Collaborative Fund Projects

Collaborative Fund Projects have had significant conservation impact - informing and helping to shape conservation policy and building capacity for conservation.

Every Collaborative Fund project addresses a high priority biodiversity conservation issue and includes some combination of research, education, policy and practice.

The majority of projects are focused on contributing to high-level global conservation processes (CBD, SDGs, IPBES) and/or to thematic areas that are widely recognised as global conservation priorities (climate change, Natural Capital, food production/security).

The CCI Collaborative Fund aims to facilitate innovative and necessary collaborations between CCI members, with particular emphasis on enabling successful partnerships between University of Cambridge Departments and conservation organisations based in the Cambridge area.

Select Collaborative Fund Projects are featured as Case Studies in our Impact section.

Find out more about the generous supporters of this fund and how the fund is managed on the Collaborative Fund information webpage.

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Delivering effective management for invasive alien species

Invasive alien species are a major threat to global biodiversity; however, harms can be mitigated through effective management. Detailed information on the effects of and implementation methods for management actions is often poorly reported, making effective, evidence-informed management challenging. We will co-design a platform allowing dynamic evidence collation on Invasive Alien Species (IAS) management actions…

Testing the transferability of Butterfly Banks as a habitat enhancement strategy across landscapes

Climate change is a growing threat to biodiversity, with rising temperatures and increased severity of extreme events threatening many taxa, particularly small ectotherms such as insects. Identifying management practices to protect insects is of global importance. One possible solution is to provide microclimate refugia within habitats, where cooler temperatures could allow vulnerable species to persist.…

Toward a CCI “West Africa Nature Transformation initiative”: strategic participatory development.

The project will conduct a comprehensive assessment of the Guinean Forests’ biodiversity threats and livelihoods, involving local stakeholders, identifying research questions, and establishing a participatory foundation for investigating catchment- and jurisdictional-based approaches. The findings will guide future efforts towards transformative conservation actions and economic trajectories in West Africa.

Scaling up agroforestry as a forest landscape conservation and sustainable livelihood strategy

Numerous initiatives have recently launched in West Africa to help scale up agroforestry, which is regarded as a potential nature-based solution to climate mitigation, adaptation, biodiversity, and rural livelihood challenges. To date, however, there has been limited success. It is thought that a lack of land tenure and knowledge about best practices are key barriers…

Where will new woodlands yield the greatest benefits for bird conservation?

Woodland creation, through both tree-planting and natural regeneration of trees on open land, can be a nature-based solution with numerous societal benefits including for biodiversity. However, the conversion of open habitats to new woodlands can negatively affect the conservation of open-habitat species, and much of the current policy and guidance on woodland creation focuses on…