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EditImage Description:Women sell traditional crafts, Konashen Community-Owned Conservation Area in the Konashen Indigenous District, Southern Guyana
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From the Amazon to Africa, and all around the world, communities are on the front lines of conservation.


Whether it’s in a skyscraper or on a cul-de-sac, most people on Earth live in urban areas. But many people also live close to the forests, grasslands and oceans that benefit us all. These communities have valuable knowledge about how to live in harmony with nature.


Unfortunately, nature’s destruction will hit them first — and hardest. Already, threats like deforestation, overfishing and climate change are undermining their ability to protect the very habitats that provide everyone with food, water and clean air.


Conservation International is working to turn this around. We’re connecting communities to funding, training and technology — so that protecting nature also protects their livelihoods.

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Edit Item Text:Several CI programs provide much-needed funding to communities. This funding gives communities incentives to maintain protected areas — and the opportunity to benefit directly from protecting nature.
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Edit Item Title:Building community capacity
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Edit Item Text:When communities protect nature, it helps them secure a strong future. But not every community has the tools, training and technology it needs to do so. CI provides communities with these resources, increasing their awareness and knowledge of important topics such as climate science, conservation and the management of protected areas, so they have the capacity to get the job done.
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Edit Item Text:CI connects communities to governments and companies so that they can work together to develop policies that benefit everyone. We also connect communities with one another — so that they can exchange information and become a powerful, unified voice for change.
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EditSubtitle:US$ 250 million in grants
EditText:Working with our partners in the Critical Ecosystem Partnership Fund, which offers grants to organizations that can protect Earth’s most biologically-rich places, CI has helped to provide more than US$ 250 million in grants to more than 1,800 community partners — including small farming cooperatives, indigenous groups and community associations.
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    EditText:Funding the long-term protection of nature helps local communities. It provides jobs and training — and it supports conservation activities that can help alleviate poverty.
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    EditImage Alt Text:© Will Turner
    EditCaption Title:Economic Incentives to Protect Ecuador’s Forests
    EditCaption Description:CI aided the government of Ecuador with the conception, execution and monitoring of the Socio Bosque Program. This program has already protected 1.2 million hectares (3 million acres) of vital forest and improved the well-being of 150,000 people.
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    EditImage Alt Text:© Conservation International/photo by Solofoniaina Ralaimihoatra
    EditCaption Title:Avoiding Deforestation in Madagascar
    EditCaption Description:The health of Madagascar’s forests is intimately tied with the health of society. To improve livelihoods in the country’s Ankeniheny-Zahamena Corridor, CI is working on “conservation agreements” — arrangements that give local communities financial incentives to conserve forests for the benefit of their communities.
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    EditImage Alt Text:© Conservation International/photo by David Emmett
    EditCaption Title:Cambodia’s Central Cardamoms Protected Forest
    EditCaption Description:In the beautiful, vital Central Cardamoms Protected Forest (CCPF) of Cambodia, CI is working with local communities to develop conservation plans that protect the forest and benefit people.
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    EditImage Alt Text:© Cristina Mittermeier
    EditCaption Title:Conservation Stewards Program
    EditCaption Description:In many parts of the world, communities don’t use natural resources sustainably — simply because there is no economic alternative. To break this cycle, protect nature and improve communities’ qualities of life, CI’s Conservation Stewards Program (CSP) benefits locals who agree to protect important habitats and the benefits they provide.
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    EditText title:Empowering conservation champions
    EditText:Conservation has the power to creative positive change in communities. CI helps make it happen by connecting community members to the information, funding and opportunities they need to sustainably manage their land. We’re also creating opportunities for communities to learn from each other — as well as from leading experts — to create positive change on the ground.
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    EditCaption Title:Indigenous Leaders Conservation Fellowship
    EditCaption Description:Climate change and the loss of biodiversity pose serious challenges to local communities. This fellowship provides opportunities for indigenous peoples to explore the ways that traditional knowledge and scientific information can be used to create solutions to these challenges.
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    EditCaption Title:Brazil’s Kayapó: Stewards of the Forest
    EditCaption Description:Working in the Brazilian Amazon, CI supports the Kayapó indigenous people in their efforts to protect their culture and their habitats.
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    EditImage Alt Text:© Guilherme B. Ferreira
    EditCaption Title:Conservation Leadership Programme
    EditCaption Description:Alongside partners in conservation and business, CI is working to give future conservation leaders the skills they need to address the most significant conservation issues of our time.
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    EditSection Title:Informing policy from the ground up
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    EditImage Description: Developing a Sustainable Economy in San Martín, Peru
    EditText: Policymakers often lack access to information about the ways that communities are affected by their work. CI programs are helping to bring the expertise and experience of indigenous peoples and local communities to the national and international policy arenas.
    READ MORE: Developing a Sustainable Economy in San Martín, Peru
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    Edit Section Title:Shop smart
    Edit Section subtitle:Look for certified labels on products you buy. Communities can be paid higher prices for producing these products on sustainably managed land.
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    Edit Section Title:Travel sustainably
    Edit Section subtitle:Visiting a community-owned ecotourism destination supports community livelihoods in some of the world’s most awe-inspiring locations.
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    EditNewsletter Title:Keep in touch
    EditNewsletter Message:Get the latest updates on CI’s work with communities around the world delivered to your inbox.
    EditNewsletter Confirmation Message Title:Thank you for joining
    EditNewsletter Confirmation Message Text:You should expect to recieve a Welcome email and periodic updates on our work.
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