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Meet the startup that's making seaweed more sustainable
In the past decade, seaweed production has boomed as researchers and investors eye its climate potential. Yet alongside seaweed’s promise, there are pitfalls. A company in the Philippines is working to change that.
October 11, 2023
When COVID halted wildlife tourism in Kenya, one area weathered the storm
Every year, Kenya’s Maasai Mara region attracts droves of tourists, eager for a glimpse of one of the largest movement of animals on Earth. Until 2020, when everything changed. Yet, what began as a crisis presented new opportunities.
July 6, 2023
Meet the South African startup putting cattle to work for conservation
Livestock herding and wildlife conservation are often perceived as conflicting pursuits, with the belief that one must come at the expense of the other. However, in South Africa, a fresh approach centered on Indigenous knowledge is challenging this perception.
June 12, 2023
When protecting nature helps build peace
As climate change accelerates, there's a growing sense of urgency to address how changes to our ecosystems can lead to conflict. For years, Conservation International has worked to bring environmental peacebuilding and conflict sensitivity to its work.
May 25, 2023
As pandemic pounded Peru, one region thrived on coffee, carbon
Across Peru, the COVID-19 pandemic has left millions without jobs. But in the Alto Mayo Protected Forest, where the Amazon meets the Andes, coffee farmers were spared much of the economic devastation that gripped Peru’s cities and towns.
April 9, 2021
Kenya’s wildlife tourism, a casualty of COVID, gets a lifeline
The loss of tourism revenue in the Maasai Mara could spell trouble for the very species that tourists come to see. Now, wildlife conservancies are getting a lifeline.
November 19, 2020
In Galápagos, novel conservation approach finds ‘sweet spot’ between production, protection
A Conservation International expert explains how an integrated approach to protection and production could help humanity transform how we manage the lands and seas we depend on.
September 2, 2020
My ‘aha!’ moment: In Madagascar, a fisheries discussion without the fishers
How working with octopus fishers in Madagascar led Kame Westerman to make a surprising discovery about women and conservation.
March 7, 2017
New pact enlists locals to help protect a jewel of South America
A new agreement will enable local communities in Suriname to generate income in a way that keeps their forest and traditional livelihoods intact.
August 22, 2017
When it comes to food production, sustainability pays. Here’s how
Students are finding ways for sustainable fishers and farmers to make more money.
June 5, 2018
What makes a good nature photo? An expert explains
Human Nature sat down with Conservation International’s photography manager to talk about three of her favorite photos.
June 14, 2018
Where reefs are restaurants, challenge is keeping them stocked
Scientists develop research to curb overfishing in Hawaiian Islands.
December 11, 2017
A tug of war in the night
From a poacher of bush meat to a small-business owner, Magic Mabunda illustrates the transformation underway in the communities outside Kruger National Park.
August 4, 2017
In the news: Escaped lions highlight plight of park neighbors
A recent case of escaped lions in South Africa’s Kruger National Park is a tragic example of the tension that can exist between people and wildlife around protected areas.
July 14, 2017
As native plants vanish, parched Moroccan peaks get seeds of hope
Community nurseries are helping mountain villagers protect their livelihoods in the face of a changing world.
November 15, 2016
‘People are more important’: A conversation with Anote Tong
With its vast expanse of ocean, the Pacific island nation of Kiribati is experiencing the future of our oceans now.
June 7, 2017
These women protect the trees that protect Ecuador
Mangroves do more than protect coasts — they’re also lifelines for nearby communities.
November 10, 2016
To protect its precious tuna, Pacific islands look to the north
Leaders from the Pacific Islands learn about fisheries management from Iceland.
January 19, 2018
Two ears, one mouth
In South Africa’s Eastern Cape conservationists are connecting with local communities through culture, science and shared values.
August 9, 2017
Where unsustainable mining once reigned, ‘radical change’ beckons
Conservation International is helping indigenous peoples in the region to shift their economic dependence from mining to sustainable tourism, capitalizing on the draw of the salt flats.
January 31, 2019
In wind-swept Andes, (sustainable) vicuña wool is good as gold
Find out how one woolly species is supporting conservation work and livelihoods for communities in Bolivia.
November 7, 2019
The forest behind your perfume
In the forests of Venezuela, three villages have found a crucial source of livelihood amid the country’s roiling economic crisis.
August 29, 2016
To improve crop yields, just add trees
In an Indonesian province plagued by deforestation, a group of women farmers has found a more sustainable way to feed their families.
October 20, 2016
‘My Africa’ field notes: Good fences can make uneasy neighbors
Conservation International works to conserve wildlife while delivering justice to communities in South Africa.
March 23, 2018
In a country where coffee is king, sustainability is brewing
CI experts traveled to Nicaragua to learn how McDonald’s coffee roasters are helping local coffee farmers and their communities.
May 23, 2017
The future of Africa, in 6 charts
If Africa’s economic growth continues at the cost of its natural capital, the continent’s future as a global leader will be in jeopardy.
July 19, 2016
Charting a sustainable path in a land of peat, oil palm and pollution
Indonesia is the world’s top palm oil producer — yet too often, yields come at the expense of nature’s health.
November 17, 2016
What on Earth is ‘land tenure’?
The concept of land tenure has major implications for conservation.
October 6, 2016
How Incan ruins and Brazil nuts are fighting deforestation in Bolivia
Through conservation agreements, indigenous Bolivian communities are expanding their incomes while leaving forests standing.
March 3, 2017
‘My Africa’ field notes: Portraits of hope for Africa’s elephants
Here are some of our favorite photos taken at the Reteti Elephant Sanctuary, with stories about the elephants and the caregivers who look after them.
April 4, 2018
As Indonesia’s dry season looms, a new tool can predict daily forest fire risk
Amid escalating fires, Indonesia searches for a “Smokey the Bear”-type warning system.
July 12, 2016
As Colombia pursues peace, nature could be powerful bridge
One of the country’s greatest assets offers a powerful route toward reconciliation.
September 30, 2016
An accidental ranger finds his calling
When a scientist finds himself in the middle of anti-poaching operations, he asks himself whether there is a better way to conserve nature.
July 31, 2017
Threats to protected areas jeopardize global freshwater supplies
Where does your water come from? The answer may surprise you.
July 15, 2016
‘Time to fix things now’
In the farming town of Matatiele, a partnership is protecting Africa’s most biodiverse grassland and bringing prosperity through livestock auctions.
August 7, 2017
What ‘sustainability’ means to a lifelong coffee farmer
Editor’s note: On National Coffee Day, we’re taking a look at the people who make your morning cup of joe
September 29, 2017
Conservation beyond fences
On the world’s youngest continent, finding conservation solutions means going outside the traditional toolbox of protected areas.
August 16, 2017
For Colombia’s fishers, embracing sustainability brings better pay
The EcoGourmet program connects independent fishers to local restaurants.
November 28, 2017
We can be heroes: Local leaders with super powers for conservation
Fifteen conservationists came together at the World Conservation Congress to showcase the power of community action for the environment.
September 9, 2016
To thrive in an uncertain future, islanders look to the past
“Gwala” is the traditional practice of temporarily closing off a reef when it begins to show signs of decline, allowing the ecosystem to recover.
February 21, 2018
Building guesthouses — not mines — on South Africa’s Wild Coast
In a time when it’s more dangerous than ever to be an environmental activist, three brave women continue fighting to protect the land they love.
June 23, 2016
Saving the mangroves to save the clams — and a way of life
A community in Colombia ensures their mangroves and clams are around well into the future.
June 21, 2018
Conservation science tackles a perplexing subject: people
A groundbreaking social scientist, Mike Mascia represents an evolution for a discipline that has long focused on the natural sciences.
July 24, 2017
‘We are not tourist attractions’: Indigenous leaders assert their voices in conservation
Indigenous peoples are Earth’s original — and perhaps last — stewards. Their leadership could define the next generation of conservation.
May 5, 2017
Voices of the Alto Mayo: Women in charge
María Hernández describes her life in the Alto Mayo and how it has changed since she and her sister, Maximila, signed a conservation agreement.
April 3, 2018
Starbucks makes special delivery to ensure the future of coffee
CI’s director of sustainable coffee markets visited Guatemala to see how coffee trees are grown and delivered to farmers as part of the Starbucks “One Tree for Every Bag” commitment.
September 14, 2017
Voices of the Alto Mayo: ‘The forest gives me everything’
Abdías Vásquez describes his life in the Alto Mayo and how it has changed since he signed a conservation agreement.
March 27, 2018
Our critical allies for elephants
Elephants illustrate a core truth about conservation work: It must be done alongside local communities.
August 12, 2017
Growing cleaner, better coffee in the ‘land of a thousand hills’
Conservation agreements are helping Rwandan coffee farmers improve production — and fetch a better price.
September 23, 2016
Europe moves to restrict import of unsustainable palm oil
Earlier this month, the European Parliament passed a resolution aiming to limit the import of palm oil that has caused deforestation. The Parliament also called for new sustainability criteria for palm oil entering the European market.
April 22, 2017
In parched South Africa, herders find ally in nature
Higher prices for cattle plus healthier rangelands means small-scale ranchers are better prepared for the next drought.
May 2, 2017
3 reasons elephants make the best mothers
On this Mother’s Day, here are three reasons why elephants make some of the best mothers.
May 10, 2018
What does gender have to do with conservation?
Human Nature talked to Conservation International field staff about their perspectives on why gender matters in conservation.
March 9, 2018
The most valued anti-poaching equipment? It may surprise you
In recent years, the battle against wildlife poaching in Africa has taken a high-tech turn. But for rangers on the ground, the basics can make all the difference.
May 25, 2017
Cacao plantations: Home sweet home for Madagascar’s lemurs?
CI funded new research that found Madagascar’s lemurs are making homes within cocoa plantations.
December 21, 2017
To fight deforestation, one country changed the equation
In Ecuador, it pays to save the forest.
November 23, 2015
In protecting their forests, these women transformed their futures
For International Women's Day, we are celebrating the women of the Roro tribe in Papua New Guinea.
March 6, 2019
Protecting Africa’s oceans to secure our futures
Jessica Donovan-Allen, senior director of Conservation International Liberia, discusses why ocean conservation is vital in western Africa.
March 20, 2019
Where to target ocean conservation? New research points the way
Around the world, oceans are providers: of food, of livelihoods, of entire economies. But, where do people depend on them the most? Knowing this could help to better protect marine ecosystems.
December 20, 2018
In Papua New Guinea, protection of nature hinges on local support
In one of the world’s richest natural environments, a rare step is being taken to work with local people to protect it.
July 6, 2016
Guyana aims to shift economy from gold to green
A new initiative aims to improve mining practices and ease the country’s transition to a greener economy.
January 27, 2017
Women scientists describe challenges of careers in conservation
Women scientists at Conservation International discuss their experiences with gender in the world of conservation.
February 10, 2018
Worldwide launch: Experience ‘My Africa’ in virtual reality
Conservation International released its “My Africa” virtual reality project to the world in seven languages.
April 30, 2018
To save elephants, it takes a village
Kenya’s Reteti Elephant Sanctuary — the first community-owned elephant sanctuary in East Africa — provides a place for injured elephants to heal and a home for elephants orphaned by poaching.
November 1, 2017
4 things you didn’t know elephants do for you
On top of being amazing creatures, elephants actually make life better for all of us, sometimes in surprising ways.
March 28, 2018
Climate, labor issues roil coffee sector: report
Climate change, poor labor conditions and the uneven distribution of value within the coffee sector are brewing a triple shot of trouble for coffee.
June 20, 2018
6 facts you need to know about mangroves
Mangroves are a key piece of how we address climate change. It’s time we stop overlooking them.
July 25, 2016
In Indonesia, villagers find innovative ways to adapt to climate change
A new study shows that using nature to adapt to intense storms and drought can be affective for thriving in a changing climate.
June 19, 2018
Sweet news: Cacao making a comeback in Mexico
In Mexico, a new effort is boosting cacao production while protecting forests in the process.
October 27, 2017
Coffee’s bitter side: addressing labor conditions
The coffee sector has a labor problem — and the Sustainable Coffee Challenge is working to fix it.
September 21, 2017
What on Earth is ‘sustainable’ coffee?
What makes coffee “sustainable,” and why it even matters.
September 29, 2016
What on Earth is the ‘blue economy’?
On the first day of the Economist World Ocean Summit, we break down the “blue economy.”
March 7, 2018