​Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea (December 18, 2017) – Today, Conservation International and partner Eco-Custodian Advocates announced the successful tagging of two endangered species of sea turtles, the hawksbill and green sea…
​Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea (December 18, 2017) – Today, Conservation International and partner Eco-Custodian Advocates announced the successful tagging of two endangered species of sea turtles, the hawksbill and green sea turtles, with satellite-tracking devices. The tagging, which took place from December 4 through December 15, will allow for a deeper understanding of the movements of one of the world’s oldest creatures and marks the first effort of its kind in Papua New Guinea. It will play a key role in the conservation of endangered sea turtles in the region.

The 12-day tagging expedition took place across three islands in the Ware region of Milne Bay, Kasamalamalawe, Kololona and Manpina in Papua New Guinea. Scientists tagged three critically endangered hawksbill turtles and four endangered green sea turtles with satellite-tracking devices. Thirty turtles also received flipper tags.

Tissue samples were gathered from all turtles to conduct genetic analysis. The information gathered on population numbers, movements, feeding behavior and nesting and hatching locations will be used to develop a long-term conservation strategy and inform community and government officials.

Subsistence hunting of sea turtles and the devastating impacts of climate change have created an urgent need for conservation efforts of the species and sustainable management of marine resources in the region. The Conservation International and Eco-Custodian Advocates expedition marks a substantial advancement in research and conservation efforts.

“These islands offer a perfect snapshot of what we’re seeing all around the world, the decline of sea turtles in the face of the impacts of climate change and human threats on our oceans. Sea turtles are great indicators of the health of an ecosystem, so the information gathered from these tags will not only help with improving sea turtle conservation, but ecosystem health as well,” says Conservation International Coral Triangle Program Director Niquole Esters.

“PNG’s sea turtles are being harvested for their meat, eggs and shells. From a scientific perspective, very little is known about PNG’s turtles and the only satellite tracking work to date has focused on leatherbacks. It is crucial we obtain baseline information on population-level migratory pathways and genetic stocks, to inform future conservation efforts,” said Geoffrey Gearheart, Ph.D., a marine biologist and oceanographer at Tellus4D Geoimaging.

“We’ve been in slow-motion for so long in gaining information about sea turtles using metal flipper tags, and this represents a paradigm shift by offering real-time information so that communities and the government can take steps to conserve and manage sea turtles,” said David Mitchell, Director of Eco-Custodian Advocates.

The tagging initiative is a collaboration between Conservation International, Eco-Custodian Advocates, the landowners of Ware Island, the Milne Bay Government and support from the Government of Australia. The program integrates traditional community knowledge and practices, science-based conservation and management practices while achieving the goal of reinforcing community environmental stewardship through the development of sea turtle conservation efforts.

About Conservation International
Conservation International uses science, policy and partnerships to protect the nature people rely on for food, fresh water and livelihoods. Founded in 1987, Conservation International works in more than 30 countries on six continents to ensure a healthy, prosperous planet that supports us all. Learn more about CI and its groundbreaking “Nature Is Speaking” campaign, and follow Conservation International’s work on FacebookTwitterInstagram and YouTube.

About Eco Custodian Advocates
Eco Custodian Advocates aims that each of the peoples of PNG have a belonging to place, as custodians of the environment and with an appreciation of their cultural ties to it. Eco Custodian Advocates focuses its conservation efforts on the Milne Bay Province. The area is extremely susceptible to pressures from a rapidly increasing population, the erosion of customary knowledge, destructive resource extraction, climate change and most importantly, a lack of conservation awareness and ecological knowledge. Eco Custodian Advocates strives to empower Papua New Guinean communities to sustainably manage their important and stunning ecosystems and natural assets, which support the livelihoods of those relying on their delicate environment for subsistence living. Learn more about Eco-Custodian Advocates

​Arlington, Va.  (December 20, 2017) – Conservation International and Global Wildlife Conservation (GWC) today announced a series of collaborative efforts to address one of the most pressing and critical challenges…
​Arlington, Va.  (December 20, 2017) – Conservation International and Global Wildlife Conservation (GWC) today announced a series of collaborative efforts to address one of the most pressing and critical challenges of our time – the unprecedented loss of biodiversity and ecosystems upon which livelihoods and sustainable development depend.

Dr. Russell Mittermeier, the former President and most recently Executive Vice-Chair of Conservation International, will guide the collaboration as the new Chief Conservation Officer for Global Wildlife Conservation.

“The problems we face today of biodiversity loss and ecosystem degradation are not ones that any organization can solve alone,” said Jennifer Morris, President of Conservation International. “By pooling efforts in science, technology, and communications, we will amplify our impact in some of the most biodiverse regions across the globe.”

“The complex global conservation challenges that both organizations are working to resolve require partnerships with extensive networks and expertise,” said Dr. Mittermeier. “At GWC, we’re looking forward to leveraging this collaborative energy to make an even bigger impact for wildlife and wildlands.”

The new, collaborative relationship between Conservation International and Global Wildlife Conservation will focus on the following areas:

  1. ​​Surveys, assessments, research and conservation projects in key protected areas including Amazonia, Guiana Shield, West Papua and Madagascar.
  2. Initiatives to conserve wildlife, assess the threatened status of species and fight illegal wildlife trafficking.
  3. The design, development and application of technology for biodiversity and ecosystem conservation, including the use of artificial intelligence.​
  4. Collaborative communications campaigns concerning wildlands and protected areas, wildlife conservation and trafficking. 
About Conservation International
Conservation International uses science, policy and partnerships to protect the nature people rely on for food, fresh water and livelihoods. Founded in 1987, Conservation International works in more than 30 countries on six continents to ensure a healthy, prosperous planet that supports us all. Learn more about CI and its groundbreaking “Nature Is Speaking” campaign, and follow Conservation International’s work on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube.

About Global Wildlife Conservation
GWC conserves the diversity of life on Earth by safeguarding wildlands, protecting wildlife and supporting guardians. We maximize our impact through scientific research, biodiversity exploration, habitat conservation, protected area management, wildlife crime prevention, endangered species recovery, and conservation leadership cultivation. Learn more at https://globalwildlife.org.

Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea (December 18, 2017) – Today, Conservation International and partner Eco-Custodian Advocates announced the successful tagging of two endangered species of sea turtles, the hawksbill and…

Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea (December 18, 2017) – Today, Conservation International and partner Eco-Custodian Advocates announced the successful tagging of two endangered species of sea turtles, the hawksbill and green sea turtles, with satellite-tracking devices. The tagging, which took place from December 4 through December 15, will allow for a deeper understanding of the movements of one of the world’s oldest creatures and marks the first effort of its kind in Papua New Guinea. It will play a key role in the conservation of endangered sea turtles in the region.

The 12-day tagging expedition took place across three islands in the Ware region of Milne Bay, Kasamalamalawe, Kololona and Manpina in Papua New Guinea. Scientists tagged three critically endangered hawksbill turtles and four endangered green sea turtles with satellite-tracking devices. Thirty turtles also received flipper tags.

Tissue samples were gathered from all turtles to conduct genetic analysis. The information gathered on population numbers, movements, feeding behavior and nesting and hatching locations will be used to develop a long-term conservation strategy and inform community and government officials.

Subsistence hunting of sea turtles and the devastating impacts of climate change have created an urgent need for conservation efforts of the species and sustainable management of marine resources in the region. The Conservation International and Eco-Custodian Advocates expedition marks a substantial advancement in research and conservation efforts.

“These islands offer a perfect snapshot of what we’re seeing all around the world, the decline of sea turtles in the face of the impacts of climate change and human threats on our oceans. Sea turtles are great indicators of the health of an ecosystem, so the information gathered from these tags will not only help with improving sea turtle conservation, but ecosystem health as well,” says Conservation International Coral Triangle Program Director Niquole Esters.

“PNG’s sea turtles are being harvested for their meat, eggs and shells. From a scientific perspective, very little is known about PNG’s turtles and the only satellite tracking work to date has focused on leatherbacks. It is crucial we obtain baseline information on population-level migratory pathways and genetic stocks, to inform future conservation efforts,” said Geoffrey Gearheart, Ph.D., a marine biologist and oceanographer at Tellus4D Geoimaging.

“We’ve been in slow-motion for so long in gaining information about sea turtles using metal flipper tags, and this represents a paradigm shift by offering real-time information so that communities and the government can take steps to conserve and manage sea turtles,” said David Mitchell, Director of Eco-Custodian Advocates.

The tagging initiative is a collaboration between Conservation International, Eco-Custodian Advocates, the landowners of Ware Island, the Milne Bay Government and support from the Government of Australia. The program integrates traditional community knowledge and practices, science-based conservation and management practices while achieving the goal of reinforcing community environmental stewardship through the development of sea turtle conservation efforts.

About Conservation International
Conservation International uses science, policy and partnerships to protect the nature people rely on for food, fresh water and livelihoods. Founded in 1987, Conservation International works in more than 30 countries on six continents to ensure a healthy, prosperous planet that supports us all. Learn more about CI and its groundbreaking “Nature Is Speaking” campaign, and follow Conservation International’s work on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube.

About Eco Custodian Advocates
Eco Custodian Advocates aims that each of the peoples of PNG have a belonging to place, as custodians of the environment and with an appreciation of their cultural ties to it. Eco Custodian Advocates focuses its conservation efforts on the Milne Bay Province. The area is extremely susceptible to pressures from a rapidly increasing population, the erosion of customary knowledge, destructive resource extraction, climate change and most importantly, a lack of conservation awareness and ecological knowledge. Eco Custodian Advocates strives to empower Papua New Guinean communities to sustainably manage their important and stunning ecosystems and natural assets, which support the livelihoods of those relying on their delicate environment for subsistence living. Learn more about Eco-Custodian Advocates.

​Bogotá, Colombia (December 18, 2017) – Conservation International and Fondo Acción today announced the La Minga (Everyone Together) Fund, a conservation trust fund dedicated to community-driven conservation on Colombia’s Pacific…
​Bogotá, Colombia (December 18, 2017) – Conservation International and Fondo Acción today announced the La Minga (Everyone Together) Fund, a conservation trust fund dedicated to community-driven conservation on Colombia’s Pacific Coast, where two networks of protected areas in the Bahía Málaga and Northern Chocó regions cover an area of pristine coastline larger than Belgium. 

This land is home to over 30,000 people of primarily Afro-Colombian descent, as well as 1,400 species, including 80 percent of the region’s humpback whale breeding grounds, and some of the country’s most intact mangrove forests.

The La Minga Fund will initially focus on three regional protected areas: La Sierpe Regional Natural Park, La Plata Regional Integrated Management District and Golfo de Tribugá-Cabo Corrientes Regional Integrated Management District. 
Conservation International and Fondo Acción have actively supported and contributed to the creation, development and strengthening of these protected areas over the last decade. To help secure ongoing protection of these invaluable natural resources, CI and Fondo Acción worked with the following to develop the La Minga Fund: Colombia’s Ministry of Environment and Sustainable Development; the regional environmental authorities of Codechocó and CVC; Asocars; and the Afro-Colombian community councils of Riscales, La Plata and Chucheros.
“These communities are already good stewards of their lands and willing partners,” said María Claudia Díazgranados Cadelo, Director of Marine and Community Incentives Programs for Conservation International Colombia. “Yet they lack the resources and management structure to counter threats to their way of life and the mounting pressures from illegal and predatory activities and conflict. With dedicated technical and financial assistance, these communities can better participate in the sustainable management of their resources for the benefit of all.”
“The La Minga Fund will enable us to capitalize on our strong partnerships and decades of experience in Colombia to accelerate our conservation actions along the Pacific coast and provide a needed model for Colombia, the region and hopefully the world to emulate,” said José Luis Gómez, Executive Director of Fondo Acción.
The principal donor to the La Minga Fund is the Walton Family Foundation, with additional contributions from Conservation International’s Global Conservation Fund and the Embassy of Sweden in Bogotá. The Fund includes a $2.5 million endowment and a sinking fund, which will help cover budgetary needs of the three locally managed marine protected areas (MPAs) and two national parks. Conservation International, Fondo Acción and partners are actively fundraising to reach a target of $5 million for the endowment fund within the next few years. 
About Conservation International
Conservation International uses science, policy and partnerships to protect the nature people rely on for food, fresh water and livelihoods. Founded in 1987, Conservation International works in more than 30 countries on six continents to ensure a healthy, prosperous planet that supports us all. Learn more about Conservation International and its groundbreaking “Nature Is Speaking” campaign, and follow the organization’s work on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube.
About Fondo Acción
Fondo Acción is a Colombian private non-profit that believes in the power and creativity of local communities to take advantage of opportunities and solve problems in the fields of conservation and rural sustainable development. 
Fondo Acción was established in 2000 under the Bilateral Agreement for the Americas Initiative, the first debt for nature swap signed between the governments of Colombia and the United States of America. Fondo Acción currently manages twenty different accounts created by donors such as USAID, the World Bank, the French Agency for Development, GEF, UNDP, the Government of the United Kingdom (ICF), the Colombian Agency for International Cooperation, the World Wildlife Fund, and The Nature Conservancy. 

​Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea (December 18, 2017) – Today, Conservation International and partner Eco-Custodian Advocates announced the successful tagging of two endangered species of sea turtles, the hawksbill and…
​Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea (December 18, 2017) – Today, Conservation International and partner Eco-Custodian Advocates announced the successful tagging of two endangered species of sea turtles, the hawksbill and green sea turtles, with satellite-tracking devices. The tagging, which took place from December 4 through December 15, will allow for a deeper understanding of the movements of one of the world’s oldest creatures and marks the first effort of its kind in Papua New Guinea. It will play a key role in the conservation of endangered sea turtles in the region.
The 12-day tagging expedition took place across three islands in the Ware region of Milne Bay, Kasamalamalawe, Kololona and Manpina in Papua New Guinea. Scientists tagged three critically endangered hawksbill turtles and four endangered green sea turtles with satellite-tracking devices. Thirty turtles also received flipper tags.
Tissue samples were gathered from all turtles to conduct genetic analysis. The information gathered on population numbers, movements, feeding behavior and nesting and hatching locations will be used to develop a long-term conservation strategy and inform community and government officials.
Subsistence hunting of sea turtles and the devastating impacts of climate change have created an urgent need for conservation efforts of the species and sustainable management of marine resources in the region. The Conservation International and Eco-Custodian Advocates expedition marks a substantial advancement in research and conservation efforts.
“These islands offer a perfect snapshot of what we’re seeing all around the world, the decline of sea turtles in the face of the impacts of climate change and human threats on our oceans. Sea turtles are great indicators of the health of an ecosystem, so the information gathered from these tags will not only help with improving sea turtle conservation, but ecosystem health as well,” says Conservation International Coral Triangle Program Director Niquole Esters.
“PNG’s sea turtles are being harvested for their meat, eggs and shells. From a scientific perspective, very little is known about PNG’s turtles and the only satellite tracking work to date has focused on leatherbacks. It is crucial we obtain baseline population migratory pathways and genetic stocks, to inform future conservation efforts,” said Geoffrey Gearheart, Ph.D., a marine biologist and oceanographer at Tellus4D Geoimaging.
“We’ve been in slow-motion for so long in gaining information about sea turtles using metal flipper tags, and this represents a paradigm shift by offering real-time information so that communities and the government can take steps to conserve and manage sea turtles,” said David Mitchell, Director of Eco-Custodian Advocates.
The tagging initiative is a collaboration between Conservation International, Eco-Custodian Advocates, the landowners of Ware Island, the Milne Bay Government and support from the Government of Australia. The program integrates traditional community knowledge and practices, science-based conservation and management practices while achieving the goal of reinforcing community environmental stewardship through the development of sea turtle conservation efforts.
About Conservation International
Conservation International uses science, policy and partnerships to protect the nature people rely on for food, fresh water and livelihoods. Founded in 1987, Conservation International works in more than 30 countries on six continents to ensure a healthy, prosperous planet that supports us all. Learn more about Conservation International and its groundbreaking “Nature Is Speaking” campaign, and follow the organization’s work   on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube.
About Eco Custodian Advocates
Eco Custodian Advocates aims that each of the peoples of PNG have a belonging to place, as custodians of the environment and with an appreciation of their cultural ties to it. Eco Custodian Advocates focuses its conservation efforts on the Milne Bay Province. The area is extremely susceptible to pressures from a rapidly increasing population, the erosion of customary knowledge, destructive resource extraction, climate change and most importantly, a lack of conservation awareness and ecological knowledge. Eco Custodian Advocates strives to empower Papua New Guinean communities to sustainably manage their important and stunning ecosystems and natural assets, which support the livelihoods of those relying on their delicate environment for subsistence living. Learn more about Eco-Custodian Advocates.​

Arlington, Va. (December 7, 2017) – Conservation International Senior Vice President for Oceans 'Aulani Wilhelm made the following statement on the U.S. Department of the Interior's recommendations to allow fishing…
Arlington, Va. (December 7, 2017) – Conservation International Senior Vice President for Oceans ‘Aulani Wilhelm made the following statement on the U.S. Department of the Interior’s recommendations to allow fishing in the Rose Atoll Marine National Monument and Pacific Remote Islands Marine National Monument​: 

​​The recommendation put forward by the Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke​​ fails to properly care for and manage these irreplaceable ocean resources. Allowing fishing in these protected waters would undermine their core purpose and complicate enforcement, making them more vulnerable to illegal fishing and setting a troubling precedent for similar areas around the world.
Among other impacts, weakening protections for U.S. marine national monuments in the Pacific could damage the extraordinary biodiversity of underwater seamounts and threaten the integrity of spawning grounds that are essential for the replenishment of fish stocks that U.S. fishing communities and consumers rely on.
The world has made historic progress in ocean protection. Mexico, Canada, Colombia, Chile and the Cook Islands have all recently made major commitments as part of this global effort. These countries understand that healthy oceans — sustained by fully-protected marine reserves — are critical for long-term economic growth and food security.
Conservation International urges President Trump to reject these recommendations and fulfill America’s commitment to Pacific conservation.
About Conservation International
Conservation International uses science, policy and partnerships to protect the nature people rely on for food, fresh water and livelihoods. Founded in 1987, CI works in more than 30 countries on six continents to ensure a healthy, prosperous planet that supports us all. Learn more about CI and its groundbreaking “Nature Is Speaking” campaign, and follow CI’s work on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube.

​Additional Honorees Include glassybaby and Conservation International Founder Peter Seligmann​NEW YORK (December 5, 2017) – Conservation International will honor President Bill Clinton today with the Global Visionary Award at its 30th Anniversary dinner.…
​Additional Honorees Include glassybaby and Conservation International Founder Peter Seligmann​

NEW YORK (December 5, 2017) – Conservation International will honor President Bill Clinton today with the Global Visionary Award at its 30th Anniversary dinner. The award will recognize the former president’s extraordinary environmental leadership, which in​cludes preserving 84 million acres of marine habitat and 67 million acres of tropical forest.

The evening will be hosted by Lauren and Andres Santos Domingo and include a simultaneous preview of Conservation International’s next virtual reality film, My Africa, set for release in 2018.  The film, made possible with support from Tiffany & Co. Foundation, allows viewers to experience the majesty of Africa’s iconic wildlife through eyes of the people who share its landscape and resources.

Additional honorees will also include glassybaby, recipient of Conservation International’s Global Conservation Hero Award.  Lee Rhodes, founder of glassybaby,will accept the award.

Since its founding in 2001, glassbaby has contributed 10 percent of its  sales through the glassybaby white light fund to organizations dedicated to helping people, animals and the planet heal. Donations have exceeded $7 million to date. The company has been investing in conservation of oceans, rainforests and wildlife through Conservation International for over ten years and was a lead funder of Conservation International’s Nature Is Speaking campaign.

For the last three years the glassybaby community has supported orphaned elephants at the holidays, leading to the opening of the Reteti Elephant Sanctuary, the first community-owned and led elephant sanctuary in Africa. Through the entire month of December, glassybaby is once again donating 10 percent of all online sales to benefit the Reteti Elephant Sanctuary.

Conservation International chairman Peter Seligmann will receive Conservation International’s Lifetime Achievement Award for his three decades of leadership as co-founder, chairman and CEO.  Seligmann founded Conservation International in 1987 and today, the organization works across the globe as the leading organization dedicated to protecting nature for the well-being of people.

The evening will also include remarks from Dr. M. Sanjayan, CEO of Conservation Intentional and  Christiana Figueres, the architect of the Paris Climate Agreement and a CI Distinguished Fellow.

About Conservation International
Conservation International uses science, policy and partnerships to protect the nature people rely on for food, fresh water and livelihoods. Founded in 1987, CI works in more than 30 countries on six continents to ensure a healthy, prosperous planet that supports us all. Learn more about CI and its groundbreaking “Nature Is Speaking” campaign, and follow CI’s work on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube.

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​Additional Honorees Include glassybaby and Conservation International Founder Peter Seligmann​NEW YORK (December 5, 2017) – Conservation International will honor President Bill Clinton today with the Global Visionary Award at its 30th Anniversary dinner.…
​Additional Honorees Include glassybaby and Conservation International Founder Peter Seligmann​

NEW YORK (December 5, 2017) – Conservation International will honor President Bill Clinton today with the Global Visionary Award at its 30th Anniversary dinner. The award will recognize the former president’s extraordinary environmental leadership, which in​cludes preserving 84 million acres of marine habitat and 67 million acres of tropical forest.

The evening will be hosted by Lauren and Andres Santos Domingo and include a simultaneous preview of Conservation International’s next virtual reality film, My Africa, set for release in 2018.  The film, made possible with support from Tiffany & Co. Foundation, allows viewers to experience the majesty of Africa’s iconic wildlife through eyes of the people who share its landscape and resources.

Additional honorees will also include glassybaby, recipient of Conservation International’s Global Conservation Hero Award. Lee Rhodes, founder of glassybaby, will accept the award.

Since its founding in 2001, glassbaby has contributed 10 percent of its sales through the glassybaby white light fund to organizations dedicated to helping people, animals and the planet heal. Donations have exceeded $7 million to date. The company has been investing in conservation of oceans, rainforests and wildlife through Conservation International for over ten years and was a lead funder of Conservation International’s Nature Is Speaking campaign.

For the last three years the glassybaby community has supported orphaned elephants at the holidays, leading to the opening of the Reteti Elephant Sanctuary, the first community-owned and led elephant sanctuary in Africa. Through the entire month of December, glassybaby is once again donating 10 percent of all online sales to benefit the Reteti Elephant Sanctuary.

Conservation International chairman Peter Seligmann will receive Conservation International’s Lifetime Achievement Award for his three decades of leadership as co-founder, chairman and CEO. Seligmann founded Conservation International in 1987 and today, the organization works across the globe as the leading organization dedicated to protecting nature for the well-being of people.

The evening will also include remarks from Dr. M. Sanjayan, CEO of Conservation Intentional and Christiana Figueres, the architect of the Paris Climate Agreement and a CI Distinguished Fellow. ​

About Conservation International
Conservation International uses science, policy and partnerships to protect the nature people rely on for food, fresh water and livelihoods. Founded in 1987, CI works in more than 30 countries on six continents to ensure a healthy, prosperous planet that supports us all. Learn more about CI and its groundbreaking “Nature Is Speaking” campaign, and follow CI’s work on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube.

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Arlington, Va. (December 4, 2017) – Conservation International CEO Dr. M. Sanjayan made the following statement on the conservation rollback announcement made by the Trump Administration today:Today we are witnessing the…
Arlington, Va. (December 4, 2017) – Conservation International CEO Dr. M. Sanjayan made the following statement on the conservation rollback announcement made by the Trump Administration today:
Today we are witnessing the largest conservation rollback in the history of the United States, the nation that has long led the world in national parks and protected areas.
From the work of Conservation International scientists, we know that this is a worldwide problem. Globally, more than 236 million acres of parks and conserved lands have lost protections and been opened to unsustainable extraction and development.
When a conservation area is created, it is meant to be forever. Conservation International and our partners have supported the creation of nearly 1.5 billion acres around the world under a model of protection in perpetuity, because people everywhere benefit from all that nature provides. Today’s action by the Trump Administration fundamentally undermines America’s preeminent leadership in protected areas.
The President’s reduction of these protected areas also runs counter to an outpouring of public support for national parks and national monuments expressed by millions of Americans over many months. As this action enters a long court battle, I want to thank the individuals in our community who have raised their voices in support of these natural treasures.
Ultimately, this isn’t about nature. It’s about people. The evidence is clear: Properly caring for our natural world is crucial to the physical and economic well-being of us all. ​
About Conservation International
Conservation International uses science, policy and partnerships to protect the nature people rely on for food, fresh water and livelihoods. Founded in 1987, CI works in more than 30 countries on six continents to ensure a healthy, prosperous planet that supports us all. Learn more about CI and its groundbreaking “Nature Is Speaking” campaign, and follow CI’s work on FacebookTwitterInstagram and YouTube

Arlington, Va. (December 4, 2017) – Conservation International CEO Dr. M. Sanjayan made the following statement on the conservation rollback announcement made by the Trump Administration today:Today we are witnessing the…
Arlington, Va. (December 4, 2017) – Conservation International CEO Dr. M. Sanjayan made the following statement on the conservation rollback announcement made by the Trump Administration today:
Today we are witnessing the largest conservation rollback in the history of the United States, the nation that has long led the world in national parks and protected areas.
From the work of Conservation International scientists, we know that this is a worldwide problem. Globally, more than 236 million acres of parks and conserved lands have lost protections and been opened to unsustainable extraction and development.
When a conservation area is created, it is meant to be forever. Conservation International and our partners have supported the creation of nearly 1.5 billion acres around the world under a model of protection in perpetuity, because people everywhere benefit from all that nature provides. Today’s action by the Trump Administration fundamentally undermines America’s preeminent leadership in protected areas.
The President’s reduction of these protected areas also runs counter to an outpouring of public support for national parks and national monuments expressed by millions of Americans over many months. As this action enters a long court battle, I want to thank the individuals in our community who have raised their voices in support of these natural treasures.
Ultimately, this isn’t about nature. It’s about people. The evidence is clear: Properly caring for our natural world is crucial to the physical and economic well-being of us all. ​
About Conservation International
Conservation International uses science, policy and partnerships to protect the nature people rely on for food, fresh water and livelihoods. Founded in 1987, CI works in more than 30 countries on six continents to ensure a healthy, prosperous planet that supports us all. Learn more about CI and its groundbreaking “Nature Is Speaking” campaign, and follow CI’s work on FacebookTwitterInstagram and YouTube