UNEP World Conservation Monitoring Centre provides biodiversity information for policy and action to conserve the living world.
Our programmes concentrate on species, forests, protected areas, marine, mountains and freshwaters; plus habitats affected by climate change such as polar regions. We also address the relationship between trade and the environment and the wider aspects of biodiversity assessment.
UNEP-WCMC, in partnership with the public and private sector, has commenced work on Project Proteus to develop a knowledge management system that will enable easy access to wide-ranging biodiversity information and analytical services about the environment and the living world.
The United Nations Environment Programme World Conservation Monitoring Centre (UNEP-WCMC) is the biodiversity assessment and policy implementation arm of the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), the world's foremost intergovernmental environmental organization. The centre has been in operation since 1989, combining scientific research with practical policy advice.
UNEP-WCMC provides objective, scientifically rigorous products and services to help decision makers recognize the value of biodiversity and apply this knowledge to all that they do. Its core business is managing data about ecosystems and biodiversity, interpreting and analysing that data to provide assessments and policy analysis, and making the results available to international decision makers and businesses.
UNEP-WCMC's Vision & Mission
UNEP-WCMC is working towards a wiser world: one in which everyone recognizes that the diversity of life on Earth is vital to the future of humanity. The Centre strives to promote wiser decision-making and a sustainable future by providing information on the conservation and sustainable management of the living world.
The Centre's activities include:
Assessment and analysis of global biodiversity to identify trends and emerging threats in support of international cooperation and action;
Support for policy and agreements at national, regional and international levels to promote biodiversity conservation and sustainable management;
Providing expertise, tools, techniques and information for public awareness, education, capacity-building and cooperation;
Knowledge management to enable easy access to wide-ranging information and analytical services;
Establishing networks and collaborations to promote conservation and information exchange.