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.

Timeline-based infographic of highlights of CCI's accomplishments from FY 2021.

CCI FY2021 Highlights

Highlights of CCI’s accomplishments - outputs linked to outcomes - in FY 2021.

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Getting to 30x30

Research from CCI combines biodiversity, ecosystem carbon, and protected areas data to set a baseline and guide policy for protecting 30% of U.S. lands and waters by 2030

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Getting to 30x30

Talks & Outreach

Section 10 of the Endangered Species Act provides that non-federal entities can obtain Incidental …

Nearly 200 countries have developed various forms of biodiversity strategies, but the United States …
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