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Conservation International


Conservation International

Madagascar is among the regions designated by Conservation International as a biodiversity hotspot.

Photo © Muriel Lasure / Shutterstock.


Conservation International employs scientists and policy experts to balance healthy ecosystems with sustainable human use. Conservation International aims to help stabilize global climate, protect fresh water, and ensure human well-being. To achieve their goals they work with indigenous peoples and non-governmental organization. Conservation International's primary initiatives include climate, fresh water, food, health, culture, and biodiversity.

Of all the significant initiatives Conservation International has achieved, its Biodiversity Hotspots project is for me the most impressive. This project identifies and protects biological hotspots—places that exhibit the richest diversity and most threatened collections of plants and animals on our planet.



Conservation International was founded in 1987 by a group of conservationists whose goal was to save endangered places and rare species by finding ways for people to live in balance with nature. To that end, Conservation International has worked with local communities and formed partnerships with non-governmental organization and corporations such as Patagonia, Starbucks, and Walmart to integrate conservation goals into community life and corporate business models.

In recent years, Conservation International scientists have discovered numerous new species while conducting surveys of biodiversity hotspots such as Indonesia's Foja Mountains and Bird's Head Seascape. During such surveys, Conservation International teams identified numerous new species including frogs, butterflies, palms, and fish. Among the most notable discoveries was a new species of honeyeater, a shrimp that resembles a praying mantis, and a bottom-dwelling shark that walks on its fins.

How they spend their money:


  • 84.6% of expenses go towards conservation projects
  • 10.2% of expenses go towards admininstration
  • 5.1% of expenses go towards fundraising





You can also find Conservation International on Facebook and Flickr.




Conservation International
Main Office
2011 Crystal Drive, Suite 500
Arlington, VA 22202 (view map)
Phone: 1 (703) 341-2400
Toll-free (within the US): 1 (800) 429-5660


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