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University of Cambridge

Conservation Leadership MPhil students with Sir David Attenborough at the opening David Attenborough Building in Cambridge. Courtesy of the University of Cambridge

Cambridge Conservation Initiative

$11,242,644, 2008-2020

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In 2008 we helped create the Cambridge Conservation Initiative (CCI), and have supported it since. CCI is a unique collaboration between Cambridge University and leading internationally-focused organisations based in and around Cambridge, UK. CCI seeks to transform the global understanding and conservation of biodiversity and thereby help secure a sustainable future for the planet. CCI partners integrate research, education, policy and practice to devise solutions for society and to enable conservation learning and leadership.

In 2009 we made a grant to set up CCI’s Collaborative Fund for Conservation, which supports collaborative conservation projects undertaken by CCI’s partners.

We also support the MPhil in Conservation Leadership. The programme, taught by CCI’s member organizations, aims to equip future conservation leaders with the knowledge and skills to become a force for change in global conservation. As part of it, students undertake a four-month placement in a conservation organization where they gain vital practical experience in managing conservation work. Our grants provide scholarships for young scientists and conservation practitioners from developing countries with an equal opportunity to join the programme, and learn the skills that will help them to preserve some of the world’s most biodiverse regions.

Learn more about our environmental grants.