UNEP World Conservation Monitoring Centre (WCMC)

The UNEP World Conservation Monitoring Centre was established in 2000 as the world biodiversity information and assessment centre of the United National Environment Programme (UNDP).

The Centre's roots go back to 1979 when IUCN established a Cambridge office to monitor endangered species. In 1988 the independent, non-profit World Conservation Monitoring Centre was founded jointly by IUCN, WWF and UNEP. Their financial support and guidance in the Centre's formative years is widely recognised and appreciated. The transition to UNEP in the year of the new millennium received the full support of IUCN and WWF, as well as the political and financial backing of the UK government. A high level Scientific Advisory Council is being established to guide the Centre's work, which is closely linked to the UNEP Programme on Environmental Information, Assessment and Early Warning.

For more information, visit the Web site:http://www.unep-wcmc.org

Tree conservation information service

UNEP-WCMC, in association with the IUCN Species Survival Commission and a network of experts, identified over 8000 tree species which are threatened with extinction at a global level. This survey, supported by the Government of the Netherlands as part of the Conservation and Sustainable Management of Trees project, is the first of its kind to assess the conservation status of tree species worldwide. Information on individual species is recorded in the Tree Conservation Database and includes IUCN red list category, information on distribution, uses, ecology, threats and conservation measures. Summary information on individual species is published in The world list of threatened trees.

For more information, visit the Web site:http://www.unep-wcmc.org/trees/Background/intro2.htm

Global Trees Campaign

The Global Trees Campaign developed by Fauna and Flora International (FFI) and WCMC aims to save the world's most threatened tree species and the habitats where they grow through information, conservation and wise use. The majority of globally threatened tree species are not yet subject to any specific conservation measures and this is why FFI and WCMC are taking action in collaboration with other international organisations and local partners.

The scientific basis for the Campaign is provided by the results of the Conservation and Sustainable Management of Trees project. Through the Global Trees Campaign gaps in current information on the conservation status of trees will be filled by field research and continued networking with experts worldwide. The Campaign will use this information to stimulate further conservation action. With the help of contributors to the project, a portfolio of over 20 priority tree conservation projects has already been identified. Work has begun on small-scale tree conservation projects in Brazil, Ethiopia, Haiti, Mexico and Malawi supported by FFI's 100% Fund.

For more information, visit the Web site:http://www.unep-wcmc.org/trees/GTC/gtc_front.htm

The world list of threatened trees

The conservation of biodiversity and its sustainable management are internationally recognised as vital global concerns. Identification of the components of biodiversity and the they face are important steps in planning for conservation action. Tree species are ecologically, culturally and economically valuable components of biodiversity and their conservation is essential to the well-being of people in all countries of the world. With increasing general pressures on ecosystems and selective pressures on species, it has become apparent that many tree species are threatened with extinction. Information on the degree and extent of threat has, however, previously been scattered and scarce. The world list of threatened trees presents the results of the first survey of the conservation status of trees species worldwide.

last updated:  Wednesday, October 19, 2005