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UN Environment World Conservation Monitoring Centre is a world leader in biodiversity knowledge. It works with scientists and policy makers worldwide to place biodiversity at the heart of environment and development decision-making to enable enlightened choices for people and the planet.

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Featured Projects


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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Advancing environmental risk management

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

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Ocean+ Library

Ocean+ Library is an online library that identifies 183 ocean-related resources available globally.

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Supporting the EU to address illegal timber trade

Illegal harvest of timber is a global threat to forests and biodiversity, and has considerable impacts on livelihoods and development. UNEP-WCMC provides support to the European Commission in mo...

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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Neil Burgess

Neil’s primary role as Chief Scientist is to develop the scientific work and profile of UNEP-WCMC with external partners interested in the conservation of nature, and the role data and analysis plays in this. He also oversees the work of the Science Programme and its staff, 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.

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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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Thomas Brooks

Ecosystem Assessment and Policy Support

Areas of collaboration with UNEP-WCMC


IUCN and UNEP-WCMC collaborate on numerous issues under a Joint Programme Agreement, with many of these themes related to the IUCN Chief Scientist’s responsibilities. These include supporting: the maintenance of the Protected Planet knowledge product (including the Green List); the derivation of indicators of protected area coverage of key biodiversity areas to track progress towards Aichi Target 11 and SDG Targets 14.5, 15.1, and 15.4; and the delivery of the Integrated Biodiversity Assessment Tool (IBAT).

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Conservationists share ‘core aims’ but no consensus on achieving th...

09 April 2019

The first large-scale study of the views held by those working to protect the natural world has found agreement on the goals of conservation – but substantial disagreement on how to move t...

A new global ‘language’ for nature’s resources

01 April 2019

A new environmental classification system is the first to fully categorise both the renewable and non-renewable resources that provide benefits to people and the economy.

The power of biodiversity data

29 March 2019

A new report, published on 29 March by a European regional development fund-supported BID-REX project reveals ten key messages to unleash the power of biodiversity information in decision-m...

Sustainable solutions to global challenges

08 March 2019

The 4th UN Environment Assembly meets next week (11-15 March 2019) at the UN Headquarters in Nairobi, Kenya, to address one of the greatest challenges of our time – how to shift the g...

New UN Decade on Ecosystem Restoration offers unparalleled opportun...

04 March 2019

The UN Decade on Ecosystem Restoration, declared today by the UN General Assembly, aims to massively scale up the restoration of degraded and destroyed ecosystems as a proven measure to fight th...

UN Secretary-General appoints Inger Andersen of Denmark as Executiv...

25 February 2019

Following her nomination by United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres, the General Assembly last week elected Inger Andersen of Denmark to a four-year term as Executive Director o...

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