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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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Conventions and Policy Support

UNEP-WCMC supports the development and implementation of policy at all levels by improving access to the data, information and knowledge necessary for decision making. Through our work we aim to increase co-operation between partners, reducing the burden of work and realising potential synergies so as to increase the effectiveness of conservation efforts. In this section you will find more information on the reports and products created by the centre relating to international agreements and processes. 

Our Areas of Work

Synergies among MEAs

Synergies among MEAs

UNEP-WCMC provides support to the full range of biodiversity-related multilateral environmental agreements (MEAs) and the Rio Conventions, and has worked for many years to contribute to and inform attempts to increase synergies and cooperation across these MEAs at global and national levels. For example, the Centre has explored ways in which MEAs can jointly implement work programmes. 

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Harmonization of National Reporting

Harmonization of National Reporting

UNEP-WCMC has worked over the last 15 years to streamline the reporting requirements of the various Multilateral Environmental Agreements (MEAs) on each party. This section details the various ways in which the Centre has supported the reduction of the reporting burden on countries, including links to our papers on the subject and resources produced by MEAs and other organisations to forward these aims.

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Supporting International Agreements

Supporting International Agreements

 

For more than 30 years UNEP-WCMC has delivered services that support the implementation of international biodiversity-related agreements at global, regional and national levels. Working closely with UNEP, we not only support the work of the agreement secretariats, but also the work of advisory and governance bodies, and governments and others working to implement the agreements.

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Use of science in decision making

Use of science in decision making

In recent years substantial attention has been paid to ways and means to improve the science-policy interface. UNEP-WCMC has been playing a significant technical role in many of the IPBES-related discussions, and is working to identify how the Centre can support the implementation of IPBES in the future, at the same time as helping to build capacity at the national level for using science effectively in decision-making that affects biodiversity and ecosystem services.

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Integrated reporting to the Rio Conventions

Integrated reporting to the Rio Conventions

Working with four of the least developed countries and two small island developing states, this project aims to explore ways of improving capacity to report to the three Rio Conventions. Specific objectives are to: develop integrated approaches to data collection/analysis and information management relevant to the Conventions at the national level; increase synergies in the process of reporting to the three conventions; and contribute to improved overall planning and decision-making processes at the national level with respect to implementation of the three conventions.

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Resources needed for implementing the Strategic Plan for Biodiversity 2011-2020

UNEP-WCMC has been supporting the work of the CBD High-Level Panel on Global Assessment of Resources for Implementing the Strategic Plan for Biodiversity 2011-2020. The report assesses, for the first time, the scale of global resources needed to meet the 20 Aichi Biodiversity Targets set out in the Strategic Plan. The report of the panel was launched at the 11th meeting of the CBD Conference of Parties on 16 October 2012. 

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Barriers to data access

Barriers to data access

A key concern for many, particularly in developing countries, are barriers to the effective use of data, information and knowledge that already exists. Working with the Conservation Commons and particularly with the Global Biodiversity Information Facility, UNEP-WCMC is one of a number of organizations addressing this.

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United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development (Rio+20)

United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development (Rio+20)

The United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development (UNSCD or Rio+20) took place in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, from 20 to 22 June 2012, the 20th anniversary of the 1992 Conference on Environment and Development. Areas of interest for UNEP-WCMC at the conference and briefing notes on the event can be found here. 

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UN-REDD Programme

UN-REDD Programme

As part of the UN-REDD Programme, UNEP-WCMC is working with developing countries on tools and analyses that help decision makers to safeguard and enhance the multiple benefits of REDD+. We produce analyses and guidance on this topic, including spatial analyses of areas of overlap between carbon, biodiversity and other ecosystem services. Substantial work has also been carried out on the measurement, reporting and verification (MRV) requirements for REDD/REDD+.

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