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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.

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

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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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...

Nature-based climate adaptation options more accessible than ever

24 September 2019

A new Navigator system makes it easier than ever to use nature to adapt to the...

CITES Conference strengthens international trade regime for wildlife

16 September 2019

The triennial World Wildlife Conference, officially known as the 18th Conference of Parties (CoP18) to the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES)...

Building an ecological civilization: Theme for 2020 UN Biodiversity...

10 September 2019

The theme for the 2020 UN Biodiversity Conference has been announced during a press conference held by the Minister of Ecology and Environment of China and the Executive Secretary of the Convent...

New strategies to stem the flow of fresh water loss

30 July 2019

Fresh water habitats such as lakes, rivers and streams are under threat. People everywhere rely upon them for their survival - but a special journal edition, free to view for the next two years,...

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