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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

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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Understanding environment-human linkages is key to achieving the SDGs

03 April 2020

New research shows that considering connections between the environment and people is crucial for choosing effective actions to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

Blog: Sailing Towards a Plastic-Free Ocean

31 March 2020

UNEP-WCMC Associate Programme Officer Holly Griffin writes about the 17-day sailing voyage from Japan to Palau onboard sail training ship ‘Miraie’.

Blog: Nature Map and how we address biodiversity loss and climate c...

30 March 2020

We should take actions at all scales that address biodiversity loss and climate change together; actions that do both will inevitably bring us greater benefits. The Nature Map initiative he...

A plan to save Earth’s oceans

21 February 2020

Ocean conservation is essential as millions of people around the world depend on marine biodiversity as a crucial source of food and income. The study “Area Requirements to Safeguard Earth...

New approach to mapping environmental sensitivities

14 February 2020

MESA (Mapping Environmentally Sensitive Assets) is a standardised methodology that was developed following a review of multiple existing methods. It provides a step-by-step protocol for evaluati...

Watch: All-female scientist team leads Microplastics Research and O...

11 February 2020

[Video] Between December 2019 and January 2020, a team of three female scientists led a research programme onboard tall ship &l...

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