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Oil for Development

UNEP-WCMC, in partnership with the Norwegian Environment Agency, is working to ensure a positive relationship between oil & gas development and environmental & social responsibility in c...


UKRI GCRF Trade, Development and the Environment Hub

UNEP-WCMC is the lead organisation for this global project, working together with partners towards sustainable trade in commodities and wild products

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The Development Corridors Partnership

The Development Corridors Partnership, led by UNEP-WCMC, is helping countries in East Africa to plan for a sustainable future.

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Framing the future for biodiversity

In 2020 a new global biodiversity framework will be agreed to replace the Strategic Plan for Biodiversity 2011-2020 and its Aichi Biodiversity Targets. UNEP-WCMC is well placed to support govern...

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ABNJ Deep Seas Project

The ABNJ Deep Seas Project works to achieve efficiency and sustainability in the use of deep-sea living resources, and is jointly implemented by the Food and Agriculture Organization and UN Envi...

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UN Environment Programme World Conservation Monitoring Centre is working with the Natural Capital Finance Alliance to build the knowledge base needed by financial institutions to understand thei...

Meet our Experts

Our 100-strong international team are recognised leaders in their field and have unrivalled understanding of the institutional landscape surrounding biodiversity policy and ecosystem management.

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Valerie Kapos

Valerie leads on our work on the impacts of climate change and the role of ecosystems in climate change mitigation and adaptation. In addition to overseeing and managing the work of the large Climate Change and Biodiversity team, her role includes overseeing the development of new projects and ideas, and liaising with counterparts in national governments, and with key collaborators, partners and funders.

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Neil Burgess

Neil’s primary role as Chief Scientist is to oversee the scientific and technical work of UNEP-WCMC, to work to develop our profile and collaborations with external partners interested in the conservation of nature, and to promote the role data and analysis plays in effective conservation delivery. He also helps to publish leading scientific work at the science-policy interface, mentors staff in scientific delivery and ensures overall quality and scientific credibility of outputs across UNEP-WCMC.

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Earth’s biodiversity depends on the world’s forests

22 May 2020

The conservation of global biodiversity is utterly dependent on the way in which we interact with and use forests, according to The State of the World’s Forests report.

Building resilience through nature-based solutions

21 May 2020

Measures to conserve, manage or restore ecosystems are crucial tools for combating the linked climate and biodiversity crises. Often referred to as “nature-based solutions”, such act...

New study reveals levels of illegal trade in USA and EU markets for...

15 May 2020

A new paper published this week finds that border seizures of animal material added an average of almost 30% and 10% to US and EU reported legal trade levels, respectively, across the ...

CITES and UNEP-WCMC add new identification resources to main CITES ...

18 May 2020

The CITES Secretariat and the UN Environment Programme World Conservation Monitoring Centre (UNEP-WCMC) have added over 4,000 identification resources from the CITES Identification Manual and th...

Six ways conserving and sustainably using nature could prevent futu...

05 May 2020

It is already clear a healthy population relies on a healthy planet. Here are six ways sustainable management of the world's ecosystems might help to reduce the risk of diseases like Covid-19 em...

10 years to boost ecosystem restoration for people and planet

30 April 2020

Ecosystem restoration is a nature-based solution for a range of global issues, from climate mitigation and adaptation to sustainable development, poverty alleviatio...

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