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.

Automated change detection from CCI

Check out our new technologies for automated detection of habitat changes!

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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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Blog Posts

Defenders of Wildlife’s Center for Conservation Innovation (CCI) is creating cutting-edge technology to help officials and the …

The Endangered Species Act (ESA) is the strongest law in the world for protecting imperiled wildlife - from sea turtles to beach mice …

Every year, thousands of baby loggerhead sea turtles hatch along 1,300 miles of the beaches in the southeastern U.S. In a good year, …

CCI Newsletter

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



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, …