• 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
  • 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…

    Forest restoration in action: Celebrating pledges to inspire society
  • Snowshoe Hare

    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…

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    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
  • Hiker on a wooden bridge crossing wetland

    Using carbon markets to break down barriers to ecosystem restoration in Europe

    As delegates discuss how to fund nature’s contribution to climate change mitigation and adaptation at COP28, Maria Antonova and Megan Critchley from UNEP-WCMC’s Nature-based Solutions team share insights gathered during a recent workshop that sought to boost understanding of how voluntary carbon markets can be harnessed to progress European nature restoration initiatives. With more than…

    Using carbon markets to break down barriers to ecosystem restoration in Europe
  • Fresh green corn plants with roots

    World Soil Day 2023: Advancing how soil health is monitored and improved in Europe

    To mark World Soil Day – a campaign dedicated to raising awareness of the importance of healthy soil and sustainable management – the UNEP-WCMC Policy and Nature-based Solutions teams explore our involvement in a project aiming to change how soil health is monitored across Europe. Once formally adopted, the EU Nature Restoration Law will commit…

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    World Soil Day 2023: Advancing how soil health is monitored and improved in Europe