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World Conservation Monitoring Centre

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World Conservation Monitoring Centre

The United Nations Environment Programme's World Conservation Monitoring Centre (UNEP-WCMC) is an executive agency of the WWF established in 1988, and prior to that the Centre was a part of the IUCN Secretariat.

Areas of work

The activities of UNEP-WCMC include biodiversity assessment, support to international conventions such as the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) and the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES), capacity building and management of both aspatial and spatial data on species and habitats of conservation concern. UNEP-WCMC has a mandate to facilitate the delivery of the global indicators under the CBD's 2010 Biodiversity Target on the rate of loss of biological diversity, and works alongside the CITES Secretariat producing a range of reports and databases. It also manages the World Database of Protected Areas in collaboration with the IUCN World Commission on Protected Areas. A series of world atlases on biodiversity topics have been published by UNEP-WCMC through University of California Press. UNEP-WCMC itself is composed of multiple Programmes that are concerned with different conservation sectors: Biodiversity Informatics, Business and Biodiversity; Climate Change; Ecosystem Assessment; Food Security, Biomass and Biodiversity; Marine Decision and Support; Protected Areas; and Species.[2]


  1. ^ UNEP (2004) UNEP Programmes and Resources for Environmental Education and Training. UNEP, Nairobi, Kenya & Earthprint, UK.
  2. ^ UNEP-WCMC (2010) Annual Report 2009. UNEP-WCMC, Cambridge, UK.

External links

  • UNEP World Conservation Monitoring Centre
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