Themes and scope

The interdisciplinary approach and scope of CCI is focussed around five fundamental themes:

A. The values of nature

  • Reconnecting people and nature
  • Quantifying, monitoring and promoting the intrinsic, economic, social, political and biological values of biodiversity and ecosystems
  • Assessing the costs and benefits of conservation
  • Changing policy frameworks to ensure that environment and biodiversity have appropriate weighting alongside other indicators

B. Biodiversity conservation and human needs

  • Promoting strategies that address biodiversity conservation and alleviate poverty
  • Improving institutional, political and legal frameworks of conservation policy
  • Understanding the significance of the public's changing ideas about nature so as to improve conservation strategies
  • Analysing and strengthening mechanisms that underpin the reciprocal links between ecological and social change

C. Drivers and processes of biodiversity loss

  • Identifying, measuring and combating the drivers of ecosystem change and biodiversity loss
  • Understanding and addressing the impacts on nature of changes in water and land use, in food supply and demand, in energy resources and in patterns of energy use
  • Evaluating the trade-offs between biodiversity, poverty and development, and the mechanisms that drive these at local and international levels
  • Analysing public and private sector responses to biodiversity conservation challenges and the forces driving change
  • Evaluating and supporting the most effective means of reversing the decline in biodiversity

D. Climate change, biodiversity and ecosystem services

  • Assessing and reducing the current and future impacts of climate change and other rapid environmental change on biodiversity and ecosystem services
  • Predicting the impact on biodiversity of technological responses to global warming
  • Assessing the implications of a low-carbon global economy for the way conservation is practiced
  • Proposing and promoting sustainable solutions to future environmental changes

E. Indicators of biodiversity, environmental change and sustainability

  • Integrating diverse expertise to create effective and widely endorsed indicators to measure biodiversity, environmental change and sustainability
  • Building up and maintaining a reliable body of knowledge on biodiversity conservation and issues affecting it, and sharing that with conservation agencies, governments and businesses
  • Drawing together, adding value to and promoting the best use of environmental data sets for conservation