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.

Open Data

Defenders develops and promotes open science and technologies that expand everyone’s ability to conserve wildlife and habitat.

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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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