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EditPhoto Title:Global Stability
EditPhoto Description:Conserving natural resources promotes stability, helps minimize national and global security risks and provides for the well-being of people.
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EditImage Description:Udzungwa National Park's Sanje Waterfall overlooks farmland that depends on its water.
EditPhoto Credit:© Benjamin Drummond
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The loss of forests, fresh water and fertile soils — and the resulting competition for these increasingly scarce resources — can lead to instability, conflict, radicalization and, in the worst case, failed states.

Why is global stability important?

National and Global Security

Natural resources and the services that they provide — fresh water, food, life-saving medicines — are essential for the stability of societies. Degrading these resources can jeopardize the security of nations and regions.

Jobs and Prosperity

Billions of people around the world depend directly on the land and the oceans for their livelihoods. Stable societies are essential for generating long-term employment and income opportunities in tourism, manufacturing, fishing, agriculture and other industries.

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EditResult value:> $7 billion
EditResult field:in illegal wildlife trade per year
EditText:Wildlife trafficking
Wildlife trafficking is a global business valued at more than US$ 7 billion. Money from wildlife poaching and trafficking is directly linked to the funding of dangerous rebel organizations and terrorist networks, including the Janjaweed militia in Darfur, the Lord’s Resistance Army in Uganda and others.


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EditResult value:40%
EditResult field:people who face water scarcity
EditText:Water scarcity
More than 40% of the world’s population currently lives in areas where the available water resources do not fully meet people’s needs. A recent assessment by the U.S. intelligence community predicts that future water shortages will likely cause declines in food production and undermine livelihoods.


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EditResult value:2x
EditResult field:more food needed by 2050
EditText:Threats to food and agriculture
Based on current demand, scientists predict we will need to double the amount of food we produce to feed everyone on Earth by 2050. But the world’s agricultural productivity and food security are in jeopardy from water depletion, soil erosion, the loss of pollinators and other threats.


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    EditResult value:> $21 billion
    EditResult field:lost or stolen revenue
    EditText:Illegal fishing and logging
    Illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing practices account for more than 11 million tons of fish catch — a market value of more than US$ 10 billion — each year. The illegal timber trade is estimated to generate at least US$ 11 billion in annual revenue for organized crime. These practices create unfair market competition for law-abiding workers while also decimating forests and marine life.
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    CI’s solutions

    CI’s DirectConnectionSM initiative works to raise awareness of nature’s vital role in improving human well-being. The initiative focuses on educating government and private sector leaders about the importance of natural resources and building support in order to inspire action. The program’s outreach efforts focus on the direct connection between international conservation and U.S. economic and national security interests.

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    EditImage Alt Text:Aerial, Kaieteur Falls, Potaro River, Guyana. © Conservation International/photo by John Martin
    EditCaption Title:Promoting Economic, National and Global Security
    EditCaption Description:There is a direct connection between international conservation and U.S. economic and national security interests.
    EditLink URL:/projects/Pages/Promoting-Economic-National-and-Global-Security-Direct-connection.aspx
    EditLink Text:Read More


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    EditCaption Title:Engaging America’s Leaders on Global Conservation Issues
    EditCaption Description:CI provides information and analysis to policymakers on the importance of funding key international conservation programs that are directly connected to U.S. economic and national security interests.
    EditLink URL:/projects/Pages/Engaging-Americas-leaders-on-global-conservation-issues-us-policy.aspx
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    EditImage Alt Text:African Elephant (Loxodonta africana) Gorom, Cameroon. © CIFOR / Daniel Tiveau
    EditCaption Title:Combating Wildlife Trafficking
    EditCaption Description:To help stop wildlife trafficking, 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.
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    EditCall to Action Title:What can you do?
    EditCall to Action Description:Your support sends a message. By supporting Conservation International, you are acknowledging the direct connection between our environment and the well-being of people all over the world.
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    Edit Section subtitle:Harrison Ford, Rob Walton and Wes Bush discuss the direct connection between international conservation and U.S. security interests.
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    Edit Section Title:Shop smart
    Edit Section subtitle:Look for the logos of the Forest Stewardship Council and the Marine Stewardship Council when shopping for wood and seafood products.
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    EditTitle:Fresh water
    EditImage Alt Text:Udzungwa National Park provides the communities that surround it with clean drinking water. © Benjamin Drummond

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    EditImage Alt Text:Fisherman cast a net to catch fish. © Keith A. Ellenbogen

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    EditTitle:Working with Governments
    EditImage Alt Text:Essequibo River Longest river in Guyana, and the largest river between the Orinoco and Amazon. © Pete Oxford/iLCP
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