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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+ Library

Ocean+ Library 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.

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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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WCMC announces new CEO

06 December 2018

WCMC is very pleased to announce the appointment of Jonathan (Jonny) Hughes as CEO for the Cambridge-based biodiversity charity.

The rise of the rat – study shows human land-use favours common spe...

05 December 2018

Human habitat modification is favouring the same species everywhere while unique species are disappearing, finds a study co-authored by Samantha Hill, Senior Biodiversity Modelling Scientist at ...

The Changing World of Mongolia's Boreal Forests

27 November 2018

To share experiences and the achievements of REDD+ in Mongolia so far, the UN Environment World Conservation Monitoring Centre (UNEP-WCMC) and UN-REDD Mongolia National Programme have prepared a...

New tool allows financial institutions to see their exposure to Nat...

26 November 2018

New ENCORE tool, launched today by the Natural Capital Finance Alliance in partnership with UNEP-WCMC, is three years in the making and aims to “Plug nature into financial market decision-...

World on track to meet conservation targets

19 November 2018

Around 15% of the world’s terrestrial area is better safeguarded by conservation measures, as well as over 7% of the world’s oceans, ensuring the world is on track to meet important ...

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...

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