The UN Environment Programme World Conservation Monitoring Centre (UNEP-WCMC) is the specialist biodiversity centre of UN Environment Programme, based in Cambridge in the United Kingdom. UNEP-WCMC has been part of UN Environment Programme since 2000 and has responsibility for biodiversity assessment and support to policy development and implementation.[1] The "World Conservation Monitoring Centre" was previously an independent organisation jointly managed by IUCN, UN Environment Programme and WWF established in 1988. 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 has expertise across six thematic areas:

These thematic areas are supported by cross-cutting expertise in science, economics, knowledge management and digital innovation.[2]

Resources and data

UNEP-WCMC has created a considerable amount of resources and data[3] Some notable datasets include:


  1. ^ UNEP (2004) UNEP Programmes and Resources for Environmental Education and Training. UNEP, Nairobi, Kenya & Earthprint, UK.
  2. ^ UNEP-WCMC (2018) Annual Review 2017-18. UNEP-WCMC, Cambridge, UK.
  3. ^ "UPEP WCMC Resources and data page". Retrieved 2024-02-19.
  4. ^ "Ocean Data Viewer". Retrieved 2024-02-19.
  5. ^ "WDPA Overview". Retrieved 2024-02-19.
  6. ^ " home page". Retrieved 2024-02-19.