WCMC is a UK charity, based in Cambridge, which supports the United Nations Environment Programme. We work in collaboration with UNEP, under the banner of UNEP-WCMC. Our mission is to evaluate and highlight the many values of biodiversity and put authoritative biodiversity knowledge at the centre of decision-making.

Address: 219 Huntingdon Road, Cambridge
Postcode: CB3 0DL
Country: United Kingdom
Website: http://www.unep-wcmc.org
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UNEP-WCMC confronts the challenges faced by our world's biodiversity with knowledge, innovation and leadership. In partnership with UN Environment and based in Cambridge, the UK's conservation capital, we connect science, policy and society. Our access and influence empowers decision makers to create positive and sustainable impact for people and nature. 

Our team is made up of experts in biodiversity and ecosystem services, social scientists, communications experts, ecological modellers, economists, policy analysts, lawyers, GIS specialists, data managers and software developers. 

2019 is UNEP-WCMC's 40th anniversary. We continue to build on the achievements and impacts of the last four decades, bringing innovation and insights to the international policy community at this critical time for our planet. 

Evaluating Options and Trade-Offs

Evaluating Options and Trade-Offs

Biodiversity and ecosystem services are complex and the interactions between them and development processes are more complex still.

Valuing Natural Capital

Valuing Natural Capital

Nature provides innumerable services that underpin food security, human well-being and indeed, the global economy.

Mapping Hotspots and Priorities

Mapping Hotspots and Priorities

Decision makers must choose where to focus their conservation efforts, what levels of resource utilization to permit and how to manage and control utilization in practice.

Identifying the Causes of Change

Identifying the Causes of Change

We know that biodiversity is changing, and we can identify trends and directions in this change. In some cases we can attribute these to factors such as climate change, agricultural expansion, urbanization or pollution, but the underlying causes of change are rarely clear and simple.

Measuring Biodiversity Change

Measuring Biodiversity Change

Biodiversity has many dimensions including variety, quantity, composition and distribution. Whichever of these we choose to measure, biodiversity is changing in unprecedented ways. To respond to this, we need to know what is changing, where, and at what rate.

A visualisation of the classification system

A new global ‘language’ for nature’s resources

A new environmental classification system is the first to fully categorise both the renewable and non-renewable resources that provide benefits to people and the economy. This depth of information will provide a consistent ‘language’ for decision makers at all levels in the public and private sectors to consistently manage nature, as well as the services it provides.

4 April 2019Read in full

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Making trade a force for good

UN Environment and partners gathered in Cambridge this week to kick-start a new project aiming to make trade a positive force for both nature conversation and marginalised people.

20 February 2019Read in full

UNEP-WCMC is based in Cambridge, UK

UNEP-WCMC celebrates 40 years of impact

2019 is the 40th anniversary of the UN Environment World Conservation Monitoring Centre (UNEP-WCMC).

19 February 2019Read in full

Project announced to make trade a force for good

A multi-million pound project led by UNEP-WCMC is announced today, aiming to make trade a positive force for both marginalised people and nature conservation.

28 January 2019Read in full

The first General Ecosystem Model is released

In a paper released today, scientists at UNEP-WCMC and Microsoft Research describe the world’s first General Ecosystem Model that attempts to simulate all life on earth – both on land and in the ocean.

23 April 2014Read in full

In a changing climate, it's a dog eat dog world

A new study demonstrates that climate change disrupts natural relationships between species.

22 April 2014Read in full

CITES Trade Database breaks new ground with open-source technology

Access to the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) Trade Database – which contains some 14 million records on the international trade in CITES-listed species – is now easier and more reliable, thanks to cutting-edge, open source technologies.

22 April 2014Read in full

UNEP-WCMC to present at Global Land Project Open Science Meeting

UNEP-WCMC will be presenting their work on modelling to assess the impacts of land use change at the upcoming 2nd Global Land Project Open Science Meeting in Berlin, Germany from 19 to 21 March. The event brings together the international research community working on land change issues.

19 March 2014Read in full

UNEP-WCMC is celebrating the first annual World Wildlife Day

UNEP-WCMC is celebrating the first annual World Wildlife Day

Proclaimed by the United Nations General Assembly as an occasion to celebrate and raise awareness of the world’s wild fauna and flora, the date was chosen to coincide with the day that the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) was first adopted.

3 March 2014Read in full

Declaration is signed on illegal wildlife trade

A commitment has been made by representatives of over 40 nations and 11 intergovernmental organizations to end the illegal trade in wildlife following a two day conference in London.

17 February 2014Read in full

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Associate Programme Officer (AD1074)

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