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Photo Credits: Sun through the Trees © Matteo Cargasacchi; Grand Canyon © Charles Besancon; Tree Frog © Rafael Alvarez; Forest Fire © Tambako the Jaguar

Recent News:

  1. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. In a changing climate it's a dog eat dog world


    New study demonstrates that climate change disrupts natural relationships between species.

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About us

 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.

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