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Conservation Education and Sustainability

The decline of Earth's biodiversity and the need for sustainability practices mandates that we need a new approach to conservation that conveys to people of all walks of the crucial interdependence of plants, animals, people, and the environment. This challenge is too urgent and too large for any single organization, government, or discipline to tackle alone. We need pragmatic approaches and new partnerships among biological and social scientists, government and industry professionals, and citizens to reinforce and protect the intrinsic value of biodiversity, and garner support for sustainable use.

CCS studies the complex relationships among biodiversity, people, and the environment, and educates the public about the Earth's biodiversity and how it can be conserved and used wisely.

CCS is committed to promoting science-based environmental awareness, biodiversity research and monitoring, conservation and the sustainable use of Earth's resources. We are especially committed to recruiting and educating the next generation of conservation practitioners and fostering environmental leadership in those who make decisions about conservation and sustainability.

Capacity Building and Academic Programs

Undergraduate, Graduate, and Professional Opportunities and Training

The Center for Conservation Education and Sustainability trains the next generation of conservationists and scientists with interdisciplinary, integrated approaches to the biodiversity crisis. more

Collaborative Research Initiatives

Gabon Biodiversity Program

In 2000, the Smithsonian began its biodiversity work in the Gamba Complex of Gabon. The Gabon Biodiversity Program is a partnership between the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute, Shell Gabon, and other stakeholders including the Government of Gabon. The Gamba Complex has the largest oil development in Gabon, two national parks and high biodiversity which include many species of conservation concern. The program has national and international researchers, managers and technical personal in country and in Washington D.C. more