All Topics

Conservation Internati​onal focuses on a wide range of topics related to ecosystems, biodiversity and human well-being, all around the world. See where.


Climate Change

Our food system, our economies, our cities and our communities — they’re all adapted to the climate we currently live in. But what if the climate changes too fast for us to keep up? The fate of the one and only planet we’ve ever called home is uncertain. It is in everyone's interest to come together to address the challenges we face.

Field Projects

Sometimes, to make conservation happen, you’ve got to get your boots muddy. Charles Darwin. Mary and Louis Leakey. Jane Goodall. Oftentimes, the most remarkable science is done by people with their feet in the proverbial mud.

Food: Agriculture and Fisheries

Soils. Water. Healthy oceans. Without these building blocks of nature, people would starve. Today, 842 million people do not have enough to eat. And the pressures on our food system are only growing. We must figure out how to feed the world — without destroying it.


Robert Frost had it right — the woods are lovely, dark and deep. They’re our respite. Our places of peace. Our natural air filters. Our water factories. Our medicine cabinets. We literally can’t live without them. So why are they disappearing?

Fresh Water

Water is life. It’s vital. It supports the immense diversity of life on Earth. It’s a source of food, health and energy. Fresh water makes civilization possible.​ But fresh water, in turn, isn’t possible without a healthy planet — and human actions are putting a healthy planet at risk.

Funding Conservation

Nature provides vital, unmatchable and ongoing returns to all of humanity. An investment in our planet is an investment in our future. We can’t protect our lands, waters and other natural resources without long-term financial commitments.

Gender and Conservation

Men and women use natural resources in different ways and therefore have different needs, priorities and interests when it comes to conservation. Demonstrating how men and women can work as partners in conservation is critical for success.

Global Stability

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.


There are places on Earth that are both biologically rich — and deeply threatened. For our own sake, we must work to protect them.

Innovating with Business

Business is the engine that drives global economic growth. What if companies were also conservation champions — taking bold, practical actions that benefit people, the planet and the bottom line?


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.

The Ocean

The ocean makes life on Earth possible. It nourishes our bodies and our souls. It influences our weather, fuels economies and connects distant lands. It is vast, deep, powerful and mysterious. And it’s in trouble.

Partnering with Communities

From the Amazon to Africa, and all around the world, communities are on the front lines of conservation.

Responsible Mining and Energy

Demand for natural resources like minerals, oil and gas continues to grow — but at what cost to the planet that sustains us? Our global economy is fueled by natural resources extracted from the Earth, but removing them can cause erosion, pollution, deforestation and species loss. As development increasingly encroaches on formerly pristine areas, we must find ways to work in harmony with nature.

Science and Innovation

We can’t protect our planet, and the people who depend on it, unless we understand it.


It is often said that “everything returns to the sea.” For many people all over the world, they never left.

Wildlife Poaching and Trafficking

Illicit wildlife trafficking is valued at billions of dollars per year — behind narcotics and illeg​al arms trades.

Working with Governments

Nature’s ability to meet our needs for food, water, energy and other essential services for human well-being requires sound government policy and smart funding choices.