With our partners worldwide we source, collate and verify information on biodiversity and ecosystems which we then synthesise and analyse to create knowledge fit for global decision making.
The UNEP World Conservation Monitoring Centre (UNEP-WCMC) is a collaboration between the United Nations Environment Programme, the world's foremost intergovernmental environmental organization, and WCMC, a UK-based charity. UNEP-WCMC is UNEP’s specialist biodiversity assessment arm, and the Centre for UNEP’s collaboration with WCMC.
A world where decision makers in all sectors and at all levels recognise and take full account of the values of biodiversity as the bedrock of a global green economy and human well-being.
We are concerned with multiple values of biodiversity, particularly where it is at risk, and the relationship between biodiversity and ecosystem services which deliver human benefits.
To provide authoritative information about biodiversity and ecosystem services in a manner that is useful to decision-makers who are driving change in environment and development policy.
We do this with partners worldwide by drawing together, analysing and interpreting information on biodiversity, as well as strengthening the ability of others to do so.
The Centre’s goal is to provide authoritative, relevant and timely information for countries, MEAs, organizations and companies to use in the development and implementation of their policies and decisions. To help achieve this we aim to be an internationally recognized Centre of Excellence and the partner of choice for the expert synthesis, analysis and dissemination of knowledge about global biodiversity and ecosystem services.
The international community has acknowledged the role of UNEP-WCMC and has asked us to carry out many critical global functions. In particular, UNEP’s Governing Council has recognised the Centre as UNEP’s specialist biodiversity and assessment arm providing a range of biodiversity-related services to UNEP, governments, Multilateral Environmental Agreements and their constituent party states, and other bodies in the NGO and private sectors.