CCI seeks to transform the global understanding and conservation of biodiversity. Through this, we aim to secure a sustainable future for all life on Earth.

The Cambridge Conservation Initiative (CCI) is a unique collaboration between the University of Cambridge and ten leading internationally focused biodiversity conservation organisations.

Based in the David Attenborough Building, Cambridge, UK, the CCI partners represents the largest cluster of conservation organisations in the world.

Our strong convening power allow us to directly engage with a wide audience globally, from leaders in government, business, academic and NGO communities to the general public.

CCI’s work spans disciplines, organisations and continents. As a global network of leaders in research, education, policy and practice we are fostering a greater awareness of conservation issues, and accelerating positive change towards sustainable living.

“The future of our life on Earth is dependent on the natural world. In this remarkable age we are learning more and more about the intricacies of our dependence on nature. Yet our natural world is threatened as never before, and no one institution, however effective, can hope to address all these threats alone.

It is for this reason that the work of the Cambridge Conservation Initiative is so exceptional. By bringing together leaders in research, practice, policy and teaching, we stand the greatest chance of developing the solutions required to save our planet.”

– Sir David Attenborough, Honorary Patron, CCI

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Vision & Strategy

CCI's vision is to secure a sustainable future for biodiversity and society through an effective partnership of leaders in research, education, policy and practice.


The University of Cambridge and nine internationally focused conservation organisations have created the Cambridge Conservation Initiative as a way of achieving more effective interdisciplinary, collaborative approaches to the study and conservation of biodiversity.

Our Work

CCI's innovative collaborative programmes integrate conservation research, policy and practical action. They span large scale landscape restoration, leadership and capacity building as well as the role of the arts in conservation.

Our people

The Cambridge Conservation Initiative (CCI) is led by the CCI Council, which comprises of leaders from each of the partner organisations. Sir David Attenborough is our Honorary Patron.

CCI Conservation Campus

CCI is located in the Conservation Campus in the David Attenborough Building - where leaders in academia, business, government and non-governmental organisations can interact and work together.


By working in collaboration CCI partners are having a huge impact on biodiversity conservation across the globe.


CCI is enormously grateful to the benefactors and other funders for their generosity that makes CCI’s overall work and programmes possible

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