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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 enable financial institutions to better understand, assess, and integrate natural capi...

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Ocean+ Data

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

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Supporting the EU in addressing illegal timber trade through demand...

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...

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Protecting coral reefs

UNEP-WCMC is currently working on several global coral reef projects with UN Environment Coral Reef Unit and a number of other project partners to address the conservation challenges facing cora...

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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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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 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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News

UNEP-WCMC hosts Cambridge MP

17 October 2018

UNEP-WCMC was pleased to welcome Daniel Zeichner, MP for Cambridge, on Friday 5 October to discuss environmental challenges at a local, national and global level.

UNEP-WCMC Trustee announced as winner of MIDORI Prize for Biodiversity

11 October 2018

UNEP-WCMC would like to congratulate Dr Kathy MacKinnon, a UNEP-WCMC Board Member since 2015, on being one of this year’s winners of the MIDORI Prize for Biodiversity.

Unveiling new levels of protection at Arctic Biodiversity Congress

10 October 2018

UNEP-WCMC staff provide insight into Arctic work at second Arctic Biodiversity Congress.

Bending the curve of biodiversity loss

14 September 2018

The world needs a much more ambitious work plan to halt species loss and restore biodiversity.

Global coastal wetlands need to move inland in fight against climat...

13 September 2018

Up to 30 per cent of coastal wetlands could be lost globally by the year 2100 with a dramatic effect on global warming and coastal flooding, if action is not taken to protect them, new research ...

Marine and coastal area-based management approaches contribute towa...

10 September 2018

A new study by UNEP-WCMC explores how marine and coastal area-based management approaches can contribute towards Sustainable Development Goals and associated Targets.

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