Since its founding in 1987, Conservation International (CI) has worked to demonstrate best practices and funding models for sustainable development through improving natural resource management in the world’s biologically richest and most endangered ecosystems. With some 900 staff, CI works in more than 40 countries in Latin America, Africa, Asia and the Pacific.
Our Mission: Building upon a strong foundation of science, partnership and field demonstration, CI empowers societies to responsibly and sustainably care for nature, our global biodiversity, for the well-being of humanity.
Our Vision: We imagine a healthy, prosperous world in which societies are forever committed to caring for and valuing nature, for the long-term benefit of people and all life on Earth.
Our Challenge: Confronting our global environment and the needs of the world's human populations have never been greater; the future, quite literally, is in the balance. Every person on Earth deserves a healthy environment and the fundamental benefits that nature provides. But our planet is experiencing an unprecedented drawdown of these resources, and it is only by protecting nature and its gifts – a stable climate, fresh water, healthy oceans and reliable food – that we can ensure a better life for everyone, everywhere.
Our Values: As we work toward securing a healthy planet for today and for generations to come, we are guided by six fundamental values which inspire our work: passion, respect, integrity, optimism, courage, and teamwork.
Climate change is one of the greatest environmental issues of our time and we need to act quickly to prevent irreversible damage to our planet. CI is demonstrating the important role that ecosystems can play in mitigating and adapting to climate change impacts.
Water security is the reliable availability and quality of fresh water at the times and places where it is needed to meet the needs of people and other life on Earth. To achieve water security, CI's strategy targets the protection and restoration of the sources and flows of fresh water.
To support health security, CI focuses on valuing natural ecosystems in terms of health costs and vulnerability to natural disasters, disease emergence, disease incidence and transmission and nature's known and undiscovered contributions to medicine.
CI supports food security by ensuring wild harvests, conserving the ability of ecosystems to support productivity in agricultural areas, and resolving unsustainable resource and land use practices.
Landscapes, seascapes and species have played a fundamental role in science, arts, recreation and religion. CI works to help secure these services and the economic benefits they provide.
Biodiversity conservation provides substantial benefits to meet immediate human needs, such as those for clean, consistent water flows; protection from floods and storms; and a stable climate.
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