Policies

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UNEP-WCMC does not assert any intellectual property rights in the data made available to it by data providers. 

Access to UNEP-WCMC datasets is provided on the understanding that you read and consent to be bound by the Terms and Conditions set out in the policies below.

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Meet our staff

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Barney Dickson

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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. UNEP-WCMC is UNEP’s specialist biodiversity assessment arm, and the Centre for UNEP’s collaboration with WCMC.

Our Vision
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.

Our Mission
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.

Our Goal
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.

Our Mandate
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.
[Decision GC.22/1/III]

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Staff List

Staff List

The UNEP World Conservation Monitoring Centre work in close collaboration with the UK not-for-profit organisation known as ‘WCMC’ and it is this institution which hires most of the staff at the Centre. WCMC employs a technical team of around 60 scientists and technicians, most of whom are educated to Masters or Doctorate level, along with a relatively small, but high-quality administrative team.

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News

News

Latest news from UNEP-WCMC.

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Our Environmental Impact

Our Environmental Impact

Given its position as an internationally recognised environmental organisation, UNEP-WCMC strives to ensure the sustainability of its own activities and show its commitment to environmental issues both internally and externally.  For this reason, the Centre has an Environmental Committee made up of staff members from each programme who volunteer their time to identify and, where possible, address any areas that are unsustainable.

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Contact us

Contact us

UNEP World Conservation Monitoring Centre,
219 Huntingdon Road,
Cambridge,
CB3 0DL.

Tel: +44 (0)1223 277314
Fax: +44 (0)1223 277136

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Visiting the Centre

Visiting the Centre

Directions to the Centre by bicycle, car, train, coach, plane or bus.

UNEP World Conservation Monitoring Centre,
219 Huntingdon Road,
Cambridge,
CB3 0DL

Tel: +44 (0)1223 277314
Fax: +44 (0)1223 277136

UNEP-WCMC is 1.6 miles north-west of Cambridge city centre, 2 miles from the bus station and 3 miles from the train station.

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Facilities

Facilities

UNEP World Conservation Monitoring Centre is situated just 2 miles outside central Cambridge. The current Centre building, officially opened in 1993, was specially designed to fit in with its rural surroundings and constructed mainly from reclaimed materials - receiving the Green Award for Office of the Year in 1995.

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UNEP-WCMC Annual Reports

UNEP-WCMC Annual Reports

"UNEP has been able to respond quickly and authoritatively to many global biodiversity challenges by tapping into WCMC's expert capabilities.”


Achim Steiner,
UNEP Executive Director and UN Under-Secretary-General

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