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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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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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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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Accounting for nature in tackling poverty

17 October 2020

The 17th of October is the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty. SDG 1 sets out the aim to end all forms of poverty everywhere by 2030. The SDG explicitly mentions the need to provid...

Empowering rural women and girls as a solution to environmental sus...

15 October 2020

15 October is the International Day of Rural Women. Supporting and empowering rural women and girls is key to achieving the Sustainable Development Goals and developing their capacities and resi...

Ecosystem restoration could prevent over 70% of extinctions

14 October 2020

The climate change and biodiversity loss crises are among the greatest faced by humankind, and they are intricately linked. If ecosystem restoration efforts are well-planned and implemented, the...

Urgent solutions for boosting Protected Area effectiveness revealed

08 October 2020

Scientists identify the actions needed from governments, private entities, and conservation organisations to boost the effectiveness of Protected Areas and other area-based conservation efforts ...

Ambition and action at the UN Biodiversity Summit

30 September 2020

Today, world leaders and heads of state gather online to recognise and respond to the crisis facing biodiversity.

Guidance for businesses to value biodiversity

29 September 2020

New guidance launched today will enable businesses and financial institutions to put the value of biodiversity at the heart of decision making.

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