2019 Collaborative Fund for Conservation projects announced

26 Jun 2019

Following a meeting of the CCI Collaborative Fund for Conservation Selection Panel, CCI is pleased to announce the projects chosen by the panel to receive funding from the Collaborative Fund in 2019. Six innovative, collaborative conservation projects were chosen for funding. 

We are very grateful for the support of the donors which make the Collaborative Fund possible - Arcadia, a charitable fund of Lisbet Rausing and Peter Baldwin, and also the Rothschild Foundation, the Isaac Newton Trust and the Prince Albert II of Monaco Foundation.

The full list of funded projects is below. In due course each of these projects will have its own dedicated page on the CCI website, where you will be able to read more about what the project intends to do and how, and keep up to date with project progress.

Nudging for nature: Mapping the opportunities for improving conservation by better incorporating human behaviour

Conservation has been slow to utilise new ideas from psychology and behavioural economics about shifting human behaviour through addressing social norms, messenger effects, cognitive biases and default decisions. This workshop-centred study will systematically explore the potential for impacting conservation using such tools, and plan an agenda for testing them.

Collaborators: University of Cambridge Departments of Geography and Zoology, RSPB, TRAFFIC, Tropical Biology Association, University of Cambridge/Institute of Public Health and Department of Psychology, Wildlife Conservation Society, Imperial College London, University of Oxford, Bangor University, University of Vermont, The Nature Conservancy, Johns Hopkins University/ University of Minnesota.

Global Swimways – balancing conservation of migratory fishes and development

This project will provide new information and tools to evaluate impacts of the global proliferation of dams (current and planned) on freshwater migratory fishes. We will employ the new “Swimways” concept, where a swimway is defined as a path used in fish migration, to promote this work.

Collaborators: IUCN, UNEP-WCMC, University of Cambridge Department of Zoology, World Fish Migration Foundation (WFMF),BirdLife International, RSPB.

The Green List of Species: towards a Standard for measuring species recovery

The world lacks a standardized framework for measuring species recovery comparable to the way we do extinction risk. This project will ensure the emerging Green List of Species is fit for purpose to help end-users set (and measure) ambitious recovery targets and attribute actions.

Collaborators: IUCN, Fauna & Flora International, BirdLife International; University of Cambridge Department of Zoology, Durrell Wildlife Conservation Trust, Global Wildlife Conservation, University of Oxford, National Geographic, Stony Brook University, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, University of Newcastle, Wildlife Conservation Society, Zoological Society of London.

Integrating science, policy and sustainable development to address African-Eurasian migrant landbird declines: African perspectives on a flyway-wide issue

Flyway-wide collaboration is key to effectively support conservation action for declining migrant landbirds across their range. This project brings together African science and policy experts in collaboration with European experts to review existing science, policy and practice, and explore innovative trans-disciplinary opportunities to deliver migrant landbird conservation across rapidly-changing landscapes.

Collaborators: BirdLife International, RSPB, BTO, Cambridge University Department of Geography, AP Leventis Ornithological Research Institute, Leventis Foundation Nigeria, University of Lagos FitzPatrick Institute of African Ornithology, Namibia Nature Foundation, Convention on Migratory Species (CMS) & African-Eurasian Migrant Landbirds Action Plan, Migrant Landbird Study Group University of St Andrews.

Developing tailored remote monitoring protocols for sites of biodiversity importance

Over 16,000 Key Biodiversity Areas (KBAs) have been identified globally, but their health and integrity are not monitored systematically. This project aims to develop, publish and disseminate long-term indices of change in all KBAs using a suite of remote sensing products tailored to the characteristics and needs of each site.

Collaborators: RSPB, BirdLife International, University of Cambridge, Department of Zoology, KBA Secretariat, Google Earth Outreach, KBA Technical Working Group

Plastic connectivity: disentangling the problem of plastic pollution to pelagic seabirds

This project will evaluate the risk of plastic encounter by small pelagic seabirds, using an extensive tracking dataset and models of marine plastic distribution. This project will communicate results to relevant authorities, NGOs, corporates and the public, providing a robust, evidence-based assessment of the scale of the plastics problem for seabirds. 

Collaborators: BirdLife International, University of Cambridge Department of Zoology, Fauna & Flora International, British Antarctic Survey.