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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...

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 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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Combating land degradation through reforestation

17 June 2021

Healthy drylands bring a range of important benefits to people and planet, and so addressing desertification is paramount.

Traversing the Earth: innovation and collaboration for migratory wa...

15 June 2021

Ensuring that migratory species thrive requires international cooperation across the birds' entire migratory range. Effective collaboration is essential to ensuring the birds are safe on their m...

Knowledge for action – new Ocean+ platform launched on World Oceans...

08 June 2021

For this year’s World Oceans Day, UNEP-WCMC is relaunching  Ocean+ Habitats, an online platform providing decision-makers and communities of practice with the best poss...

Ecosystem restoration key to future of people and planet, new report

03 June 2021

Humanity is using the equivalent of 1.6 Earths to maintain our current lifestyles and ecosystem restoration is key to a better future, highlights a new report from the UN Environment Programme a...

Cutting-edge biodiversity module enables banks and investors to tra...

26 May 2021

The new ENCORE biodiversity module launched today by the Natural Capital Finance Alliance a collaboration between the UN Environment Programme World Conservation Monitoring Centre, the UN Enviro...

World met target for protected area coverage on land, but quality m...

19 May 2021

The latest Protected Planet Report finds great progress made since 2010 with over 22 million km2 of land and 28 million km2 of ocean protected or conserved and 42% of current coverage added in t...

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