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

When Congress passed the Endangered Species Act in 1973, it said that species of fish, wildlife, and …

Climate change impacts animals in the wild in numerous ways. It can also amplify the effects of …
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