In the Center for Conservation Innovation at Defenders of Wildlife, we work at the intersection of science, technology, and policy to find creative, practical solutions for better conservation.


We lead and collaborate on original research into the realities of how conservation laws and policies are implemented.


We develop and deploy new technologies to collect and communicate actionable conservation data.


We think creatively about how science, technology, and policy are developed together and advocate for tightly integrated solutions.

CCI Newsletter

Find out more about what’s happening with the Center for Conservation Innovation.


The Endangered Species Act 101

Learn how the Endangered Species Act (ESA) works in our new series hosted by Meg Evansen, our Conservation Science & Policy Analyst!

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Convening Conservation

EWN is the intentional alignment of natural and engineering processes to efficiently and sustainably deliver economic, environmental …

The Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute partners with the private sector to understand the impacts of infrastructure development …

WRI’s ‘Data into Action’ strategy combines open data platforms, information and communication technologies, …

Blog Posts

Today, like everyone around the world, we are watching the coronavirus pandemic unfold and affect millions of lives. We don’t yet …

If COVID-19 is this bad for us humans, what impacts do viruses have on wild animals?

Cumberland monkeyface. Rough rabbitsfoot. The shiny pigtoe. They’re not dance moves - they’re mussels! And they are a just …