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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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News

Ecosystem restoration funding analysed

16 September 2020

Today, an overview of ecosystem restoration funding across Europe is launched, providing a much-needed tool for policy makers and practitioners.

Outlook for biodiversity depends on transformative change

15 September 2020

The UN’s Global Biodiversity Outlook 5 (GBO-5), published today, underlines the high stakes for humanity in protecting our one and only planet.

Women and the environment: 25 years on

14 September 2020

The United Nations and Women's Rights organisations all around the world celebrate the 25th anniversary of the Beijing Declaration and Platform of Action. It is a call to action for all of us &n...

Strategy for halting and reversing biodiversity loss revealed

10 September 2020

A team of world-leading scientists have identified the 6 key actions needed to bend the curve of terrestrial biodiversity loss caused by land use change.

Governing a connected ocean

08 September 2020

Governing and safeguarding the high seas is complex and requires collaboration between regions, nations and sectors - but it’s also a crucial priority.

NatGeo Explorer: meet Frédérique Fardin

27 August 2020

National Geographic Explorer grants support groundbreaking scientists, conservationists, educators, and storytellers. Meet Frédérique Fardin, an Explorer and associate PhD student ...

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