• The documentary “A Smallholder’s Voice” highlights the challenges faced by farmers in cocoa and oil palm supply chains in Cameroon

    A new documentary created by the Trade, Development and Environment Hub (TRADE Hub), led by UNEP-WCMC, gives perspectives from Cameroonian farmers about the increasing global demand for sustainably produced agricultural commodities, as Western governments look to transition towards deforestation-free imports into large consumer markets. The 18-minute film is a call to action to critically assess…

    The documentary “A Smallholder’s Voice” highlights the challenges faced by farmers in cocoa and oil palm supply chains in Cameroon
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    UNEP-WCMC’s official statement on the passing of Queen Elizabeth II

    UNEP-WCMC mourns the passing of Queen Elizabeth II. Our thoughts and condolences are with the Royal Family and people of the UK and Commonwealth Realms at this time, as we remember the Queen’s lifelong commitment to public service for people and nature. Photo: BBC

    UNEP-WCMC’s official statement on the passing of Queen Elizabeth II
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    Balancing the books to advance nature in urban development

    “Ecological Civilization”, or living in harmony with nature, is now a driving tenant of national development in China. Many Chinese cities are now pioneering and promoting the “greening” of urban spaces and using nature-based solutions (NbS) to urban challenges, for example, to mitigate the effects of urban heating, improve air quality and create pleasant environments…

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    Balancing the books to advance nature in urban development
  • UN recognition of the human right to a clean, healthy and sustainable environment – a new pathway for nature and people

    Opi Outhwaite, Environmental Law Specialist at UNEP-WCMC, reflects on the realities and implications of the recent UN resolution on the right to a healthy environment  This resolution is one of the most fundamental declarations to date of the relationship between people and nature. It recognises that clean and healthy ecosystems, biological diversity and a stable…

    UN recognition of the human right to a clean, healthy and sustainable environment – a new pathway for nature and people
  • Long horns cows in a Mundari tribe camp gathering around bonfires to repel mosquitoes and flies, Central Equatoria, Terekeka, South Sudan

    The Africa Protected Areas Congress: a commitment to African-led conservation 

    Nina Bhola, Jasmin Upton and Jonny Hughes of UNEP-WCMC attended the inaugural Africa Protected Areas Congress. Here they share some important takeaways from this milestone event.   The IUCN Africa Protected Areas Congress (APAC) recently took place in Kigali, Rwanda. The congress was the first ever continent-wide gathering of African leaders, citizens and interest groups to discuss…

    The Africa Protected Areas Congress: a commitment to African-led conservation 
  • Beyond greenwashing: understanding the challenges, ambition and potential of carbon trading

    This article is written by Maria Antonova, Nature-Based Solutions Associate Programme Officer at UNEP-WCMC, who has recently completed an internship as part of the Endangered Landscapes Programme-funded ‘Understanding Voluntary Carbon Markets’ project.  2015 was a pivotal year for climate and biodiversity issues, with many countries signing up to the Paris Agreement – and the clock…

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    Beyond greenwashing: understanding the challenges, ambition and potential of carbon trading
  • After IPBES-9: the strong science-policy marching beat for nature continues

    UNEP-WCMC’s Dr Neil Burgess, Matt Jones and Shena Garcia Rangel report back after taking part in the high-level negotiations and networking of the latest meeting of the Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services, IPBES-9. While governments continue to negotiate on the details of crucial new global goals and targets to halt and reverse…

    After IPBES-9: the strong science-policy marching beat for nature continues
  • Seagrass-Posidonie (Posidonia oceanica) of Méditerranée sea.

    A young researcher’s journey: exploring how we can bring seagrass up the nature restoration agenda

    Eunbyul Kim is currently studying for a masters in climate change policy at King’s College London. For the past five months, she has been working with UNEP-WCMC to help improve our data and policy background on the benefits of seagrass restoration in Europe. Before starting my work at UNEP-WCMC helping with restoration policy research, I…

    A young researcher’s journey: exploring how we can bring seagrass up the nature restoration agenda
  • Ethiopia. Simien National Park. On the edge of cliff – there is Kniphofia in the foreground

    Celebrating the validation of Ethiopia’s national ecosystem assessment report

    On the 27th and 28th of April 2022, Ethiopia announced the validation of its national ecosystem assessment report, the country’s first comprehensive assessment which synthesises knowledge on the status and trends of biodiversity and ecosystem services and its contributions to people, framed around key policy questions that are of national importance. National endorsement The validation…

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    Celebrating the validation of Ethiopia’s national ecosystem assessment report