The University of Cambridge and ten 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.

The scale of our expertise is unparalleled

Encompassing world-class conservation research, education, policy and practice, CCI has phenomenal ability to create innovative solutions for society and to strengthen conservation leadership and capacity across the world.

CCI was created by the ten partner organisations to complement their existing conservation work. Each partner has well-established programmes, specific areas of expertise and extensive global networks. In Cambridge they form the largest cluster of conservation organisations in the world.

CCI connects the partners’ complementary strengths to create synergies, helping to spark ideas for innovative and more effective ways to tackle the challenges facing global biodiversity. The partners work together to create and direct the initiative and are represented at a senior level on the CCI Council.

The University of Cambridge

Founded in 1209 and is the fourth-oldest university in the world. It is one of the world’s leading universities, committed to excellence in teaching and research across a broad range of disciplines. 121 affiliates of the University have received a Nobel prize - more than from any other institution.

BirdLife International

A global family of over 115 national partners covering all continents, landscapes and seascapes, working to conserve birds, their habitats and global biodiversity, and to promote sustainability in the use of natural resources.

British Trust for Ornithology (BTO)

A UK charity that harnesses the skills and passion of birdwatchers to advance our understanding of ornithology and produce impartial science - communicated clearly for the benefit of birds and people. Our vision is of a world where people are inspired by birds and informed by science.

Cambridge Conservation Forum (CCF)

An active network of over 60 conservation-related member organisations and institutions based in and around Cambridge and plays an important role as a founder member of the Cambridge Conservation Initiative.

Fauna & Flora

Founded in 1903, Fauna & Flora is the world’s longest established international conservation body and a registered charity. Fauna & Flora protects threatened species and ecosystems worldwide, choosing solutions that are sustainable, based on sound science and that take account of human needs. Operating in more than 40 countries, Fauna & Flora saves species from extinction and habitats from destruction, while improving the livelihoods of local people.

The International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN)

The world’s oldest and largest global environmental network. It helps the world find pragmatic solutions to our most pressing environment and development challenges by supporting scientific research; managing field projects; and bringing governments, NGOs, the UN, international conventions and companies together to develop policy, laws and best practice.

The Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB)

RSPB is the largest wildlife conservation organisation in Europe, with over a million members.. It speaks out for birds and wildlife, tackling the problems that threaten our environment. It works to secure the conservation of wildlife through research, education, habitat management and advocacy. RSPB is the BirdLife International partner in the UK.


TRAFFIC is a leading non-governmental organisation working globally on trade in wild animals and plants in the context of both biodiversity conservation and sustainable development whose mission is to ensure that trade in wild plants and animals is not a threat to the conservation of nature.

The Tropical Biology Association (TBA)

TBA has launched and supported the careers of over 2,000 conservation champions from 74 countries. It puts people at the heart of conservation, giving them the skills and support they need to be effective on the ground.

The UN Environment Programme World Conservation Monitoring Centre (UNEP-WCMC)

UNEP-WCMC is a global Centre of excellence on biodiversity and operates as a collaboration between the UN Environment Programme and the UK registered charity WCMC. UNEP-WCMC uses it's unique position to ensure science, knowledge and insights shape global and national policy, and collaborates with partners around the world to build capacity and create innovative solutions to environmental challenges.

Wildlife Conservation Society

WCS's goal is to conserve the world's largest wild places in 14 priority regions, home to more than 50% of the world's biodiversity. The challenges are greater than ever, but with the focus, dedication, and passion of a committed staff—combined with a unique mixture of field, zoo, and aquarium expertise—WCS will continue to set the bar for science, conservation action, and education that has driven our success in protecting wildlife and wild places for over a century. We hold ourselves to the highest standards, adhering to core values of respect, accountability and transparency, innovation, diversity and inclusion, collaboration, and integrity.