Conservation International

We work to create a healthy and productive planet for us all―because people need nature to thrive.

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Journey deeper than ever before into the worlds beneath the waves. Planet Earth: Blue Planet II premieres TONIGHT at 9/8pm Central on @BBCAmerica.

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Kenya’s Reteti Elephant Sanctuary — the first community-owned elephant sanctuary in East Africa — provides a place for injured elephants to heal and a home for elephants orphaned by poaching. Through a partnership with Conservation International, Reteti focuses on rescue and return where possible, with the goal of reuniting calves with their mothers within 48 hours.

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Twenty years ago, Iceland's fisheries were in poor shape — but through innovative technologies, the nation has transformed its fisheries and now serves as a model for other island nations. A delegation of Pacific Island leaders recently traveled to the country to see the progress firsthand. Learn more by clicking the link in our bio.

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People need nature to thrive, and nowhere is that more evident than in Africa. The continent’s population and economies are growing, but often at the cost of its natural capital — the forests, fresh water, soil and wildlife that its people rely on. Enter the Gaborone Declaration for Sustainability in Africa (GDSA), formed in 2012 with a commitment to put nature at the center of decision-making.

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Our friends at @aluciaproductions contributed some history-making television to the most-watched show in Britain, #BluePlanet2. Coming to US screens, beginning this Saturday, 1/20 at 9/8pm Central on BBC America.

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Our friends at @aluciaproductions contributed some history-making television to the most-watched show in Britain, #BluePlanet2. Coming to the U.S. this Saturday, 1/20 at 9/8pm Central on BBC America.

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In honor of #Sundance2018, here is a #throwbackthursday for the “Under the Canopy” VR film we hosted there last year. Under the Canopy is a virtual journey into the largest tract of tropical rainforest on our planet, the Amazon. Narrated by indigenous guide Kamanja Panashekung and actor Lee Pace, this film by CI and Jaunt VR takes you into the Amazon and urges the protection of world’s largest rainforest.

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The world’s coral reefs are experiencing bleaching events caused by climate change. Most scientists believe that “we will certainly lose reefs as we know them in most places." Only six of the 100 locations that the scientists examined have escaped severe bleaching, and this number is expected to decline.

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It's a wild world. Dive deeper when Planet Earth: #BluePlanet2 premieres Saturday, January 20 at 9/8c on @BBCAMERICA.

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Orphaned elephants are fed during their morning routine by their keepers at the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust center in Kibwezi, Kenya.

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When a company like McDonald’s acts, the world changes. Today, McDonald’s is changing how the world produces and disposes of food-related packaging. #ScaleforGood .

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Conservation International has been working with indigenous peoples and local communities for 30 years, developing expertise, credibility and trust with our partners. As one of the first organizations to develop a policy for partnering with indigenous peoples, CI recognizes the importance of full and effective participation for all communities in conservation.

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Coastlines are the front lines of climate change: By storing large amounts of carbon and protecting vulnerable coastal communities from rising seas, coastal ecosystems help us both mitigate and adapt to the effects of climate change. But if destroyed or degraded, these ecosystems release this “blue carbon” into the atmosphere, further contributing to climate change. To secure blue carbon, CI leads the Blue Carbon Initiative, a major research and policy effort to protect and restore coastal ecosystems.

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CI and Georgia Aquarium embarked on a whale shark expedition in Cenderawasih Bay to conduct the world's first health assessments on wild whale sharks. By inserting radio-frequency identification (RFID) tags into every shark they encountered, they were able to determine the size of the bay’s population while also monitoring individuals’ movements in the bay over the coming years.

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Check out our first episode in 2018 of “Nature Savers” as we sit down with Rachel Neugarten, Director of Conservation Priority-Setting. Rachel helps @ConservationOrg integrate ecosystem services and human well-being into its biodiversity conservation work.

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This year, alongside the #MonumentsforAll coalition, CI helped rally support for national parks and monuments, including Papahānaumokuākea, a critical marine protected area.

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#regram from @humansofny - “I have a big book about tiger conservation, and I always knew that the ocean was in trouble. But I didn’t really become an environmentalist until I got to grade one. That’s when I thought of many interesting ways to help. Some things you can do are reduce waste, carpool more often, spread awareness, plant trees, not cut trees, cut carbon emissions, and reduce nuclear disposal. I’m too young to start nuclear disposal because it’s dangerous and I don’t have the proper gloves. But I do recycle and keep plants on my balcony.” (Mumbai, India)

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Check out all you've helped Conservation International achieve in 2017. We're so proud of our community's accomplishments and we look forward to continuing to protect the nature that gives us so much in 2018. #YearinReview

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CI helped launch the Global Mangrove Alliance, a coalition dedicated to increase mangrove habitats globally by 20 percent by 2030. That's one example of how your generosity translates into tangible, science-based impacts for people and nature.

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Your generosity translates into tangible, science-based impacts for people and nature. One example from 2017:

CI protected more than 10,000 acres of Amazon rainforest this year through a generous donor match by S.C. Johnson.

More examples at: conservation.org/impact

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Your generosity translates into tangible, science-based impacts for people and nature. One example from 2017:
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CI helped rally the support of over 30,000 voices for Papahānaumokuākea, a critical marine environment in Hawai‘i and one of many U.S. national monuments that came under review after the unprecedented executive order initiated by the Trump Admin in April. .
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Check out all you've helped Conservation International achieve in 2017. We're so proud of our community's accomplishments and we look forward to continuing to protect the nature that gives us so much in 2018. #YearinReview

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Your generosity translates into tangible, science-based impacts for people and nature. One example from 2017: CI secured a groundbreaking commitment to improve human rights in the seafood sector and supported 25 small-scale coastal community fisheries across 13 countries to benefit over 100,000 fishers.

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Your generosity translates into tangible, science-based impacts for people and nature. One example from 2017: CI’s Meat Naturally program in South Africa made major strides in making traditional cattle herding more profitable and less taxing on the land. It created “green” jobs and new markets for local, sustainable beef.

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If we don’t stop the destruction of nature, nothing else will matter. Simple as that. #WeNeedNature

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This year, resolve to make a difference through everyday actions that help to protect the environment. Together, we can change the world. Here are 10 simple New Years resolution ideas to get you started:
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(1) REDUCE YOUR ENERGY CONSUMPTION. Making your home more energy efficient not only lowers energy bills, it also helps protect the environment.
(2) WASTE LESS FOOD. We’re all guilty of throwing away food at some point. In fact, roughly 1/3 of the food produced every year gets lost or wasted. The good news: reducing that waste is easy—it just takes a little extra planning.
(3) GREEN YOUR COMMUTE. Every mile pedaled on a bike—rather than driven in a car—keeps nearly 1lb of C02 out of the atmosphere. So, go dust off that bike. Or, if biking is not an option, use public transit or carpool instead.
(4) GO MEAT-FREE ONCE A WEEK. Consider this: If everyone in the US went meat-free for one day, it would save 100 billion gallons of water.
(5) COMPOST. Food scraps are full of energy to harvest and—even if you live in a yardless urban apartment—you can keep them out of trash bins and landfills, where they would otherwise release methane, a potent greenhouse gas.
(6) DRINK SUSTAINABLE COFFEE. Your choice of coffee can have a positive social and environmental impact. Look at labels and choose wisely.
(7) EAT SUSTAINABLE SEAFOOD. Not all seafood is created equal—but your choices can help shift demand away from unsustainably harvested stocks and put pressure on suppliers to improve practices.
(8) TRAVEL SUSTAINABLY. For your next vacation or business trip, consider ways you can cut down on carbon emissions.
(9) SAY NO TO ILLEGAL WILDLIFE PRODUCTS. Your responsible consumption will reduce the demand for endangered species.
(10) VOLUNTEER. Share your expertise to help implement sustainable development projects at home and around the world. .
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Conservation International’s mantra began with, “people need nature to thrive,” and it’s led to so much incredible work within the conservation space. In fact, that mantra still rings true today. We are looking ahead to the new year and how we can help shape the next 30 years of conservation. Let us know what you think is the biggest issue facing the future of conservation by leaving a comment. #12DaysofConservation

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Thank you to all who gave in support of @ConservationOrg in 2017. Your generosity translated into tangible, science-based impacts for people & nature.
Together, let’s make 2018 another impactful year.

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Your generosity translates into tangible, science-based impacts for people and nature. One example from 2017:

CI supported the launch of a new carbon offset program in the Chyulu Hills region — the first ever 100-percent, community-owned carbon forest. With CI’s support, the local Maasai people — and the global climate — will soon benefit from the sale of 2 million carbon credits.

For more impact examples, click the link in our bio.

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October 2014: Nature is Speaking Campaign Launched .
In 2014, Conservation International launched the “Nature is Speaking” campaign in the United States. It featured a series of short films voiced by some of the biggest names in Hollywood including Penélope Cruz, Harrison Ford, Edward Norton, Robert Redford, Julia Roberts, and Ian Somerhalder. In the series, nature reveals serious misgivings about the way humans are treating the Earth from the viewpoint of a cast of characters — from Mother Nature to The Ocean and The Soil. The campaign has since been launched in 10 languages, involving more than 60 international celebrity voices. Most recently, in September 2017, we launched “La Naturaleza Nos Habla” to the Spanish-speaking world. Salma Hayek, Ruben Blades, Juan Fernando Velasco, Penelope Cruz, and Carlos Vives are just some of the celebrities included in “La Naturaleza Nos Habla.” .
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What started out as a simple mantra, “people need nature to thrive,” has led to 30 years of leadership in the conservation space. For the next 12 days, CI is taking a look back on our journey and accomplishments together, and the work that lies ahead. Follow along at #12DaysofConservation

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