• A monarch butterfly caterpillar eating milkweed

    Researchers call for consistent monitoring of commitments to nature as analysis reveals national reporting shortfalls

    Researchers from the UN Environment Programme World Conservation Monitoring Centre (UNEP-WCMC) have conducted the first high-level analysis of countries’ policy pledges for nature and subsequent reporting of actions taken under the Strategic Plan for Biodiversity 2011-2020 and its Aichi biodiversity targets. In a study, published earlier this month in npj Biodiversity, they discovered nearly half…

    Researchers call for consistent monitoring of commitments to nature as analysis reveals national reporting shortfalls
  • Irrigated orchards in a dry landscape

    Largest modelling study of its kind highlights need for joined-up climate and biodiversity policy

    The largest modelling study of its kind to date shows an urgent need for policies that better understand the interlinked nature of climate change and biodiversity loss, and their potential impacts on human societies, say scientists at the UN Environment Programme World Conservation Monitoring Centre (UNEP-WCMC), who were involved in the research. Global biodiversity declined…

    Largest modelling study of its kind highlights need for joined-up climate and biodiversity policy
  • City of London skyline at sunset

    Degradation of nature could reduce UK GDP by 12 per cent

    Researchers at the UN Environment Programme World Conservation Monitoring Centre (UNEP-WCMC) have contributed to the first analysis to quantify the impact of nature degradation on a country’s economy. The work, published today, has found that: Damage to the natural environment, both domestically and globally, is slowing UK growth and productivity, and could lead to an…

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    Degradation of nature could reduce UK GDP by 12 per cent
  • A school of fish

    UNEP-WCMC marine experts progress working definition of ‘destructive fishing’ to enable more sustainable and equitable practices

    A new working definition of “destructive fishing” has been drafted following a rigorous consultation process involving 80 fisheries experts from over 30 countries.  Many policies and international frameworks – including the UN Sustainable Development Goals – recognise the need to end destructive fishing practices to conserve marine resources, protect the ocean and ensure peace and…

    UNEP-WCMC marine experts progress working definition of ‘destructive fishing’ to enable more sustainable and equitable practices
  • People collecting spring water in plastic bottles

    Inspiring a whole-of-society mindset shift on water

    For World Water Day, Head of Nature-based Solutions Dr Najma Mohamed explains how nature-based solutions and a rights-based approach to climate and environment policy and practice is the best route to leveraging water for peace Johannesburg is currently confronting an unprecedented water crisis, affecting those living in informal settlements as well as those in more…

    Inspiring a whole-of-society mindset shift on water
  • Large ferns in the Atlantic Forest, Brazil

    Forest restoration in action: Celebrating pledges to inspire society

    All over the world, efforts are ongoing to protect, sustainably manage and restore areas of forest. Countries have promised to restore 1 billion hectares of land by 2030 as part of international climate, nature and land goals. Some of these initiatives are famous, covering tens of thousands of hectares and winning awards, such as the…

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    Forest restoration in action: Celebrating pledges to inspire society