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.

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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CCI Newsletter

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



Convening Conservation

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, …

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

Blog Posts

Para resolver algunos de los mayores desafíos de la conservación de la vida silvestre, a veces todo lo que tenemos que hacer es …

Welcoming a new year also means saying goodbye to the old one, and 2019 was definitely a special year for Defenders as we celebrated …

From fewer than 30 to now around 3,000, the world’s rarest goose is on the rise!