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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 to address illegal timber trade

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.

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.

Neil burgess

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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Valerie kapos

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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Lessons learned – how to measure a sustainable future

16 November 2018

An analysis of experiences from the Biodiversity Indicators Partnership that is helping to shape discussions on the post-2020 global biodiversity framework at the UN Biodiversity Conference in S...

Harnessing a sea of knowledge for ecosystem health

16 November 2018

Launching at the 2018 UN Biodiversity Conference in Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt, Ocean+ Habitats is the latest product released under the Ocean+ initiative, building on ten years’ wort...

Investing in the future – business for biodiversity

13 November 2018

UNEP-WCMC will be participating in a number of business-focused talks at this week's UN Biodiversity Conference. 

Meeting in Egypt for global change

13 November 2018

UNEP-WCMC will be attending this week's UN Biodiversity Conference, providing continued support to the CBD Secretariat and parties to the Convention. 

Welcome to China's National Forests and Grasslands Administration

31 October 2018

In mid-October we welcomed a high-level delegation of China's National Forestry and Grassland Administration to discuss areas of mutual interest and priorities for future collaboration.

Environmental decline calls for global action

30 October 2018

A report published today by WWF shows that biodiveristy and the overall health of the planet are in steep decline, but that global commitments can still reverse the trend. 

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