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The Cambridge Conservation Initiative (CCI)

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CCI's vision is to secure a sustainable future for biodiversity and society through an effective partnership of leaders in research, education, policy and practice.

The Cambridge Conservation Initiative (CCI) is a unique collaboration between the University of Cambridge and leading internationally-focussed biodiversity conservation organisations clustered in and around Cambridge, UK. It represents a critical mass of expertise — on a scale unparalleled anywhere in the world — at the interface of research and education, policy and action, for the conservation of biodiversity and ecosystems and exists to deliver transformational approaches to understanding and conserving biodiversity and the wealth of natural capital it represents.

CCI has been created by the partners to complement existing conservation efforts. It aims to do so by the partners collaborating together, and with others. Each CCI partner already has an active programme of conservation work. By joining together in strategic collaborations, however, as CCI we aim to tackle new and existing issues with innovative approaches, and across disciplines, in ways that cannot be achieved by any one partner alone.

CCI is uniquely placed to feed new thinking and training into worldwide conservation practice and policy through the partner conservation organisations and their networks. Similarly the experience, knowledge and information from on-the-ground implementation of policy and practice is fed into CCI's research and teaching.