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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...

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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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Livelihoods, food, finance: Mangroves and the Peam Krasaop Fishing ...

26 July 2021

Mangrove habitats are essential to the livelihoods of many coastal communities worldwide. From food security to flood protection, mangrove ecosystems provide a rang...

UNEP-WCMC Annual Review 2020

21 July 2021

Despite 2020 not being the “super year” for biodiversity that many had expected, UNEP-WCMC continued our work with our partners worldwide towards building a better future for people ...

Jerry Harrison: 40 years of UNEP-WCMC and global biodiversity policy

20 July 2021

This month marks UNEP-WCMC's Principal Technical Specialist, Jerry Harrison’s 40th year working at the Centre, and at the heart of global biodiversity policy. Over the last four decades, b...

What will the post-2020 global plan for nature mean for business?

15 July 2021

This week, a draft of the new global biodiversity ambitions, the post-2020 global biodiversity framework, was published. Matt Jones, Head of Business and Biodiversity, UNEP-WCMC, explains what t...

To demonstrate the benefits of restoration, improved monitoring is ...

13 July 2021

Evidence on the outcomes of ecosystem restoration in Europe is urgently needed to inform effective restoration policy and strategy. Data gathered and communicated effectively could demonstrate t...

10 things you need to know about the new post-2020 global plan for ...

12 July 2021

The post-2020 framework includes the next set of global goals and targets for biodiversity. Here are ten things you need to know about the post-2020 global biodiversity framework.

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