Solving conservation challenges, collectively

We are an independent institute offering fresh perspectives on critical conservation challenges and helping develop new solutions that deliver real, sustainable change.

For the last three years, under our 2015 strategy, we created opportunities, support and evidence for collective conservation action, experimenting with a range of approaches that mix scientific, local and experiential knowledge.

Our portfolio included helping protected areas adapt to climate change, testing a ‘big data’ approach to show the links between watershed health and human health, assessing the biodiversity impact of agricultural commodities, and identifying solutions to reduce the environmental footprint of cities.

Early in 2017 an expert external evaluation confirmed that our projects were generating solid results. It also suggested that the institute could operate at a much higher level of ambition. We have taken up the challenge and, with the help of key partners, have designed a new strategy for the next five years.

Our new focus will be to bring together the knowledge and resources of stakeholders from different scientific fields, governments, local communities and business, to work collectively on solving pressing issues through:

  • Thought leadership to provide new ways of thinking about how conservation is designed and implemented;
  • Incubation to translate emerging ideas into practical action;
  • Insight to challenge existing approaches; and
  • Rapid-response dialogues to help our partners respond to contentious issues in a scientifically robust way.

Through these four workstreams, we will tackle issues of different scale, scope and level of urgency.

The solutions generated will be based on new science and knowledge, policy measures and on-the-ground action that will benefit biodiversity and society.

Read the summary of our 2017-2022 Strategy and our Annual Report 2016-2017 which outlines the achievements of the institute’s first phase.

 

People are tired of the science and information overload. We need to forge workable solutions collectively with scientists, decision makers, implementers, business and communities, harnessing their diverse expertise.

Jon Hutton, Director

Main image: African savanna elephant (Loxodonta africana africana); Masai Mara National Reserve, Kenya. Photo © Martin Harvey / WWF

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