United Nations Environment Programme-World Conservation Monitoring Centre (UNEP-WCMC)
The UNEP World Conservation Monitoring Centre (UNEP-WCMC) is a collaboration between the United Nations Environment Programme, the world's foremost intergovernmental environmental organisation, and WCMC 2000, a UK-based charity. UNEP-WCMC?s mission is to evaluate and highlight the many values of biodiversity and put authoritative biodiversity knowledge at the centre of decision-making.
1. Health and well being of communities directly dependant on ecosystem goods and services: This indicator is under development by UNEP-WCMC as part of the 2010 Biodiversity Indicators Partnership (BIP). http://www.twentyten.net/healthofcommunities
2. Evolution of Protected Area systems with regard to climatic, institutional, social, and economic conditions in the West Africa Region: This project is currently in the preparatory phase. Once approved, the full project is likely to run from mid 2010 until 2015. The estimated budget is USD 14m. The geographic scope of the project covers 5 pilot countries in West Africa: Chad, Gambia, Mali, Sierra Leone, and Togo. An additional 3 countries will participate in preparatory activities relating to transboundary conservation (Burkina Faso, Côte d?Ivoire and Ghana).
3. The Marine Assessment and Decision Support Programme seeks to provide strategic scientific information to guide decisions impacting on the marine and coastal environment. It also works to enable the integration and use of these datasets into relevant environmental and socio-economic assessments and decision support tools for better management of marine and coastal environments.