The United Nations Environment Programme World Conservation Monitoring Centre (UNEP-WCMC) 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. 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. Based in Cambridge, UK, UNEP-WCMC is a collaboration between UN Environment and the UK charity, WCMC.
Using our significant experience of supporting the biodiversity information needs of decision makers across a variety of sectors, our linkages to the UN system and thereby intergovernmental environmental processes, the menu of services that we can provide to countries includes delivering and developing capacity on:
We have experience of working with decision makers at national, regional and local scales in the following sectors: environment, climate change, agriculture, oil, gas, mining, finance, fisheries, aquaculture, and tourism. This has involved working with various levels of government, the UN system, private sectors, research institutions, non-governmental organisations, and local communities.
A world where decision makers in all sectors and at all levels recognize and take full account of the values of biodiversity as the bedrock of a global green economy and human well-being.
We are concerned with the multiple values of biodiversity, particularly where it is at risk, and the relationship between biodiversity and ecosystem services that deliver human benefits.
To provide authoritative information about biodiversity and ecosystem services in a way that is useful to decision makers who are driving change in environment and development policy.
By working with expert partners worldwide, we draw together, analyse and interpret information on biodiversity, and strengthen the ability of others to do so.