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EditPhoto Description:The loss of forests, fresh water, fertile soils and pollinators — and the resulting competition for scarce resources — can lead to instability, conflict and even failed states
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There is a direct connection between international conservation and U.S. economic and national security interests.

The unprecedented drawdown of natural resources poses enormous challenges — not only for the United States, but around the world. As the world’s population grows from 7 billion to over 9 billion by 2050, global demand for food, water and energy will double, further testing nature’s ability to provide for people.



Our role

CI’s DirectConnectionSM initiative works to raise awareness, build support and inspire action on the vital role of nature in promoting economic, national and global security.

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    Edit Item Text:Through the DirectConnectionSM initiative, CI works to inspire government and private sector actions that contribute to the sustainable management of the world’s natural resources. The initiative’s education and communication efforts highlight examples of natural resource impacts and security risks resulting from illegal logging, wildlife trafficking, fresh water scarcity, soil degradation, illegal fishing and other threats to the world’s natural ecosystems.
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    Edit Item Title:Combat wildlife trafficking
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    Edit Item Text:Wildlife trafficking has become a US$ 7-10 billion dollar global business. An estimated 35,000 African elephants were killed in 2012 to feed the global black market for ivory. Money from poaching is directly linked to funding of rebel organizations and terrorist networks like the Janjaweed militia in Darfur, the Lord’s Resistance Army in Uganda and al Shabaab in Somalia, which is now linked with al-Qaeda. CI has joined forces with the Clinton Global Initiative, the Royal Foundation of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry, the governments of the United States and Botswana, and other partners to help stop wildlife trafficking.
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    EditQuote Text (Do not add quotation marks):[Resource] scarcities are likely to hit hardest on poorer states, leading in the worst case to internal or interstate conflict and spillover to regional destabilization.
    EditQuote Attribution:U.S. National Intelligence Council
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    EditTitle:Climate
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    EditImage Alt Text:Night falls over Rio de Janeiro. © Nikada

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    EditImage Alt Text:Scientists set a camera trap. © Benjamin Drummond

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    EditTitle:The Ocean
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    EditImage Alt Text:Coral reef in Viti Levu, Fiji, Oceania. © William Crosse