Conservation & Development

Canadian mountains

CCS works in regions of high biodiversity to promote biodiversity 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.


Atlantic Forest Conservation in Paraguay

Scientists works with partners in Paraguay to develop best practices for managing protected areas and wildlife. Their research helps support the conservation of species, including jaguars, bush dogs, lowland tapirs and maned wolves.

Biodiversity in the Peruvian Amazon

Through camera trap studies, community conservation programs and collaboration, Smithsonian scientists are working to minimize the impact that natural gas development has on tropical forests and wildlife.

Conserving Amazonian Tropical Ecosystems

In the Peruvian Amazon of Madre de Dios, natural ecosystems provide essential services to local communities. Smithsonian scientists are partnering with stakeholders to  evaluate the region's biodiversity and devise scenarios for future sustainable development.

From the Andes to the Pacific

Scientists are monitoring habitat and species, including the Andean cat, pencil catfish and Peruvian long-snouted bat, to help integrate biodiversity conservation into the construction and operation of a gas pipeline that stretches from the eastern Andes to the Pacific coast of Peru.

Monitoring Potential Impacts of Human Activity on Biodiversity in Peru

Researchers are monitoring the impacts of human activities on biodiversity in the tropical forests of northern Peru.

Working with Industry to Conserve African Forests

Southwestern Gabon’s protected Gamba Complex is home to gorillas, forest elephants and sea turtles; it also contains the country’s largest oil development. Smithsonian scientists and partners are working to protect the region’s forests and biodiversity.

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Changing Landscapes Initiative

Smithsonian scientists work alongside community members in Northwestern Virginia to evaluate the impacts of land-use change on wildlife, ecosystem services and community health.

Coral Biobank Alliance

Smithsonian scientists are part of the Coral Biobank Alliance, a global network of coral experts preserving corals for restoration and research.

Coral Species Cryopreserved with Global Collaborators​

View a list of the coral species that have been cryopreserved using a technique developed by Smithsonian scientists.

Wildebeest Conservation

Conservation Ecology Center scientists are tracking the movements of white-bearded wildebeest to understand how changes across the landscape impact the species.

Protecting Piping Plovers in the Great Lakes

In 2022, the Smithsonian Migratory Bird Center will begin a new research project to help protect endangered piping plovers from predation by merlins.

Swift Fox Recovery

Smithsonian scientists, in collaboration with the Fort Belknap Fish and Wildlife Department, are embarking on a five-year swift fox reintroduction project to restore swift foxes to tribal lands and to help reestablish connectivity between disjointed swift fox populations.

Conserving the World’s Largest Working Wetland

Conservation Ecology Center researchers are collaborating with institutions in Brazil and other Smithsonian colleagues to support sustainable cattle ranching in the Pantanal wetland.