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To ensure the development of successful, replicable strategies to conserve the ecosystem services provided by freshwater systems and other ecosystems, CI and our partners are implementing pilot projects in different regions. These projects integrate science and natural resource management to inform policy and land-use decisions regarding dam development, agricultural development, watershed management, and tourism development.
Results are also translated into conservation plans, habitat restoration actions, and sustainable landscape designs to demonstrate and help pay for conserving biodiversity and maintaining ecological functions across terrestrial and aquatic biomes.
These projects are testing the extent to which standardized approaches are possible across different contexts and provide insights on how our ecosystem services and freshwater approaches can be adapted to varying sociopolitical, economic and cultural contexts.
The following are some highlights from CI’s field projects around the world.
In October 2007 our scientists were able to conduct a biological survey of Virachey National Park, one of Cambodia’s most unique protected areas.
Freshwater resources around China’s town of Lijiang are in short supply. This audio report demonstrates our partnerships that are ensuring water forever runs through the ancient town.
CI is working with local partners to protect the critical groundwater system of the Yucatan Peninsula. Beneath the Yucatan Peninsula is an underground system of streams and lakes so vast it contains about 25 percent of Mexico’s total fresh water supply.