Collaborating to conserve biodiversity

The Cambridge Conservation Initiative aims to transform the global understanding and conservation of biodiversity by catalysing strategic partnerships between leaders in research, education, policy and practice, to secure a sustainable future for biodiversity and society.

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Who We Are

The Cambridge Conservation Initiative (CCI) is a unique collaboration between the University of Cambridge and leading internationally-focused biodiversity conservation organisations based in and around Cambridge, UK.

Click on each partner logo below to find out more about their work and their contribution to CCI.

Featured Project

Global Swimways – balancing conservation of migratory fishes and development

Anthropogenic use of water resources is unsustainable and driving high levels of decline and extinction within freshwater species, in large part following hydrological alteration and fragmentation in many of the world’s rivers. In particular, there has been a proliferation of dams in response to the increasing needs for food production (irrigation), water and power by a growing global population. Currently the environment impacts to migratory fishes are not fully understood or costed in planning dams.

This project will provide outputs to help inform the cost–benefit analysis of mega-scale river infrastructure developments focusing on the impacts to migratory freshwater fishes.

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Latest News

Embracing Failure in Conservation: October 2019 interim blog entry

The following blog is written by Iain Dickson, Impact Evaluation Officer, BirdLife International (project team member for the CCI Collaborative Fund project ‘Embracing Failure in Conservation’). To date the project has met the following milestones: Developed a process and template for collecting information on reasons/root causes of failure Solicited >280 anonymous reasons/root causes of failure…

Biodiversity in 2020: the biggest threats and opportunities

The annual CCI “horizon scan” has now been complete, with scientists and conservation professionals predicting mosquito-killing fungi and a kelp…

The Tony Whitten Conservation Prize 2019 Winners

Tony Whitten (1953-2017) was an inspirational conservationist who championed biodiversity across Asia and beyond. As a tribute to him we…

Flying tonight

Over the summer months, with the help of moth expert Annette Shelford, we’ve been investigating the night-time visitors to roof…