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.

Science

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

Technology

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

Policy

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

Events

Convening Conservation

The Partnership for Action in Conservation Technology (PACT) is a day-long workshop for leaders in conservation and technology to …

As we move out of the information age and into the attention age, conservation organizations need new tools to tell their story, stand …

There is limited publicly available information on the ranges of too many species listed under the U.S. Endangered Species Act (ESA), …

Blog Posts

Maps of a species’ range can be very coarse–the resolution of whole counties or even states–but that’s usually …

A few weeks ago, the Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES) released the summary of …

When you think of the U.S.-Mexico border, a myriad of ‘hot-button’ issues may go through your head. Ethical dilemmas, …

At the Center for Conservation Innovation our mission is to find new and improved ways to protect species that are close to the brink …

The Endangered Species Act (ESA) is considered one of the strongest laws in the world for protecting wildlife, and for good reason. …

Themes Across Our Work



Planning

Planning is the first step in effective and efficient conservation: we need to know the goal and what science says is needed to get there.

Implementation

After the planning stage, we set to work carrying out necessary actions to make conservation work. That may be as broad as implementing the Endangered Species Act (ESA) or as focused as building a fence to keep cattle from trampling habitat for Chiricahua leopard frogs.

Monitoring

Monitoring is essential to effective and efficient conservation: we need to know the effects of our actions on wildlife, from the benefits of actions to recover species to the consequences of authorizing harm.