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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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Highlights of the year: UNEP-WCMC’s key contributions to global amb...

24 December 2021

2021 was another challenging year as governments, economies and communities continued to weather and recover from waves of COVID-19. However, nature remained high on the global agenda. We look b...

Safeguarding the soil that sustains us: protecting peatlands

09 December 2021

Following World Soil Day, UNEP-WCMC is highlighting the vital role that peat soil plays in sustaining the planet and showcasing the work within one of the major global collaborations on peatland...

Towards 30x30; New grant supports major progress for protected and ...

06 December 2021

New funding will support seven countries to achieve rapid, meaningful, and measurable progress towards national targets and global ambitions for protected and conserved areas.

Creating a Nature-Positive Future for People and Planet

24 November 2021

Investing in effective protected and conserved areas is an essential tool for achieving the protection of nature, through biodiversity conservation and climate change mitigation. In our Creating...

Climate and nature: what Glasgow could mean for Kunming

22 November 2021

With the need for joint and integrated action clearer than ever, discussions on nature at COP26 demonstrate the importance of action and accountability and offer insights ahead of the upcoming b...

From knowledge to action: Colombia’s national ecosystem assessment

18 November 2021

Colombia, one of the world’s most biodiverse countries, became the first of 11 partner countries in the National Ecosystem Assessment Initiative (NEA Initiative) at UNEP-WCMC to launch its...

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