Not A Moment To Lose
2021 Annual Report
Deadline for humanity to achieve carbon neutrality to avoid climate catastrophe
Deadline for a worldwide initiative to protect 30% of earth’s land and ocean area
The clock is ticking. We don’t have a moment to lose
In the second year of a global pandemic, Conservation International pressed ahead to confront climate breakdown, the pivotal challenge of our time. We made major strides in science and policy to protect the oceans — the origin and the engine of all life on this planet. Our researchers helped to pinpoint the places in nature that most need to be conserved, as we worked with partners to funnel millions of dollars to protecting and restoring them.
Here are a few of the highlights.
Conservation International helped forge a breakthrough at international climate negotiations. Nearly 150 countries committed to end forest loss by 2030 and more than 30 financial institutions pledged to eliminate deforestation from their portfolios by 2025
With assistance from Conservation International, Costa Rica announced it would expand its protected ocean area from 2.7% to more than 30%
By 2028 CI Ventures aims to invest $25 million in 100 deals, leading to the sustainable management of 500,000 hectares (1.2 million acres) of land and sea, and supporting the livelihoods of 60,000 people
The Priceless Planet Coalition — a partnership of Conservation International, Mastercard and the World Resources Institute — is helping to restore some of Earth’s most valuable forests, with the goal of planting 100 million trees by 2025
A forest carbon project supported by Conservation International has helped Indigenous Maasai pastoralists and Kamba agriculturalists conserve and restore 404,000 hectares (1 million acres) of land in southeast Kenya
Our Supporters Make It Possible
“As someone who loves nature, I believe it is important to reflect on how our health as a species is tied to the overall health of our planet. We must work to stop deforestation to prevent future pandemics, and we must collectively take action to combat climate change. I believe that our future depends on it. That’s why I support Conservation International’s mission, and I’m proud to be a part of their Leadership Council and Nature Is Speaking campaign.
Thank you, CI, for everything that you do.”
Actor, Leadership Council Member
“We feel a deep and enduring connection to the Surf Conservation Partnership and its mission to protect precious marine and coastal areas. Engaging with this initiative so intimately — financially, intellectually and emotionally — has been one of the greatest joys of our lives. We are proud to be founding partners of this inspiring movement.”
Shannon & Bryce Skaff
Founding Partners of the Surf Conservation Partnership
“I love the Earth. Nature teaches us about ourselves and gives us everything we need. So it’s essential that we collaborate. While many organizations are working to protect the planet and support humanity, I chose Conservation International because they are well managed and effective. Leaving a lasting gift to Conservation International feels right.”
Interior Design & Fashion Consultant, Future of Life Society Member
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A global pandemic slowed the pace of life. It did not, however, slow climate breakdown. With only a decade left to avoid the worst impacts of climate change, stalled action in 2020 provided a setback just when progress was needed most.
Yet Conservation International forged ahead. Read the highlights.
We are in the midst of a crisis that is the greatest humanity has ever faced. The Amazon is burning. The Arctic is melting. And in a time when our assault on nature has given rise to deadly zoonotic diseases, one has become a catastrophic pandemic.
But the young are raising their voices full of determination, resolve and rage. Listen to them: if we do not take care of our planet, nothing else will really matter.
What if nature reached its fullest potential as a climate solution? What if nature and people could thrive in the same place, forever? What if we could protect the ocean at a scale unlike any we've seen before? What if we could spur innovations in science and finance that accelerate conservation everywhere? What if we stand together and dramatically increase progress for the future?
At Conservation International, we are proud to have some of the leading minds in natural and social science, policy, finance and business working together to improve people’s lives through the care and protection of nature. Their insights are helping societies develop and thrive in a more sustainable, equitable way.
Since our beginning, in 1987, Conservation International has worked with partners to protect more than 1.5 billion acres of the most critical landscapes and seascapes around the world — equivalent to two thirds of the United States. It is an impact visible from space. And it has changed the trajectory of global conservation and positively impacted the lives of millions of people in over 30 countries.