• panorama of beautiful countryside of romania. sunny afternoon. wonderful springtime landscape in mountains. grassy field and rolling hills. rural scenery

    New online platform showcases civil society, local authority and business pledges for nature

    A new online platform has been launched to raise awareness and inspire action by non-government organisations, local communities and businesses to protect, sustainably manage and restore areas of land and water.   Well-managed protected and conserved areas play a vital role in safeguarding biodiversity, contributing to human livelihoods and bolstering climate resilience. With new international…

    New online platform showcases civil society, local authority and business pledges for nature
  • The annual migration of the Sandhill Cranes through central Nesbraska. They spend a few weeks feeding in the nearby corn fields before heading north to their nesting grounds. Over half a million cranes pass through the protected area of the Platte River which is managed by the Crane Trust. At sunset the cranes arrive to roost overnight on sand bars in the shallow water of the river. Their shapes are sihouetted in the water.

    Securing a shared future for all life on Earth

    Biodiversity represents the tremendous variety of life on Earth on which we all depend. But human influence, including from land use changes, overexploitation and climate change means the biodiversity on which we all depend is under threat. More than one million animal and plant species are now at risk of extinction. Despite important progress that…

    Securing a shared future for all life on Earth
  • Lake victoria fishermen go to the robot and on the shore they are waiting for women

    Helping Uganda account for nature

    The planet’s sustainable future, and humanity’s sustainable development, relies on us being able to understand, quantify and recognize the multiple values of biodiversity. However, natural capital and ecosystem services are often neglected in traditional assessments of economic progress and development planning. This is where Natural Capital Accounts (NCA) are a useful tool: they quantify the…

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    Helping Uganda account for nature
  • Posidonia oceanica seagrass with a school of fish underwater in the Mediterranean sea, Catalonia, Llafranc, Costa Brava, Spain

    New research shows which Mediterranean coastal communities must plan now for seagrass loss

    A new study from environmental mapping experts at the UN Environment Programme World Conservation Monitoring Centre (UNEP-WCMC) has revealed which parts of the Mediterranean face the greatest socio-economic threats from seagrass loss due to rising sea temperatures. The Mediterranean Sea is home to 1.2 million hectares of seagrass meadows. As well as being home to…

    New research shows which Mediterranean coastal communities must plan now for seagrass loss
  • Panorama of main cascade of Ekom waterfall at Nkam river, Cameroon

    Cameroon validates its national ecosystem assessment

    Cameroon, host to some of the most biodiverse places on Earth, became the third country in UNEP-WCMC’s National Ecosystem Assessment Initiative (NEA Initiative) to validate its national ecosystem assessment. National endorsement On January 27th 2022, Cameroon announced the validation of its national ecosystem assessment, a comprehensive knowledge-base on biodiversity and ecosystem services and its linkages…

    Cameroon validates its national ecosystem assessment
  • Beautiful sunset over big golden sunflower field in the countryside

    How keen and ready is business for nature-related financial disclosure?

    The financial community is getting to grips with its pivotal and expanding role as a key driver of our sustainable future. Realities – such as half of global gross domestic product being dependant on nature and therefore vulnerable to spiralling nature loss – are sinking in, and awareness of and action on nature-related financial risks…

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    How keen and ready is business for nature-related financial disclosure?
  • Silhouettes of the traditional fishermen. Traditional stilt fishing near Galle in Sri Lanka.

    UNEP-WCMC unveils new strategy for 2022-25

    The UN Environment Programme World Conservation Monitoring Centre (UNEP-WCMC) has launched its new strategy, setting out the Centre’s priorities and focus for the next four years in its mission to develop knowledge and capacity for a nature-positive world. The “Nature and People” strategy for 2022-25 has been designed to deliver the Centre’s contribution to major…

    UNEP-WCMC unveils new strategy for 2022-25
  • Aerial View Spring Empty Field With Windbreaks Landscape. Top View Of Field And Forest Belt. Bird’s Eye View. A Windbreak Or Shelterbelt Is A Planting Usually To Protect Soil From Erosion.

    UNEP launches new sustainable land use finance impact directory

    Financial institutions around the world can now measure the positive impact of their investments into biodiversity conservation, adaptation, mitigation, forest protection and sustainable livelihoods with the help of a new indicator directory and resources platform, launched today. The Land Use Finance Impact Hub and its Positive Impact Indicators Directory – launched today by UN Environment…

    UNEP launches new sustainable land use finance impact directory
  • Underwater wild world with tuna fishes

    Ecosystem and species restoration to benefit people and the planet

    Hazel Thornton, Senior Programme Officer in UNEP-WCMC’s Nature Restored team, explores the benefits of ecosystem restoration and the urgent need to act, as well as key campaigns and political opportunities for progress. From forests to farmlands, mountains to oceans, our ecosystems – both modified and natural – provide multiple environmental, economic and social benefits for…

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    Ecosystem and species restoration to benefit people and the planet