Cambridge Conservation Initiative (CCI)
The CCI’s vision is: to help secure a sustainable future for biodiversity and humanity through an effective partnership between leaders in research, education, policy and practice. Its mission is: to deliver transformational approaches to understanding and conserving biodiversity and the wealth of natural capital it represents.
- To quantify and communicate the values of biodiversity
- To undertake interdisciplinary research for policy and practice
- To develop and champion innovative conservation solutions
- To enhance conservation capacity, learning and leadership
Key dates so far
- In 2007, the Cambridge Conservation Initiative was established
- In 2009, an Executive Director and a Director of Conservation Leadership were appointed and a collaborative fund was launched
- In 2010, the CCI was designated a University strategic initiative and an MPhil in Conservation Leadership was launched
- In 2011, an Advisory Board was appointed
- Plans for a new Cambridge Conservation Campus were designed in 2012 and approved in 2013
Work planned or underway
Each of the four programmes is progressing. A horizon scanning exercise was undertaken in autumn 2013. Various collaborative projects are continuing, and several have recently been successful in winning new resources from the Collaborative fund. A new cohort of students for 2013/14 have just started their MPhil in Conservation Leadership. The planning application for the conservation campus was approved in July 2013, and building work will commence in 2014.
The CCI (http://www.conservation.cam.ac.uk/) is a collaboration between six departments within the University of Cambridge (Judge Business School, Land Economy, Plant Sciences, Geography, Zoology, CPSL) and nine conservation organisations (UNEP-WCMC, Cambridge Conservation Forum, Fauna and Flora International, IUCN, BirdLife International, TRAFFIC, BTO, Tropical Biology Association, and RSPB).
Four programmes have been launched:
1. Conservation Futures: this programme has undertaken and published several horizon scanning exercises (in 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2013), and run numerous collaborative projects, providing the glue holding CCI together.
2. Research for Policy and Practice: the CCI Collaborative Fund has provided financial resources for a wide range of projects (for example development of an ecosystems services toolkit, linked indicators for CBD delivery), while a separate fund has enable workshops to be held on, for example, climate change impacts on biodiversity, and gaming and conservation.
3. Learning and Leadership: an MPhil in Conservation Leadership was launched in 2010, with 12 students on the course in the 2010/11 academic year, rising to 17 (from 17 countries) in the 2012/13 academic year. http://www.geog.cam.ac.uk/graduate/mphil/conservation/
4. Conservation Campus: a site has been secured for the campus; outline design and layout has been developed and approved; a design team has been appointed; and planning permission has been granted. The campus was successfully launched by Sir David Attenborough in spring 2013. Hopefully, it will open in late 2015. The architects are Nicholas Hare Architects, and they have produced a fly-through of the campus which is available at: http://vimeo.com/62506640
All of these programmes have been underpinned by successful bids for funds.
A useful outline of CCI’s work can be found at: http://www.cam.ac.uk/research/themes/biodiversity-conservation/
The Cambridge Conservation Campus: view towards new forecourt and museum entrance
Aerial view of the Cambridge Conservation Campus
Ecosystem services toolkit
Who to contact
Dr David Gibbons
Head of Conservation Science
Cambridge Conservation Initiative
British Trust for Ornithology
Cambridge Conservation Forum
Fauna and Flora International
International Union for Conservation of Nature
Tropical Biology Association
UNEP – World Conservation Monitoring Centre
University of Cambridge – Department of Zoology
University of Cambridge – Department of Plant Sciences
University of Cambridge – Department of Land Economy
University of Cambridge – Department of Geography
University of Cambridge – Judge Business School
University of Cambridge – Cambridge Program for Sustainability Leadership