Putting nature at the heart of decision-making
The UNEP-WCMC team has long been a key part of UN Environment, and the past year has been no exception. We extend our huge congratulations on UNEP-WCMC’s 40th anniversary and look forward to continuing to work together for many years to come.
I’m constantly amazed by the wide variety of work that we’re doing across the planet – and the commitment of everyone here to our mission of securing a future for the world’s biodiversity.
Building on our 40 years of core support to governments around the world, we're launching new areas of work, including leading a £20-million UKRI GCRF Trade, Development and the Environment Hub, which aims to reduce the impact of unsustainable trade on biodiversity.
We welcomed a high-level delegation of China’s National Forestry and Grassland Administration, led by the Vice Administrator Peng Youdong, to discuss areas of mutual interest and opportunities for future collaboration.1 of 9
We welcomed Daniel Zeichner, UK Member of Parliament for Cambridge, to UNEP-WCMC’s headquarters. Based on his visit he then raised the illegal wildlife trade with the UK Prime Minister, asking about the Government’s plans.2 of 9
We launched the Development Corridors Partnership, funded by the UK Research Council’s Global Challenges Research Fund. This international collaboration aims to strengthen sustainability across infrastructure and development in East Africa.3 of 9
A 20 million-pound project led by UNEP-WCMC is announced aiming to make sustainable trade a positive force for both people and nature. This UKRI GCRF Trade, Development and the Environment Hub is funded for five years.5 of 9
We supported the UN Biodiversity Conference, a biennial event that provides international leadership on biodiversity. Several decisions of the Conference refer to our guidance, and the Conference also determined the way forwards on a future plan for the conservation and sustainable use of nature.6 of 9
Neil Burgess, our Chief Scientist, co-published a paper with proposals for how to ‘bend the curve’ of biodiversity loss. Critically, the paper emphasises that success largely depends on actions in sectors such as agriculture, business and finance.8 of 9
Over the past year members of our team have published or co-published 65 publications! Please visit our website to learn more.9 of 9
Our Policy Relevance: UN Biodiversity Conference references to the Centre and our work
At the 2018 UN Biodiversity Conference 19 references were made to the Centre and our work, in eight different Conference decisions.
Cumulative no. of references to the Centre and our work in UN Biodiversity Conference decisions Cumulative no. of UN Biodiversity Conference decisions in which they occur