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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:GULF OF ADEN (Feb. 25, 2012) Sailors assigned to the visit, board, search and seizure team practice vessel boarding techniques aboard the guided-missile destroyer USS Halsey (DDG 97). Halsey is the flagship for Combined Task Force 151, a multinational, mission-based task force working under Combined Maritime Forces, to conduct counter-piracy operations on Southern Red Sea, Gulf of Aden, Somali Basin, Arabian Sea, and Indian Ocean.
EditPhoto Credit:© U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Christopher Farrington/Released/U.S. Pacific Fleet/Flickr Creative Commons
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The loss of forests, fresh water and fertile soil — and the resulting competition for these increasingly scarce resources — can ​lead to instability, conflict, radicalization and, in the worst cases, failed​ states.

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EditCircle icon:icon-elephant
EditResult value:> US$ 10 billion
EditResult field:per year
EditText:Wildlife trafficking
Wildlife trafficking is an illicit US$ 10 billion global enterprise. 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 and the Lord’s Resistance Army in Uganda.


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EditCircle icon:icon-water
EditResult value:>1.2 billion
EditResult field:people
EditText:Water scarcity
More than 1.2 billion people currently live in areas with scarce water supplies. A recent assessment by the U.S. intelligence community predicts that future water shortages will likely cause declines in food production and threaten livelihoods.


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EditCircle icon:icon-food
EditResult value:35% more
EditResult field:food needed
EditText:Threats to food and agriculture
The U.S. National Intelligence Council predicts that global food demand will grow by 35% by 2030. But the world’s agricultural productivity and food security are in jeopardy from threats including water depletion, soil erosion and the loss of pollinators.


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    EditResult value:> US$ 21 billion
    EditResult field:annual revenue
    EditText:Illegal fishing and logging
    Illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing practices account for more than 11 million metric tons of fish catch — with 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 Direct Connection​ 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 inspiring actions that contribute to the sustainable management of those resources. The program’s ou​treach efforts focus on the direct connection between international conservation, resource scarcity and U.S. economic and national security interests.

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    EditImage Alt Text:Aerial view of clear cut portion of forest.
    EditCaption Title:Direct Connection
    EditCaption Description:There is a direct connection between international conservation and U.S. economic and national security interests.
    EditLink URL:/direct-connection
    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 tied to U.S. economic and national security interests.
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    EditCaption Title:Wildlife Poaching + Trafficking
    EditCaption Description:To help stop wildlife trafficking, CI has joined forces with 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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    EditImage Alt Text:U.S. Capitol Building © compassandcamera
    EditCaption Title:U.S. Government Policy
    EditCaption Description:Addressing the world’s most pressing environmental challenges requires deep engagement with the U.S. government. CI works to build bipartisan support for international conservation, providing key information and advice to the U.S. legislative and executive branches.
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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 link 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:Community Engagement Meeting - Bahnlah