• Whale and calf, Lewis Burnett / Ocean Image Bank

    Landmark UN report reveals shocking decline in world’s migratory animal populations

    The first-ever State of the World’s Migratory Species report has been launched today, as part of the latest global conference of Parties to the UN Convention on the Conservation of Migratory Species of Wild Animals (CMS). The landmark report reveals: While some migratory species listed under CMS are improving, nearly half (44 per cent) are…

    Landmark UN report reveals shocking decline in world’s migratory animal populations
  • Elephants, Botswana, AdobeStock

    5 surprising obstacles to migratory animals’ journeys

    The first-ever comprehensive global overview of the conservation status and population trends of migratory animals today reveals that nearly half of all migratory species that have been recognised as needing protection have declining populations. Many migratory species undertake long and difficult journeys to reach their feeding or breeding grounds. These vital stages of animals’ lifecycles…

    5 surprising obstacles to migratory animals’ journeys
  • Egret in water, Vietnam, Huy Nguyen

    How National Ecosystem Assessments can help to protect wetlands, and the migratory birds that depend on them

    For World Wetlands Day, we highlight how National Ecosystem Assessments in Vietnam and Ethiopia help policymakers and practitioners recognise the importance and multiple values of wetlands. Wetlands are crucial habitats for migratory birds. How to conserve and restore these ecosystems will be among the vital discussions at a major upcoming UN meeting on migratory species,…

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    How National Ecosystem Assessments can help to protect wetlands, and the migratory birds that depend on them
  • Meeting of Karatau herders community in Mongolia. Image courtesy of Dr Hijaba Ykhanbai

    Leading database on conservation by Indigenous Peoples and local communities opens to public

    Information on hundreds of territories and areas conserved by Indigenous Peoples and local communities – also known as ICCAs or territories of life – is now publicly available, as the global database created to monitor and showcase these areas launches online. The ICCA Registry is an online reporting platform for strengthening evidence on the conservation…

    Leading database on conservation by Indigenous Peoples and local communities opens to public
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    Plants and their contributions to people are insufficiently protected globally

    In ground-breaking research published in the journal Science today, scientists at the UN Environment Programme World Conservation Monitoring Centre (UNEP-WCMC) and the Royal Botanic Gardens (RBG), Kew, reveal the global distribution of more than 35,000 plant species used by people. Analysis of the first-ever global map of the diversity and rarity of plant species with…

    Plants and their contributions to people are insufficiently protected globally
  • Hawk flying away from a tree

    Melissa de Kock joins UNEP-WCMC as Deputy Director from UNEP’s Biodiversity, People and Landscapes Unit

    Melissa de Kock has been appointed as the new Deputy Director of the UN Environment Programme World Conservation Monitoring Centre (UNEP-WCMC). Melissa joins from UNEP in Nairobi, Kenya, where she was Head of the Biodiversity, People and Landscapes Unit. Melissa has 20 years’ experience working in conservation and environmental management. Before UNEP, she worked with…

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    Melissa de Kock joins UNEP-WCMC as Deputy Director from UNEP’s Biodiversity, People and Landscapes Unit
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    10 of UNEP-WCMC’s key contributions to combatting the global nature crisis in 2023

    A momentous global agreement for nature signed at the end of 2022, the Kunming-Montreal Global Biodiversity Framework (GBF), spurred a busy and productive year at UNEP-WCMC. Simultaneously, climate records were broken around the world in 2023 and pressures on biodiversity grew, making our work to secure a sustainable planet for people and nature more pressing…

    10 of UNEP-WCMC’s key contributions to combatting the global nature crisis in 2023
  • Al Wasl Dome at Expo City in Dubai, United Arab Emirates

    After COP28, nature is firmly on the climate agenda

    UNEP-WCMC’s Chief Impact Officer Matt Jones, Principal Specialist for Nature-based Solutions Valerie Kapos and Principal Technical Specialist for Climate Change Mitigation Lera Miles reflect on this year’s climate summit and celebrate clear acknowledgement of the need for integrated action on the climate and nature crises A significant outcome of this year’s global climate summit, COP28,…

    After COP28, nature is firmly on the climate agenda
  • Enhancing regional action to improve protected and conserved area coverage and outcomes

    UNEP-WCMC’s Protected Planet team report back from recent workshops in Central Asia and the Western Balkans, convened to drive progress on Target 3 of the Kunming-Montreal Global Biodiversity Framework. Protected and conserved areas (PCAs) are effective, high-profile tools for nature conservation and can bring a host of supplementary economic and climate benefits. The global agreement…

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    Enhancing regional action to improve protected and conserved area coverage and outcomes