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Center for Conservation & Sustainability

Integrating biodiversity and conservation needs with development priorities
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Center for Conservation & Sustainability

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.

SCBI leads 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 scientists have worked with a select group of oil and gas companies since 1996 to develop best practices in conservation and development to conserve biodiversity and ecosystem services that benefit both humans and wildlife.

Center News

Jan. 18, 2018
When Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute (SCBI) conservation biologist Jessica Deichmann... read more
Oct. 13, 2017
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About CCS

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Learn more about what CCS scientists are doing around the world.

Research in Action

The center for Conservation and Sustainability uses green infrastructure and mitigation hierarchy guidelines to preserve biodiversity around the globe.

Training Courses

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The Center for Conservation and Sustainability develops and teaches courses for development professionals, business leaders, government officials and field researchers.

Conservation & Development

CCS works in regions of high biodiversity to promote knowledge and develop best practices for the integration of conservation and development. The Center has worked on programs around the world, with ongoing research in Canada, Peru and Gabon.