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UN Environment Programme World Conservation Monitoring Centre is a world leader in biodiversity knowledge. It works with scientists and policy makers worldwide to place biodiversity at the heart of environment and development decision-making to enable enlightened choices for people and the planet.


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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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Advancing environmental risk management

UN Environment World Conservation Monitoring Centre is working with the Natural Capital Finance Alliance to build the knowledge base needed by financial institutions to understand their exposure...

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Ocean+ Library

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

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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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 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

WCMC appoints new member to Board of Trustees

05 December 2019

We are very pleased to announce that Jim Sloane has joined the WCMC Board of Trustees.

Cut global emissions by 7.6 percent every year for next decade to m...

26 November 2019

A new UN Environment Programme (UNEP) report warns that unless global greenhouse gas emissions fall by 7.6 per cent each year between 2020 and 2030, the world will miss the opportunity to get on...

Consumer markets linked to habitat loss for rare species in Brazil’...

29 October 2019

Overseas consumer markets could be responsible for more than half of the impact of expanding soy production on rare species in one of the world’s most biodiverse regions, the Cerrado savan...

Scientific contributions to support the development of an ambitious...

04 October 2019

A new report summarises key approaches for building the next ten-year strategy to reverse the decline of nature.

Flyways and Swimways: new initiative looks to the sky to protect mi...

01 October 2019

A new project which aims to better protect migratory fishes was launched today at the American Fisheries Society symposium in Reno, USA. Funded by Arcadia through the Cambridge Conservation Init...

UNEP-WCMC celebrates a successful year as it seeks to turn the tide...

17 October 2019

UNEP-WCMC have published their 2018-19 Annual Review, marking a year of impact helping to confront the emergency of global biodiversity loss.

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