For nearly 30 years, Conservation International (CI) has been protecting nature for the benefit of all​. We know that human beings are totally dependent on nature — and that by saving nature, we’re saving ourselves. To that end, CI is helping to build a healthier, more prosperous and more productive planet.

Conservation cannot happen without peace, but the role of nature itself in helping to broker peace is often overlooked. This is where Conservation International (CI) is leading the way. Through its Policy Center for Environment and Peace, CI is committed to fostering nature’s role in resolving conflict — for nature’s well-being and our own.

Conservation cannot happen without peace, but the role of nature itself in helping to broker peace is often overlooked. This is where Conservation International (CI) is leading the way. Through its Policy Center for Environment and Peace, CI is committed to fostering nature’s role in resolving conflict — for nature’s well-being and our own.

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Conservation International (CI) works at all levels to help ensure that men and women can fully engage in, and equitably benefit from, conservation and livelihoods initiatives.

Conservation International (CI) works at all levels to help ensure that men and women can fully engage in, and equitably benefit from, conservation and livelihoods initiatives.

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The International Blue Carbon Initiative — a partnership among CI, IUCN and IOC-UNESCO — is an integrated program focused on mitigating climate change by conserving and restoring coastal marine ecosystems globally.

The International Blue Carbon Initiative — a partnership among CI, IUCN and IOC-UNESCO — is an integrated program focused on mitigating climate change by conserving and restoring coastal marine ecosystems globally.

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Conservation International’s Approach

At CI, we don’t focus on one sector or one issue. And we’re not interested in short-term fixes. Instead, building upon a foundation of science, partnership and field work, we find global solutions to global problems.​​

The CI approach is simple, yet transformative. It is based on the integration of three fundamental elements:

  1. Protecting our natural wealth
    The most fundamental aspect of our approach is to protect the places that we cannot afford to lose — the spectacular but vulnerable places on land and at sea that are especially important to humanity, the places that provide our food, water and the air we breathe.
  2. Fostering effective governance
    The ability to protect our natural wealth can only occur in places where there is a political commitment to do so, where policies support such actions and capacity exists to carry them out. We work with governments to ensure that they have the knowledge and tools to enact policies that are good for their people, now and for generations to come.
  3. Promoting sustainable production
    Finally, and in tandem with the first two elements, forward-thinking policies and practices must be in place to promote sustainable production practices. We work with companies — including those with a big impact in sectors like mining, energy and agriculture — to help make sure that industry doesn’t undercut nature’s ability to support us.
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