Putting biodiversity at the heart of decision-making

We believe that the environment will be better managed if decision makers have the right information, tools and capacity to value biodiversity fully

Policies and institutions

The issue

Governments, regional bodies, intergovernmental organizations and private businesses all define their interaction with the environment through their policies and institutions. While the conservation of biodiversity is primarily addressed through environmental policies, many impacts on biodiversity are shaped by policies in other sectors such as agriculture, industry and infrastructure. To be effective, biodiversity management must be incorporated into policy at a range of levels and across many sectors.

Our approach

UNEP-WCMC has more than 30 years’ experience of working at this science–policy interface. We work with organizations ranging from the secretariats of Multilateral Environmental Agreements, such as the Convention on Biological Diversity, through to governments that are seeking assistance to manage the biodiversity of their own countries. We recognize the importance of getting policy right at all levels, and supporting the institutions and people who develop and deliver that policy.

Our projects

Growing awareness of the importance of effective interfaces between science and policy has triggered a range of initiatives. In the area of biodiversity governance this led to the establishment of the Intergovernmental Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES) in 2012. From 2008 onward, UNEP-WCMC worked closely with colleagues in other parts of UNEP to prepare and run five intergovernmental, multi-stakeholder meetings that led to the establishment of IPBES. Since 2012 we have directly supported both the interim and permanent IPBES Secretariats.

See also our featured work on Integrating biodiversity and development and the Intergovernmental Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services.

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