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Sometimes, to make conservation happen, you’ve got to get your boots muddy.


Charles Darwin. Mary and Louis Leakey. Jane Goodall. Oftentimes, the most remarkable science is done by people with their feet in the proverbial mud.


At Conservation International, we work on the ground with partners in more than 30 countries. Our scientists are getting their hands dirty to prove our belief that human prosperity, now and in the future, depends on nature. Their work is serving as an example for everyone, from businesses to governments to other scientists, who must protect nature for the benefit of us all.

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EditSubtitle:12 million people
EditText:We're working on the ground around the world to help an estimated 12 million people in their efforts to sustainably manage nearly 405 million hectares (1 billion acres) of lands, rivers and oceans.
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    EditText title:Protecting nature’s bounty
    EditText:All of nature supports life on Earth. But the benefits that people receive from nature are concentrated in certain places. At CI, we identify, prioritize and protect these critical areas. Through our work, we ensure people’s access to fresh water, a bountiful food supply, resilience against climate change and other necessities — not just today, but for generations to come.
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    EditImage Alt Text:Areng River, Cardamom Mountains, Cambodia. © Conservation International/photo by David Emmett
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    EditImage Alt Text:Tayrona National Park, El Cabo San Juan. © Christopher Schoenbohm
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    EditCaption Description:The water, coasts and mountains of Colombia directly benefit 80% of the population — and are critical to protecting against climate impacts.
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    EditImage Alt Text:Fisher in Timor-Leste. © UN Photo/Martine Perret
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    EditCaption Description:The world’s third youngest country, Timor-Leste is facing extreme humanitarian, development and environmental challenges. ​
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    EditImage Alt Text:Girl, Nadakuni Village. © Levi S. Norton
    EditCaption Title:Sustainable Development for Fiji’s People
    EditCaption Description:The Sovi Basin is Fiji’s largest remaining undisturbed lowland forest, providing fresh water to tens of thousands of people.
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    EditImage Alt Text:The project area of Gonggashan N.R. © Conservation International/photo by Nan Yang
    EditCaption Title:New Solutions for Rural Pollution in China
    EditCaption Description:The mo​untain ar​​​ea of sout​hwest China is a critical freshwater supply for more than 20 million people, providing an essential resource for sustaining human well-being and economic growth.
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    EditText:Many communities around the world depend directly on nature for the food, water and livelihoods that sustain them. CI works closely with these communities. Our projects aren’t just designed to help people responsibly care for their natural wealth; we’re also working to deliver tangible benefits to communities, keeping them healthy and prosperous.
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    EditImage Alt Text:Portrait of a woman in the village of Ayukre. Brazil, Kayapo Indians, Xingu region. © Cristina Mittermeier
    EditCaption Title:Brazil’s Kayapó: Stewards of the Forest
    EditCaption Description:CI supports the Kayapó indigenous people in their efforts to protect their culture and habitats and secure economic independence.
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    EditImage Alt Text:Iron ore mining in Liberia. © jbdodane/ jbdodane.com
    EditCaption Title:Responsible Mining in Liberia’s Nimba Mountains
    EditCaption Description:Extraction of Nimba’s high-grade iron ore could threaten healthy natural reserves and the well-being of local people.
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    EditImage Alt Text:Santa Cruz highland forest. © Will Turner
    EditCaption Title:Economic Incentives to Protect Ecuador’s Forests
    EditCaption Description:Families and indigenous communities are receiving direct economic incentives to conserve their native forests. The program is alleviating poverty for thousands of Ecuadorians.
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    EditImage Alt Text:Children in the Ankeniheny Zahamena Corridor, Madagascar. © Conservation International/photo by Solofoniaina Ralaimihoatra
    EditCaption Title:Avoiding Deforestation in Madagascar
    EditCaption Description:The health of a forest is proving to be intimately tied with the health of society.
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    EditText title:Shaping policies
    EditText:Governments have the power to make or break a critical conservation effort. And policymakers around the world depend on CI to help them make sound decisions. With 27 years of conservation expertise under our belts, we’ve become trusted advisors to governments at every level — influencing decisions on ocean health, wildlife trafficking, forest conservation, freshwater resources and more.
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    EditImage Alt Text:Maasai women singing. © Marc Samsom 2008
    EditCaption Title:The Gaborone Declaration for Sustainability in Africa
    EditCaption Description:The visionary leadership of 10 African nations holds the promise of a sustainable future for the continent.
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    EditImage Alt Text:View from Mt Panié, New Caledonia. © Conservation International/photo by François Tron
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    EditCaption Description:The future economy of New Caledonia, a major global priority for conservation, will rely on protecting the archipelago’s natural resources.
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    EditCaption Title:Amapá: A New Development Model for the Amazon
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    EditCaption Title:Creating Healthy Sustainable Societies in Bolivia
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    EditText:By 2050, our Earth will have to feed nearly 10 billion people. And we’re making decisions, every single day, that will determine whether that happens — and whether Earth has the fertile soils, fresh water and other resources to make it happen. CI works on land and at sea, on issues from coffee farming to fisheries management, to ensure that meeting our food needs doesn’t come at the expense of ecosystems that support current and future generations.
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    EditImage Alt Text:Women in Sumatra. © Conservation International/photo by Ade Budi Kurniawan
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    EditCaption Description:Businesses, governments and communities unite to support low-carbon development, sustainable farming and biodiversity conservation.
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    EditNewsletter Message:Get the latest updates on our field projects—and the rest of CI’s conservation work—delivered to your inbox.
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    EditNewsletter Confirmation Message Text:You should expect to recieve a Welcome email and periodic updates on our work.
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