New Collaborative Fund for Conservation projects announced

19th June 2017

CCI is pleased to announce the successful projects in this year’s round of the Collaborative Fund for Conservation. As is the case every year, the Selection Panel had a difficult choice, given the quality of the applications received. The seven proposals that were eventually chosen range from a project working with start-up businesses to embed sustainability into their business models to a collaboration looking to develop spatial maps of the threats wildlife faces around the globe. 

The full list of funded projects is below. In due course each of these projects will have its own dedicated page on the CCI website, where you will be able to read more about what the project intends to do and how, and keep up to date with project progress. 

Bringing biodiversity into the heart of natural capital approaches

Biodiversity is insufficiently incorporated into private sector natural capital assessments. As a result activities designed to reduce impact on natural capital tend to focus on water and carbon, overlooking biodiversity considerations. This project will engage with key stakeholders to explore how biodiversity can be better represented and integrated into such assessments.  

Collaborators: Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership; UN Environment World Conservation Monitoring Centre; RSPB; BirdLife International; Fauna & Flora International; Department of Geography; Natural Capital Coalition; European Business and Biodiversity Platform

CCI engagement in defining the post-2020 biodiversity agenda 

With the Strategic Plan for Biodiversity 2011-2020 and associated Aichi Biodiversity Targets coming to an end in 2020, discussions are now beginning on the post-2020 biodiversity strategy and how this will be developed. This project aims to contribute to debates around the process for measuring the success of the existing Targets, the development and adoption of a post-2020 biodiversity strategy, and the options for new biodiversity targets.

Collaborators: UN Environment World Conservation Monitoring Centre; University of Cambridge Departments of Geography and Zoology, RPSB; BirdLife International; IUCN; WWF-UK; ZSL; The Secretariat of the Convention of Biological Diversity 

Embedding environmental sustainability in the start-up ecosystem

Business activities have a massive effect on environmental conservation, and start-up companies represent a significant part of the future of business. This project will develop a proof of concept to demonstrate how to build capacity amongst entrepreneurs, their supporters and financial backers to integrate sustainability into business models from the outset. 

Collaborators: Fauna & Flora International; University of Cambridge Institute of Manufacturing; Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership; Cambridge Judge Business School; Tropical Biology Association

Putting climate change adaptation into conservation practice 

Uncertainty about the success of different interventions for climate change adaptation is a barrier to effective practice by conservationists. With increasing evidence for climate change impacts, this project will review and publish the evidence about the effectiveness of different adaptation interventions, and disseminate that information as guidance to practitioners. 

Collaborators: British Trust for Ornithology; BirdLife International; Fauna & Flora International; University of Cambridge Department of Zoology; University of Stellenbosch

A global audit of biodiversity monitoring

There is a growing demand for data to track the changing state of biodiversity, such as trends in species’ populations. This project will undertake a global audit of biodiversity monitoring, identifying the major taxonomic, geographic and temporal gaps in coverage, and suggest ways to close them. The work will help to improve the monitoring of threatened species and Key Biodiversity Areas, and will feed into work undertaken as part of agreements such as the Convention on Biological Diversity. 

Collaborators: BirdLife International; RSPB; UN Environment World Conservation Monitoring Centre; IUCN; University of Cambridge Department of Zoology; Centre for the Study of Existential Risk; IUCN SSC Species Monitoring Specialist Group; ZSL 

Learning from Citizen Science approaches to map threats to wildlife globally and inform conservation policies  

Understanding where threats to wildlife are greatest is important for prioritising and planning responses. This project will use methodologies from citizen science to analyse threats to thousands of vertebrate species assessed in the IUCN Red List and develop spatial maps based on the IUCN classification of threats. These maps will be validated against remotely-sensed data. The outputs from this project will be of high relevance for conservation planning and will have an impact on conservation on the ground, as well as informing policy and conservation responses at a global level. 

Collaborators: University of Cambridge Department of Zoology; UN Environment World Conservation Monitoring Centre; IUCN; BirdLife International; Centre for Ecology and Hydrology; ZSL; University College London

The Group and Organisation Future of Conservation Survey (GO-FOX) Project

Building on the success of the Future of Conservation Survey, and responding to demand from potential users, this project will develop a new tool that enables conservation organisations better to understand the values held by their staff, and to use this knowledge to inform their organisational culture, development and conservation strategies.

Collaborators: UN Environment World Conservation Monitoring Centre; Fauna & Flora International; University of Cambridge Department of Geography; University of Leeds; University of Edinburgh