What they aim to achieve
People need nature — and for almost 30 years, Conservation International has worked to protect it. Through cutting-edge science, innovative policy and global reach, we empower people to protect the nature that we rely on for food, fresh water and livelihoods.
Conservation international has a variety of topics/activities they do to help. Here's a list of a few of there topics with a description.
Climate. Our food system, our economies, our cities and our communities — they’re all adapted to the climate we currently live in. But what if the climate changes too fast for us to keep up? The fate of the one and only planet we’ve ever called home is uncertain. It is in everyone's interest to come together to address the challenges we face.
Energy and mining. Demand for natural resources like minerals, oil and gas continues to grow — but at what cost to the planet that sustains us? Our global economy is fueled by natural resources extracted from the Earth, but removing them can cause erosion, pollution, deforestation and species loss. As development increasingly encroaches on formerly pristine areas, we must find ways to work in harmony with nature.
Field projects. Sometimes, to make conservation happen, you’ve got to get your boots muddy. Charles Darwin. Mary and Louis Leakey. Jane Goodall. Oftentimes, the most remarkable science is done by people with their feet in the proverbial mud.
Food. Soils. Water. Healthy oceans. Without these building blocks of nature, people would starve. Today, 842 million people do not have enough to eat. And the pressures on our food system are only growing. We must figure out how to feed the world — without destroying it.
Forest. Robert Frost had it right — the woods are lovely, dark and deep. They’re our respite. Our places of peace. Our natural air filters. Our water factories. Our medicine cabinets. We literally can’t live without them. So why are they disappearing?
Global stability. The loss of forests, fresh water and fertile soils — and the resulting competition for these increasingly scarce resources — can lead to instability, conflict, radicalization and, in the worst case, failed states.
Hotspots. There are places on Earth that are both biologically rich — and deeply threatened. For our own sake, we must work to protect them.
Innovating with business. Business is the engine that drives global economic growth. What if companies were also conservation champions — taking bold, practical actions that benefit people, the planet and the bottom line?
Livelihood. The loss of forests, fresh water and fertile soils — and the resulting competition for these increasingly scarce resources — can lead to instability, conflict, radicalization and, in the worst case, failed states.
Ocean. The ocean makes life on Earth possible. It nourishes our bodies and our souls. It influences our weather, fuels economies and connects distant lands. It is vast, deep, powerful and mysterious. And it’s in trouble.
Seascape. It is often said that “everything returns to the sea.” For many people all over the world, they never left.
Sicence and innovation. We can’t protect our planet, and the people who depend on it, unless we understand it.
Working with governments. Nature’s ability to meet our needs for food, water, energy and other essential services for human well-being requires sound government policy and smart funding choices.
"No matter where you live, forest make your life possible. When a forest is lost anywhere people feel it everywhere"
Why are our forests important
Are we breath. As you read this, you’re breathing, and a forest helped make it possible. That’s because forests are “the lungs of the Earth,” absorbing carbon dioxide from the atmosphere and releasing oxygen that people need to survive. And forests’ influence goes even further: They play a critical role in managing clouds, wind, humidity, air quality and rainfall patterns.
Climate stability. Carbon dioxide and other gases in Earth’s atmosphere trap the sun’s heat. Too little CO2, or too much of it, and the planet can’t support life. Forests help make sure the amount of CO2 in the atmosphere is just right. Over hundreds of millions of years, forests have perfected the ability to capture CO2 — including much of the extra carbon generated by human activities.
Jobs and prosperity. Nearly one in four people depends on forests for their livelihoods in some way. Every year, people trade more than US$ 300 billion worth of forest products like timber and fruits. And many forests contain the key to new medical discoveries, with nature-based products accounting for about 42% of the revenue of the world’s top-selling pharmaceuticals.
Water we drink. Forests are nature’s water factories. They capture, store, purify and then gradually release clean water to towns and cities located downstream. When forests are lost, these factories stop humming. Erosion and sediment increases, and water flows become more unreliable — leading to greater floods, periods of low water flow and threats to drinking supplies.