CCI’s distinctive contribution to conservation derives from the unique combination of a world class university that is active in conservation research and teaching, with the world’s largest cluster of conservation organisations that focus on biodiversity research, policy and practice. Building on each partner’s existing programme of conservation work, CCI joins these organisations together to tackle complex and challenging issues with innovative approaches, using a multi-disciplinary approach that cannot be achieved by any one organisation 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.

Based on this, CCI adds value to biodiversity conservation by:

  • Capitalising on the critical mass of skills and expertise that exists amongst the world-leading organisations in Cambridge working on conservation issues.
  • Working beyond organisational boundaries through co-location and closer collaboration and convening.
  • Integrating research, policy development, capacity building to transform biodiversity conservation practice through authoritative insights and influence.
  • Creating a momentum to draw in others to respond rapidly to the big biodiversity conservation challenges.