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  1. The True Value of Nature

    2/6/2011

    The Secretary of State for the Environment, Caroline Spelman, today launched the findings of the UK National Ecosystem Assessment (UK NEA). The UK NEA, which analyses the UK's natural environment in terms of the benefits it provides to society and the economy, is the first of its kind at a fully national scale. A panel of experts involved in the process answered questions on technical aspects of the assessment and how these findings will be implemented into policy decisions. The Synthesis of the Key Findings along with the Technical Report, which forms the evidence base, can be downloaded from the UK NEA website.

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  2. Making Biodiversity Safeguards for REDD+ Work in Practice

    19/5/2011

    UNEP-WCMC has developed operational guidelines to assist countries to implement biodiversity safeguards for REDD+. The summary report, containing the operational guidelines, can be found here.

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  3. Professor Jon Hutton on UNEP-WCMC's Role

    17/5/2011

    Professor Jon Hutton, Director of UNEP-WCMC explains the organisation’s role in integrating and disseminating information on biodiversity and discusses the collaborative nature of their work

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  4. Visualising the Partnership Between Mining Operations and Protected Areas

    19/4/2011

    Metals Economics Group (MEG) and the UNEP World Conservation Monitoring Centre are pleased to partner to provide information for mining companies on their proximity to national parks and other internationally important protected areas. This valuable new data layer in MEG’s online service will increase awareness within the sector about biodiversity conservation, providing additional context to mining-related development and investment.

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  5. Marine and coastal ecosystem services: Valuation methods and their practical application

    7/4/2011

    This report sets out some of the most commonly used methods for economic valuation of ecosystem services, and to explore their pros and cons in a practical context in marine and coastal environments. It is intended to be used by UNEP Regional Seas coordinators, as a guide to ecosystem service evaluation techniques that might be relevant to their specific management projects.

    Download the report.

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  6. Head of Human Resources

    30/3/2011

    A vacancy has arisen for a Head of Human Resources. Reporting to the Chief Operating Officer and as a member of the Management Team, the successful candidate will work to ensure that HR policies and practices across the Centre are of the highest standards. He or she will work alongside senior managers to enhance the collaborative culture and capability of the Centre, leading the HR plan and team.

    This is a varied, hands-on role which would best suit someone with a strong operational background and the hunger and potential to move into a more strategic role.

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  7. The Global Coral Disease Database (GCDD) Launched

    12/11/2010

    The new-look GCDD was launched in Samoa last week at the 25th General Meeting of the International Coral Reef Initiative (ICRI) (8-12 November, 2010). The GCDD is an online database for coral disease information, providing interactive maps and dynamic statistics of world-wide coral disease distribution, highly customizable search options and a number of supporting functions, including guidance on survey methods.

    To visit the website, go to www.coraldisease.org.

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  8. Everything is Connected: Climate and Biodiversity in a Fragile World

    28/10/2010

    Staff at UNEP-WCMC have contributed to the following publication: How a stable climate and a productive biosphere can be secured together. Why this is an opportunity for green growth. And how a closer partnership between multilateral environmental agreements, in particular the UN Convention on Biological Diversity and the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change, can help both to achieve their respective aims.

    The report was launched at the Convention on Biological Diversity’s 10th Conference of the Parties meeting in Nagoya, Japan (see press launch).

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  9. The A-Z of Areas of Biodiversity Importance

    25/10/2010

    What is a 'Key Biodiversity Area'? Why is it important, how was it established and what is its relevance to business? The answers to these and other key questions can be now found on the 'A-Z Areas of Biodiversity Importance' website. Spotlighting some 35 important areas worldwide -such as Ramsar, World Heritage sites and Protected Areas -this electronic guide also explains the species and habitats they seek to protect as well as in their legal status and the extent to which local communities are present.

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  10. Interactive Website ProtectedPlanet.net Uses ‘Citizen Science’ to Boost Global Interest in Protected Areas

    19/10/2010

    Moving from the breathtaking fjords of western Norway to Australia’s only active volcanoes, touring 150,000 of the world’s protected areas from an armchair is now possible with the click of a mouse.

    The United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) has joined forces with the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) to create protectedplanet.net – an interactive, social media-based website that provides in-depth information on both the leading lights and hidden gems of the conservation world.

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