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As the biodiversity arm of UNEP, we initiate and collaborate on research projects into the relationship of biodiversity to key areas of conservation policy - legislation to prevent the hunting and trading of endangered plants and animals, protected areas, ecosystem assessment and sustainable use, climate change, agriculture, and corporate social responsibility.
We also have web applications developers, data and information management specialists, and a spatial analysis unit.
Much of the work of UNEP-WCMC focusses on support to the five key biodiversity-related conventions:
* 1971 - The Ramsar Convention (Convention on Wetlands of International Importance especially as Waterfowl Habitat)
* 1972 - The UNESCO World Heritage Convention (Convention concerning the Protection of the World Cultural and Natural Heritage)
* 1973 - CITES (Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora)
* 1979 - The Bonn Convention or CMS (Convention on the Conservation of Migratory Species of Wild Animals)
* 1992 - CBD (The Convention on Biological Diversity)
We work with private sector partners through the Proteus project to develop technologies which make biodiversity information and data available to all, including the World Database on Protected Areas and the UNEP-WCMC Species databases.
Close links to the academic community as well as to national and international policy makers allow us to act as a key information broker in the 'science-policy interface', synthesising the latest research for policy makers and feeding back areas of policy interest to the research community.
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