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Nature provides vital, unmatchable and ongoing returns to all of humanity. An investment in our planet is an investment in our future.


We can’t protect our lands, waters and other natural resources without long-term financial commitments. That’s why Conservation International works to find innovative, successful and lasting ways to fund conservation.


Alongside our partners, we’re establishing endowments that fund protected areas. We’re helping to relieve countries of their debts in exchange for investments in important ecosystems. And we channel funds to partner organizations around the world — so they can find innovative ways to make conservation happen.

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Edit Item Title:Secure healthy ecosystems
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Edit Item Text:CI works to find the funding to ensure that the most critical areas on Earth — places that provide us with our food, our water and more — remain intact. We set up trust funds for protected areas. We provide grants to help people maintain their water supplies. And we help finance work that protects regions rich with life — all to secure a future for Earth’s most critical life support systems.
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Edit Item Text:Our funds directly benefit local communities — with far-reaching effects. Under “conservation agreements,” for example, CI works with communities that agree to patrol protected areas, stop illegal hunting and more. In return, communities receive benefits such as education, health services, wages and agricultural support. People everywhere benefit, too, in the form of a more stable climate and healthier ecosystems.
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    Edit Item Title:Generate jobs
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    Edit Item Text:Businesses of all sizes have an important role to play in conservation while they help grow our economies. CI recognizes this important truth. We work with governments and the private sector to develop, and invest in, business models that generate jobs — while reducing pressure on nature and supporting balanced economic growth.
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    Edit Item Title:Effectively channel funding
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    Edit Item Text:Money might not grow on trees. But in the hands of the right people, it can help keep them standing. We channel funding from our donors into the hands of local organizations — groups that have the knowledge and the power to find solutions from the bottom up. We've invested more than US$ 250 million in such organizations — and we’ve been able to leverage that funding by bringing in another US$ 500 million from our partners. And we're just getting started.
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    EditTitle:By the numbers
    EditSubtitle:50 million hectares protected
    EditText:CI has played a key role in creating 17 endowments for protected areas that collectively total US$ 135 million — including US$ 109 million from partners. These endowments support more than 50 million hectares (124 million acres) of critical ecosystems and the people who depend on them.
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      EditText title:Global Conservation Fund (GCF)
      EditText:Made possible by a grant from the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation, the GCF gives local communities, nonprofits and governments the financial and strategic assistance they need to protect their biological riches. Since 2001, the GCF has protected more than 80 million hectares (197 million acres) around the world and contributed more than US$ 1 million in wages to local economies.
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      EditCaption Title:Brazil’s Kayapó: Stewards of the Forest
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      EditCaption Title:Phoenix Islands Protected Area
      EditCaption Description:Innovative partnerships are protecting one of Earth’s last remaining marine wilderness areas. As one of the world’s most remote island chains, the Phoenix Islands — located within the Republic of Kiribati in the heart of the Pacific Ocean — comprise an island archipelago and ocean wilderness area of immense global value.
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      EditText title:Carbon Fund
      EditText:Protecting Earth's standing forests is one of the most immediate and cost-effective ways to fight climate change. CI’s Carbon Fund helps by awarding grants that support low-emission business projects, provide incentives to stop deforestation and deliver tangible benefits to local communities. Working with the private sector, the fund also supports “carbon offsets,” through which companies invest in projects that reduce CO2 emissions from deforestation. The Carbon Fund has become a leader in the field by channeling nearly US$ 20 million in carbon finance since 2009, resulting in emissions reductions that are the equivalent of taking more than 1 million cars off the road for a year.
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      EditCaption Description:Collaborative work between CI and the San Martín regional government is leading the path toward a new, sustainable economic development model for Peru.
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      EditCaption Title:Madagascar Communities Profit from Forest Conservation
      EditCaption Description:In the land of lemurs, people are tapping into carbon markets to support alternative liveli​hoods and improve their well-being while securing critical forest and water resources.
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      EditSection Title:Conservation Stewards Program (CSP)
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      EditImage Description: Farmers Reap Benefits of Improved Grazing Practices
      EditText: In many parts of the world, communities are using their land, water and other natural resources in unsustainable ways — simply because there is no economic alternative. When conservation offers concrete benefits to rural farmers and local communities, protecting the environment becomes an increasingly viable and attractive choice. CI’s CSP works with locals who agree to protect their natural resources and the benefits they provide, in exchange for a steady stream of compensation from investors.
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      EditSection Title:Critical Ecosystem Partnership Fund (CEPF)
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      EditImage Description: Healthy Fish Habitat Secures Food and Income
      EditText: CI is one of seven donors in the CEPF. This organization, founded in 2000, provides grants to communities, nonprofits and private sector partners that can help protect Earth’s most biologically rich, yet threatened, regions. These regions, known as “hotspots,” are also home to more than 2 billion people — many of whom are extremely poor and directly dependent upon nature for their survival.
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      EditText title:Verde Ventures
      EditText:CI’s Verde Ventures program provides access to funding in the form of loans and grants to small and medium-sized business around the world. Whether they work in agriculture, ecotourism or fisheries, these businesses share one thing in common — a commitment to practices that benefit both ecosystems and human well-being.
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      EditCaption Title:Playa Viva Eco-resort Promotes Jobs and Turtles
      EditCaption Description:Playa Viva, a boutique hotel and eco-resort located in the state of Guerrero on the Pacific Coast of Mexico that is situated near an important sea turtle sanctuary, is developing an eco-friendly business model while supporting a neighboring sea turtle sanctuary.
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      EditCaption Description:Promoting sustainable business practices is a key element to conserving the unique habitats of Madagascar, where there are very few sustainable economic opportunities for rural populations. Working in the northern region of the country, Madécasse produces fine chocolate and vanilla products grown in the area adjacent to the Tsaratanana Nature Reserve.
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      EditSection Title:Conservation Leadership Programme (CLP)
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      EditImage Description: Community-based Conservation in the Philippines
      EditText: The CLP, a partnership that includes CI and three of its peer organizations, gives funding to early-career conservationists in developing countries. These emerging leaders receive both the financing they need for conservation projects and the training, mentoring and networking opportunities that can help them advance their careers.
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      EditSection Title:Althelia Climate Fund
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      EditText: CI is a partner in the Althelia Climate Fund, which brings much-needed private sector investment to projects that reduce deforestation as an integral part of global efforts to reduce CO2 emissions. Althelia investments focus on carbon projects that deliver environmental benefits as well as economic benefits that improve the livelihoods of forest communities.
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      EditNewsletter Title:Keep in touch
      EditNewsletter Message:Get the latest updates on our conservation funding — and the rest of CI’s conservation work — delivered to your inbox.
      EditNewsletter Confirmation Message Title:Thank you for joining
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      EditDonate Message:​​​Donate to CI to protect all the parts of nature we can’t live without.​​
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      EditImage Alt Text:Women sell traditional crafts, Konashen Community-Owned Conservation Area in the Konashen Indigenous District, Southern Guyana. © Piotr Naskrecki

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