Advancing Asia-Pacific Conservation Science
One of the key priorities of practical conservation is to identify and cultivate areas of scientific innovation in the field, develop them into pilot studies and amplify as appropriate.
Conservation International undertakes numerous strategic programs and research activities across the Asia-Pacific region. By leveraging the ready pool of academics and students in the region, the Centre facilitates interactions between University academics and Conservation International, to develop collaborative projects that will contribute to both practical conservation impacts and a deep understanding of the ecology and socioeconomic contexts of the region. Related to these outcomes are the opportunities to produce joint publications to communicate conservation innovation and findings for broader application.
Indeed such partnerships help with quantifying the values of natural ecosystems, identifying priority regions for action, and improving our understanding of the implications of climate change for conservation. More importantly, it leads to cost effective investment of resources into conservation efforts. Such a knowledge base is also useful in terms of informing the regional strategies for sustainable development of intergovernmental agencies such as the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank, World Bank and the United Nations.