Ecosystem Assessment

The Ecosystem Assessment Programme incorporates research, synthesis, facilitation and capacity-support to improve information and knowledge regarding biodiversity and ecosystems, and its availability to and use by decision-makers. Key technical areas within the Programme include work on biodiversity indicators and assessments, ecosystem services and their values for people, and support to policy processes at national, regional and global scales.

The Ecosystem assessment Programme is currently, and has been involved with several large, international projects. Notable ones are the Biodiversity Indicators Partnership, UK National Ecosystem Assessment, and the Performance Review and Assessment of Implementation System.

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Biodiversity Indicators

Biodiversity Indicators

Biodiversity indicators are essential tools for monitoring, assessment and decision-making.

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Ecosystem Services & Assessment

Ecosystem Services & Assessment

UNEP-WCMC is one of the lead organisations examining the importance of ecosystem services to human well-being, the role of biodiversity in underpinning ecosystem services, and exploring ways to bring this more clearly to the attention of policy makers such as through ecosystem assessment.

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Regional & National Capacity Support

Regional & National Capacity Support

We provide training, guidance materials and technical support to national and regional governments and organisations, assisting them in producing ecosystem assessments and indicators.

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Land & Livelihoods

Land & Livelihoods

Our work focuses on the linkages between biodiversity, land and livelihoods with the objective of enhancing capacity and information for tackling poverty, land degradation and the loss of biodiversity.

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