UN Environment World Conservation Monitoring Centre (UN Environment WCMC)

Centre de surveillance de la conservation mondiale de la nature

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1 July 2000, through cooperation of United Nations Environment Programme (UN Environment), International Union for Conservation of Nature and Natural Resources (IUCN) and the UK government, as the Centre for World Biodiversity Information and Assessment of United Nations (UN). Originally founded by IUCN in 1979, as the nongovernmental IUCN Conservation Monitoring Unit. Subsequently became an independent organization with a joint Board of IUCN, UNEP and World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) and, in 1988, adopted the name World Conservation Monitoring Centre (WCMC) -- Centre mondial de surveillance continue de la conservation. UK Registered Charity: 328044.


Be an internationally recognized centre of excellence for synthesis, analysis and dissemination of global biodiversity knowledge; provide authoritative, strategic and timely information for use by conventions, countries, organizations and companies in developing and implementing their policies and decisions.

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Provides services to international biodiversity-related agreements and programmes; provides information to support clients in their decision making. Substantive programmes cover marine and terrestrial ecosystems, species, protected areas, biodiversity and climate change, and informatics.


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Relations with 21 inter-governmental organizations.
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Relations with 25 non-governmental organizations.
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Subjects *

  • Research, Standards
    • Inspection, Tests
  • Environment
    • Environment
  • International Relations
    • United Nations
  • Conservation
    • Conservation
  • Harmony
    • Diversity

UN Sustainable Development Goals **

GOAL 11: Sustainable Cities and CommunitiesGOAL 12: Responsible Consumption and ProductionGOAL 14: Life Below WaterGOAL 15: Life on Land



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