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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.

CCI Newsletter

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



Convening Conservation

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 …

As we move out of the information age and into the attention age, conservation organizations need new tools to tell their story, stand …

Blog Posts

Here in the Center for Conservation Innovation at Defenders, we wondered if and how we can leverage machine learning to protect …

Working for solutions to climate change has long been a focus of Defenders’ work, from mitigation to adaptation, and species-specific …

The globe celebrated a major milestone with the 50th anniversary of landing a human on the moon. It has been a time of reflection on …

The U.S. Endangered Species Act (ESA) is one of the strongest laws in the world for protecting imperiled species - in large part …

Themes Across Our Work


Planning is the first step in effective and efficient conservation: we need to know the goal and what science says is needed to get there.


After the planning stage, we set to work carrying out necessary actions to make conservation work. That may be as broad as implementing the Endangered Species Act (ESA) or as focused as building a fence to keep cattle from trampling habitat for Chiricahua leopard frogs.


Monitoring is essential to effective and efficient conservation: we need to know the effects of our actions on wildlife, from the benefits of actions to recover species to the consequences of authorizing harm.