• 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
  • The future of tropical rainforests depends on integrated support for local communities: the Congo Basin in focus

    Tropical forests provide vital homes for people and nature, as well as helping to mitigate climate change. As part of celebrations for International Day of the Tropics, we showcase some of the key research coming from the UNEP-WCMC Trade, Development and the Environment Hub (TRADE Hub), exploring how increased forest and farming protections, better monitoring…

    The future of tropical rainforests depends on integrated support for local communities: the Congo Basin in focus
  • 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…

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    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…

    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…

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    Cameroon validates its national ecosystem assessment