Putting nature at the heart of decision-making
The United Nations Environment Programme World Conservation Monitoring Centre (UNEP-WCMC) is a vital part of UNEP’s efforts to demonstrate leadership for the environment. Our long-standing collaboration with UNEP-WCMC has been key to supporting our work on biodiversity at global and national levels for decades, and 2019 was no exception.
Whether supporting countries to implement their commitments under various Multilateral Environmental Agreements or providing the information that shapes public and private sector decision-making, UNEP-WCMC sits at the heart of the science-policy interface on biodiversity.
As we seek to push for an ambitious, inclusive and measurable post-2020 Global Biodiversity Framework that will fundamentally re-set our relationship with nature, UNEP-WCMC's support to these processes underway will be critical.
In the last year, UNEP-WCMC has strengthened engagement across the regions, including with EU institutions and the Government of China, and worked with over 100 countries and territories.
These deeper international partnerships, underpinned by the UNEP-WCMC collaboration, expand the reach and range of our work. Whether on nature-based solutions, ecosystem restoration, or assessing the impact of trade on species and products, we continue to give decision makers across the world the tools they need to make a positive impact for people and planet. Thank you to the Board of Trustees, our supporters and our staff.
UNEP-WCMC has made great progress in the last year with our partners to advance on the sustainability agenda. Across the 6 key areas of our strategy, there are many examples where our teams at the Centre have delivered huge impact. We have also established a more robust approach to understanding our impact at global, regional and national scales around the world.
The biodiversity community has been making much of 2020 being a “Super Year for Nature”. Despite – and in many ways also because of the challenges faced by the global coronavirus pandemic, 2020 certainly is a super important year for nature. It is the year and start of the decade in which we need to reshape and rebalance the relationship between people and nature. Building on the Centre’s 40 years of experience, UNEP-WCMC's work will be at the heart of this transformation.
The future of nature hangs in the balance; never in its history has UNEP-WCMC been more essential. We understand the power of collaboration and work with partners across the world to create innovative solutions to environmental challenges. In 2019 we brought together governments, businesses, NGOs and research bodies to tackle some of the biggest drivers of environmental degradation.
One such partnership – the Trade Hub – began in 2019 and is exploring how certain global trade pathways in agricultural commodities are causing biodiversity loss. The results are already feeding into public policy while equipping companies with the knowledge they need to transition to more sustainable business models.
UNEP-WCMC is a vital part of UNEP’s efforts to demonstrate leadership for the environment.
We give businesses and policy leaders the tools they need to make decisions that make a difference.
In 2019 we brought together governments, businesses, NGOs and research bodies to tackle the drivers of environmental degradation.
In 2020 and beyond, UNEP-WCMC will be more important than ever in supporting our partners to deliver the new plan for nature.
2019 marked the 60th anniversary of the UN’s request for a global list of protected areas. Today, the World Database on Protected Areas contains over 240,000 sites and is a vital tool for safeguarding the most important places for nature across the world.1 of 8
We held two workshops for the Aligning Biodiversity Measures for Business Initiative to bring together indicator developers and businesses to form a common view on measuring corporate biodiversity impact and dependence.2 of 8
Working with the UK Government and UNEP, we ran a workshop to help improve indicators for the new post-2020 Strategic Approach to International Chemicals Management and to encourage the development of indicators in common with the post-2020 Global Biodiversity Framework.3 of 8
We supported the BID-REX Interreg project aimed at streamlining biodiversity data into decision-making so that EU regional development policies can use this data to improve biodiversity conservation and the preservation of natural heritage.4 of 8
We started work with the Science-Based Targets Network and partners to develop science-based targets for biodiversity, and provide companies, cities and other actors with a clear framework to prevent further loss of species, ecosystems, and genetic diversity.5 of 8
‘NatureMap-plants’, a successful citizen science effort on flowering plant species distributions was launched, as part of the wider Nature Map project with iNaturalist, IIASA, SDSN, Kew Gardens, and other partners.7 of 8
We prepared The Role of the Natural Environment in Adaptation to increase recognition of the value of nature-based solutions and support the efforts of Global Commission on Adaptation to accelerate adaptation action and increase political support for building climate resilience.8 of 8
Number of staff at UNEP-WCMC
8 of whom started as interns