Center for Conservation & Sustainability

The Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute's Center for Conservation and Sustainability (CCS) conducts research and monitoring to study, understand, predict, and integrate biodiversity conservation needs with development priorities of large infrastructure projects.

The Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute (SCBI) is leading projects nationally and internationally in an effort to study biodiversity and make recommendations on conservation and sustainable development. Guided by the principles of the Convention on Biological Diversity, SCBI has worked with a select group of oil and gas companies since 1996 to develop conservation and development best-practices to conserve biodiversity and ecosystem services that benefit both humans and wildlife.


1100 Jefferson Drive SW
Suite 3123, MRC 705
Washington, DC 20560
United States of America


For more than 15 years, CCS has been conducting research in Gabon on biodiversity conservation and has been promoting best practices to industry and local communities.

Photograph courtesy of Carlton Ward Jr.

CCS conducts research in British Columbia, Canada to limit impact of infrastructure projects on sensitive species and biological communities and restore ecosystem function.

CCS collected evidence of a spectacled bear in Peru, where researchers are studying the change in large mammal distribution during the construction of a natural gas well.