Research in Action

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Scientists from the Center for Conservation and Sustainability use sustainable infrastructure and mitigation hierarchy guidelines to preserve biodiversity around the globe.

Case Studies

Reducing a Pipeline’s Impact on Biodiversity in the Andes

CCS scientists worked with a gas company to monitor, assess and restore biodiversity around a pipeline that crossed more than 248 miles (400 kilometers) of inter-Andean landscapes.

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Restoring Life-supporting Andean Wetlands

A private company wanted to develop a gas pipeline in Peru that would cross hundreds of kilometers of coastal and Andean habitats, including bofedales, with minimal impact to these critical wetlands. CCS scientists designed a Biodiversity Monitoring and Assessment Program for the project, and in the process, discovered how little was known about bofedales.

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Scenario Planning for Sustainable Development in Peru's Amazon Forest

Madre de Dios, located in the foothills of Peru’s tropical Andes, is one of the most biodiverse places in the world. CCS researchers used scenario planning to help a hydrocarbon company and the regional government minimize the impact of gas exploration and create a strategy for sustainable development in Madre de Dios .

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Mitigation Hierarchy

This set of guidelines helps development projects minimize their impact on the environment.

Sustainable Infrastructure

Smithsonian scientists help partners implement dynamic, forward-thinking solutions for the development of infrastructure, such as roads, airports or dams. Sustainable infrastructure maintains enough biodiversity to support healthy, natural ecosystems that provide essential and economically important services like clean air and water.

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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.