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Biodiversity conservation initiatives have unfulfilled potential to support the UN Sustainable Development Goals

September 2018

SDG Tool logo.jpgUCCRI has launched an online tool that allows conservation professionals to look at how biodiversity projects contribute to the SDG targets, and a new paper examining the potential of REDD+ projects to make a greater contribution towards SDG targets.

UCCRI is part of a new, multi-university network that will explore interdisciplinary ways of working in sustainability science

September 2018

Workshop in the David Attenborough Building. Image credit:Toby Smith/CCI

The University of Cambridge Conservation Research Institute is part of a new, multi-university network that will explore interdisciplinary ways of working in sustainability science. By finding out what works and identifying best practice, the network will help organisations move from experimenting with interdisciplinarity to embedding it as part of long-term institutional reform. Image: Toby Smith/CCI

August 2018

 Game of LifeOn 14 August, UCCRI hosted a training session for Game of Life, an interactive game for teaching about conservation designed by former PhD student Josie Chambers (Luc Hoffman Institute). Participants are randomly assigned a position in society, and have to decide how to play the game to “win”, depending on what that means to them. It explores the consequences of how resources are managed for society and the environment.

July 2018

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Congratulations to PhD student Charlotte Payne, who has been awarded one of the Vice-Chancellor’s Public Engagement with Research Award from Cambridge University for her work around edible insects. The University said “Working together with farmers and scientists at every stage, Payne developed a participatory research project on the sustainable use of edible caterpillars in southwestern Burkina Faso, and has explained the methods, aims and results to a variety of public audiences of all ages and backgrounds.”

Read Charlotte's BBC article "Edible insects: Do insects actually taste any good?

UCCRI screens The Last Animals

May 2018

Last animalsUCCRI was delighted to host a screening of the award-winning documentary The Last Animals, which looks at efforts to protect elephants and rhinos from poaching. The screening was followed by a panel discussion about illegal ivory trade with the film's director Kate Brooks, Professor Bhaskar Vira (UCCRI), and Professor Sam Wasser (University of Washington).  


May 2018

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Congratulations to UCCRI Director Professor Bhaskar Vira, who has been awarded the Royal Geographical Society's Busk Medal in recognition of his interdisciplinary research on economy, environment and development.




The major barriers to evidence‐informed conservation policy and possible solutions

April 2018

Sir CamA new paper looking at barriers to evidence informed conservation policy, written by a team including many UCCRI researchers, has been published. 

Read the open access paper. 


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UCCRI is an Interdisciplinary Research Centre, with a network of over 150 researchers from all 6 Schools of the University of Cambridge. The Institute supports multidisciplinary research on biodiversity conservation and the social context within which humans engage with nature. It works from a base in the David Attenborough Building, which is designed to enhance collaboration and the sharing of perspectives across organisational and disciplinary boundaries. Find out more...

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