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.

CCI’s mission is to deliver transformational approaches to understanding and conserving biodiversity and the wealth of natural capital it represents.

CCI’s strategic objectives are to:

  • Increase the effectiveness of conservation actions by catalysing innovative and collaborative interdisciplinary work that delivers sustainable solutions for natural resource management.
  • Enhance global leadership and knowledge exchange through capacity building, training and networking.
  • Foster and champion a comprehensive understanding of the values of biological diversity in order to address the urgent need for sustainable biodiversity conservation.
  • Engage with and provide analysis to inform decision-making by government, industry and civil society in local, national and international contexts.
  • Find new ways of working beyond organisational boundaries through co-location and closer collaboration and convening.

As a collaboration, CCI partners together are committed to helping others in:

  • Achieving greater impact on biodiversity conservation.
  • Aiming to evaluate these impacts in a measurable way.
  • Operating with integrity and independence.
  • Delivering authoritative support using our evidence base, scientific rigour, collective insight and innovative approaches.
  • Sharing a high-level strategic understanding drawn from a wide set of perspectives.
  • Linking policy and research to provide options and recommendations on delivering outcomes, blending academic and practical approaches.
  • Using a strong convening power to access a large pool of expertise with experience at local and global scales.
  • Offering integrated and bespoke support based on their needs.
  • Building their own capacity around biodiversity conservation.

Delivering the CCI 2012 – 2020 Strategy

CCI’s 2012 – 2020 strategy sets out an ambitious vision to tackle a major global challenge – the totally unsustainable depletion of the world’s biological diversity. Delivering the strategy requires institutions, and the people who work in them, to cross traditional boundaries between research, policy and practice, between disciplines and between cultures. It involves taking risks, exploring new ways of working and embracing new ideas.

In adopting the 2012 -2020 strategy, all CCI partners are committing to work more closely together in the belief that this will make a significant difference to biodiversity conservation.

To measure the impact of the collaboration the partners have together developed a Five Year Plan of activities, targets and high level performance indicators.

Download the CCI 2012 – 2020 Strategy

Download the CCI Five Year Plan

Themes and scope

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

1. 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

2. 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

3. 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

4. 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

5. 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