Since the late 1970s the UNEP World Conservation Monitoring Centre (UNEP-WCMC) has delivered services that support implementation of international biodiversity-related agreements at global, regional and national levels. These services not only support the work of the agreement secretariats, but also of the advisory and governance bodies, and of governments party to the various agreements. This section illustrates examples of work we have undertaken.
The support that UNEP-WCMC provides is based on expert understanding of the agreements and how they work, resulting from many years of experience and close relationships with secretariats. There are two key elements to this, which are essential to UNEP-WCMC’s ability to deliver relevant products and services.
The breadth of this work is described in a six page paper Improving International Environmental Governance: 30 years supporting the Multilateral Environmental Agreements.
The Centre works to support the implementation of CITES through a range of activities, while also supporting the implementation of EU wildlife trade regulations. Please click these links for more information on the Centre's support.
The Centre supports the CBD through a number of activities:
Our section on the CBD contains more information on the history and context of the Convention and useful links.
The programme of work, found below, identifies a number of areas where UNEP-WCMC and CBD will collaborate, including, among others, biodiversity indicators, marine and coastal biodiversity, protected areas and capacity-building for National Biodiversity Strategies and Actions Plans (NBSAPs).
UNEP-WCMC supports the CMS and its Annex II agreements through the following types of activities:
Because of extensive work with conventions on reporting and information management, the Centre is well placed to support increased harmonization. This section of our website looks in more depth at these projects. Additionally, the Centre supports the joint implementation of many conventions and looks to identify potential synergies between the various Multilateral Environmental Agreements (MEAs).
The Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) is an all-encompassing global treaty on conservation and sustainable use of biodiversity and natural resources. It was adopted in Nairobi and opened for signature at the Rio Earth Summit in 1992 and came into force in December 1993. It provides a logical and broad framework for actions to take place at all levels and thus is unique in making biodiversity a top priority amongst both decision makers and the public.More
UNEP-WCMC manages the CITES Trade Database on behalf of the Convention, based on the annual reports compiled by Governments which include full details of all export and import permits and certificates issued during the previous year. In addition, UNEP-WCMC manages Species+, which includes CITES nomenclatural, distribution and legal data for all CITES listed species. The Centre also produces a range of outputs based on these databases, which are also available from the Species pages.More
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