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Co-sponsored by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS), and supported by the Government of China, UNEP - International Ecosystem Management Partnership (UNEP-IEMP) was officially launched in November 2011 during a High-Level International Forum on Ecosystem Management and Green Economy. It is UNEP’s first collaborative programme in the South and for the South promoting integration of Ecosystem Management and the Green Economy.



Ecosystem management is the vital approach of working with nature for a world with a green economy.


To provide science, policy and capacity support to developing countries to integrate ecosystem management approach into their national policies and development plans to enhance the delivery of ecosystem services for human well-being.


To synthesize science findings for decision-making on ecosystem management in all developing countries. This is supported by three inter-related initiatives:

        ● Monitoring and Capacity Building
        ● Integrated Knowledge Management
        ● Science for Policy

The scope of UNEP-IEMP’s work covers both terrestrial and marine ecosystems. The main clients include national governments, intergovernmental bodies and programmes, as well as development agencies and the science community.
In Focus

Incorporating Ecosystem Approach into National Development Plans: The Case of China's Ecological Civilization Drive

China has been facing severe environmental pollution and deteriorating ecosystems. In an effort to address and reverse these issues, the development of ecological civilization was given high priority during the 18th National Congress of the Communist Party of China.... More>>

High-level International Forum on Ecosystem Management and the Green Economy on
18 Nov 2011

On November 18 in Beijing China, UNEP and the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS) will host the High-level International Forum on Ecosystem Management and the Green Economy.... More>>