving one of the world’s true natural wonders: the spectacular movements of migratory birds along their flyways.

The first General Ecosystem Model is released

23 April 2014

In a paper released today, scientists at UNEP-WCMC and Microsoft Research describe the world’s first General Ecosystem Model that attempts to simulate all life on earth – both on land and in the ocean.

CITES Trade Database breaks new ground with open-source technology

17 April 2014

Access to the CITES Trade Database – which contains some 14 million records on the international trade in CITES-listed species – is now easier and more reliable, thanks to cutting-edge, open source technologies.

In a changing climate it's a dog eat dog world

14 April 2014

New study demonstrates that climate change disrupts natural relationships between species.

Using remote sensing to monitor biodiversity

09 April 2014

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.

Does conserving biodiversity alleviate poverty?

24 March 2014

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.

Building Natural Capital: How REDD+ Can Support a Green Economy

21 March 2014

A new report outlines how integrating REDD+ programmes into a Green Economy approach can conserve and even boost the economic and social benefits forests provide to human society.

UNEP-WCMC to present at Global Land Project Open Science Meeting

18 March 2014

We will be presenting our work on modelling to assess the impacts of land use change at the upcoming 2nd Global Land Project Open Science Meeting in Berlin, Germany from 19 to 21 March. 

World Wildlife Day

03 March 2014

Today we’re celebrating the first annual World Wildlife Day. Proclaimed by the United Nations General Assembly as an occasion to celebrate and raise awareness of the world’s wild fauna and flora, the date was chosen to coincide with the day that the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) was first adopted. 

Q&A on World Economic Forum with Jon Hutton

17 February 2014

UNEP-WCMC’s Director, Jon Hutton, attended the 2014 World Economic Forum meeting in Davos at the end of January. In an interview with the Cambridge Conservation Initiative, Jon reflects on his impression of the meeting and why the conservation community should be involved.

Declaration on illegal wildlife trade

14 February 2014

A commitment has been made by representatives of over 40 nations and 11 intergovernmental organizations to end the illegal trade in wildlife following a two day conference in London, UK. 

Global soil carbon: new study highlights need for better understanding

11 February 2014

The first comprehensive overview of the world's largest terrestrial pool of carbon highlights the importance of soil carbon conservation in mitigating global climate change.

Fourth issue of PARCC Project Newsletter is now available

31 January 2014

The latest issue of the Protected Areas Resilient to Climate Change in West Africa (PARCC) Project is available now in both English and French.