Policies and institutions
Governments, regional bodies, intergovernmental organizations and private businesses all define their interaction with the environment through their policies and institutions. While the conservation of biodiversity is primarily addressed through environmental policies, many impacts on biodiversity are shaped by policies in other sectors such as agriculture, industry and infrastructure. To be effective, biodiversity management must be incorporated into policy at a range of levels and across many sectors.
UN Environment World Conservation Monitoring Centre has more than 30 years’ experience of working at this science–policy interface. We work with organizations ranging from the secretariats of Multilateral Environmental Agreements, such as the Convention on Biological Diversity, through to governments that are seeking assistance to manage the biodiversity of their own countries. We recognize the importance of getting policy right at all levels, and supporting the institutions and people who develop and deliver that policy.