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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...

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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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ENCORE

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...

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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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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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Valerie Kapos

Climate Change and Biodiversity

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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News

Research reveals a quarter of Europe’s peatlands are degraded, ahe...

20 October 2021

New research finds that 25% of Europe’s peatlands are degraded, increasing to 50% -120,000km2- when looking at the European Union alone. In more than half of Europe’s natural peatlan...

New National Ecosystem Assessment Initiative platform to support co...

14 October 2021

The National Ecosystem Assessment Initiative (NEA Initiative) at UNEP-WCMC launched a new website to support countries undertaking ecosystem assessments.

Launch of UN Biodiversity Lab 2.0: Spatial data and the future of o...

04 October 2021

The UN Biodiversity Lab (UNBL) 2.0 was launched on the 4th of October at Day 1 of the Nature for Life Hub. The UNBL 2.0 is a free, open-source platform that enables governments and others to acc...

Food system transformation: it’s everyone’s business

23 September 2021

Our global food systems are in urgent need of transformation for the sake of people and nature, and if we are to succeed, businesses have a crucial role to play.

5 insights from the new MPA Guide that can help improve ocean conse...

16 September 2021

The newly published MPA Guide helps policymakers and practitioners understand the level and type of protection a marine protected area can offer.

New platform for navigating ecosystem-based adaptation tools launch...

14 September 2021

The new ecosystem-based adaptation (EbA) Tools Navigator aims to make EbA tools more accessible and guide users through more than 200 tools that can support their work.

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