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Internship Opportuniy - What to Include in Covid-19 Recovery Packages: Assessing the Co-benefits of Nature Based Solutions to Climate Change (INT081)

Climate Change and Biodiversity | Fixed term, full-time,

£8.72 per hour

Closing date: 2020-11-05

We are looking for an intern to help contribute to work relating to the recovery of the Covid-19 crisis.

UN Environment World Conservation Monitoring Centre 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.

A key focus for the Climate Change and Biodiversity Programme is the role that ecosystems can play in climate change mitigation and adaptation and disaster risk reduction, through approaches such as Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation (REDD+) and Ecosystem-based Adaptation (EbA). The Programme aims to support the development of climate change policies and actions that deliver a range of environmental benefits, by providing decision-makers with relevant data, analyses, capacity-building and tools.

This 8-week internship will contribute to current work carried out in the Programme to help inform the selection of measures to be included in the economic stimulus packages that are being established around the world in the context of recovery from the Covid-19 crisis. To this end, the Programme is assessing the range of positive impacts that implementation of Nature-based Solutions (NbS) to climate change (such as forest restoration or protection of wetlands) can produce, from immediate job creation through to longer term benefits of enhancing the natural resource base and strengthening ecosystem resilience. At the same time, we are also looking at trade-offs between different types of impacts.

Working with UNEP-WCMC colleagues, the intern will carry out literature search and analysis on the benefits derived from a set of NbS measures in both developed and developing country contexts, and help with the identification of key messages and the drafting of communication products including text and visual elements such as infographics, diagrams and illustrations.

We are looking for an Intern to start in late November to early December 2020 for 8 weeks. If you are interested in this placement, please submit a CV and covering letter through the link below by 5th November 2020. Please note we do not require an application form for this placement.

Please note this is not a UN post and we can only accept applications from those eligible to work in the UK.

WCMC attaches great importance to addressing safeguarding and ethical considerations in all activities carried out by its staff, including where partner organisations or individuals are part of the delivery of our work. This includes children and vulnerable adults in the community who may be vulnerable to abuse. WCMC act with integrity, are transparent and expect applicants to share the same values.

WCMC is a UK charity that promotes for public benefit the conservation, protection, enhancement and support of nature and natural resources worldwide. We do this by collecting, storing, processing, analysing, interpreting and sharing data that increase our knowledge and understanding of biodiversity and the conservation of nature. Good data are the foundation of informed decision-making and we work with many partners to help them develop their knowledge and capacity to make good decisions.

We collaborate with the United Nations Environment Programme within the UN Environment Programme World Conservation Monitoring Centre (UNEP-WCMC).