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Conservation International (CI)
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This is an extraordinary moment for our planet. Economic development has the potential to lift so many out of poverty, but too often it also places a burden on our one shared home.

Today, the world is beginning to understand that we must properly value the essential services nature provides if we are going to create a sustainable development path that will benefit all people for generations to come.

Now, Conservation International is seizing this unprecedented opportunity to set an ambitious agenda.

Our scientists, field staff and policy experts are: measuring the contribution of healthy ecosystems to human well-being; assessing the implications of development decisions;  putting cutting-edge, rigorously tested information in the hands of decision-makers and the public; and demonstrating through field models how economic opportunity and the stewardship of natural resources can leverage change at an international scale.

In order to have the most impact as quickly and effectively as possible, we will focus both marine and land-based efforts on:

working to secure a stable global climate

understanding and protecting the sources and flows of fresh water

ensuring nature’s ability to provide food for human needs

minimizing environmental pressures on human health

valuing the role of nature in human cultures

safeguarding the unknown and as-yet-undiscovered option values that nature provides.

The challenges of our day are great, but they are not insurmountable. At Conservation International, we aim to transform our greatest challenges into the greatest opportunity of our time.


Our work is inspired by the core values that have been with CI since day one: passion, respect, integrity, optimism, and courage. As we work toward securing a healthy planet for today and for generations to come, we are guided by five fundamental values.

We are passionate about nature and cherish the diversity of life from the sea bottoms to the mountain peaks.

We respect and trust each other, and we embrace the diversity of our cultures, talents, and experiences.

We make every decision with integrity and are accountable for the choices we make.

We are optimistic that life on Earth can be preserved and that with our partners we will witness unprecedented successes in conservation.

We have the courage to take bold action in the face of naysayers and critics, persevere through challenging 

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