60 years ago Dag Hammarskjöld, the then Secretary-General of the United Nations, established the first list of national parks and equivalent reserves. That list would grow to become the World Database on Protected Areas (WDPA) and now, with the global community starting to determine the next decade of conservation goals after 2020, it is more important than ever.
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A new environmental classification system is the first to fully categorise both the renewable and non-renewable resources that provide benefits to people and the economy. This depth of information will provide a consistent ‘language’ for decision makers at all levels in the public and private sectors to consistently manage nature, as well as the services it providesadded by Dervla Dowd 1 min Read
2019 is the 40th anniversary of the UN Environment World Conservation Monitoring Centre (UNEP-WCMC).added by Dervla Dowd 1 min Read
A multi-million pound project led by UNEP-WCMC is announced today, aiming to make trade a positive force for both marginalised people and nature conservation.added by Dervla Dowd 2 min Read