Our work offers solutions for biodiversity conservation

We analyse and advise on the many challenges facing biodiversity and ecosystem services in marine and terrestrial environments

Our featured work

Together with our partners, we work on dozens of projects every year across the range of areas described in Our Expertise. The projects and partnerships featured here give a flavour of the best, newest and most innovative work from across UN Environment World Conservation Monitoring Centre . 

Monarch butterflies michoacan mexico adobestock 124939071

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 governments and other stakeholders throughout the process of developing and agreeing the new framework.

Abu dhabi al reem island with mangrove forest adobestock 64382651

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 capital-related risks and opportunities into financial decision-making.

Green turtle eating seagrass adobestock 93192027

Ocean+ Data

Ocean+ Data is an online library that identifies 183 ocean-related resources available globally.

Adobestock 83935700

Supporting the EU in addressing illegal timber trade through demand-side measures

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 monitoring the implementation and enforcement of legislation that aims to reduce the devastating effects of illegal timber trade.

Coral reef adobestock 105381677

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 coral reefs. 

Kilimanjaro adobestock 72153507

The Development Corridors Partnership

The Development Corridors Partnership, led by UNEP-WCMC, is helping countries in East Africa to plan for a sustainable future.

Jimg 0216

Supporting the UNESCO World Heritage Convention

UN Environment World Conservation Monitoring Centre (UNEP-WCMC) has been working closely with IUCN to provide technical support since the early days of the World Heritage Convention.

Person in nature

Links between the natural environment, human wellbeing and poverty

UN Environment World Conservation Monitoring Centre has been working with a range of partners on a portfolio of projects aiming to advance our understanding of the environment-poverty relationships conceptually, empirically and methodologically.

Ocean plastic adobestock 125820453

Helping to #BeatPollution

Pollution is having a massive impact on our biodiversity, our ecosystems and our health. At UNEP-WCMC we recognise the impact pollution has on our environment and on our lives. 

Proteus t shutterstock 75218422 min


Many businesses have a complex relationship with natural resources. Companies often struggle to find relevant information on biodiversity and the latest trends and developments in environmental policy. Proteus aims to ensure that businesses plan their activities around the best available biodiversity data.

Denali national park 1624102 1920 min

Helping national governments mitigate climate change

Find out how UN Environment World Conservation Monitoring Centre works with national and international partners, through the United Nations Collaborative Programme on Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation in Developing Countries 

Ipbes4 t shutterstock 91814270 min

Building a better science-policy interface

Science–policy interfaces are critical in shaping environmental governance. UN Environment World Conservation Monitoring Centre has developed significant expertise and long-standing experience at the boundary between science and policy in the context of biodiversity governance, including with the Intergovernmental Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES)

Ibat mt shutterstock 154850198 min

Biodiversity data for business

The Integrated Biodiversity Assessment Tool for Business is an authoritative website for companies seeking global biodiversity data. It is the result of a partnership among BirdLife International, Conservation International and the International Union for Conservation of Nature, together with UNEP-WCMC.

Cbd thumbnail

Supporting delivery of global biodiversity commitments

Working with the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) Secretariat and UN Environment to improve the policy coherence and coordinated implementation of the six major biodiversity-related conventions.

Hero image elisabeth van de grift thumbnail min

New watershed exploration tool for regions of high biodiversity and poverty

The Commodities and Biodiversity project aims to provide decision makers with the information and tools needed to balance demands for land and respond to future pressures on ecosystems.

Uk nea t sander van der werf min

Assessing the United Kingdom's ecosystems

In 2011 the UK National Ecosystem Assessment delivered a wealth of information on the state, value and possible future of ecosystems across the UK. It also identified a number of key uncertainties, some of which are being addressed by a two-year programme of follow-up research. 

Odv t shutterstock 124923737 min

A window on the world’s marine and coastal biodiversity

National governments, scientists, non-governmental organizations and the private sector depend on current and reliable data to inform their research, conservation and business activities.

Cropped frog min

Building biodiversity models

In order to plan effectively, policymakers need to understand how ecosystems and biodiversity are likely to respond to human-induced changes in the future. UNEP-WCMC is working with partners to develop three computer models of ecosystems which are designed to provide this information. 

Parcc tm sl wap in background min

Climate change and protected areas

The PARCC West Africa project assessed the vulnerability of biodiversity and protected area systems in West Africa to the impacts of climate change, and developed adaptation strategies and policy recommendations to enhance the resilience of protected areas and improve the effectiveness of their management.

Nbsap t shutterstock 70182970 min

Supporting national biodiversity planning

In 2010, the 193 countries that are party to the Convention on Biological Diversity committed to updating and implementing their National Biodiversity Strategies and Action Plans (NBSAPs). With our programme of work on NBSAPs, we are supporting the development and implementation of these NBSAPs so that environmental policy, planning and investment integrate and support economic and development policies.

Species t shutterstock 43956502 min

Supplying authoritative information on globally protected species

Species+, developed by UN Environment World Conservation Monitoring Centre and the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) Secretariat helps Parties to the Convention meet their international commitments.  It provides them with easy access to the information they need to issue permits for trade on a daily basis, thereby facilitating the effective management of species and ensuring that trade in CITES-listed species is legal, traceable and sustainable. 

Protected planet t shutterstock 66622546 min

Mapping the world's special places

Protected Planet is the online public interface for the World Database on Protected Areas, the most comprehensive global database on terrestrial and marine protected areas. Protected Planet allows users to discover the world's protected areas through maps, photos and descriptions.

Bip t shutterstock 175021325 min

A partnership to monitor biodiversity

UNEP-WCMC hosts the Secretariat of the Biodiversity Indicators Partnership, the global initiative to coordinate the development of indicators to track progress towards the Aichi Biodiversity Targets and other goals. The Partnership of more than 40 organizations works to provide comprehensive information on biodiversity and related trends. 

Hawksbill turtle swims over coral reef rich carey t min

Species assessments

We provide analysis, information and capacity building to national governments on the conservation status and levels of trade in protected species. This helps them to manage the legal trade in wildlife better.