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We work in countries that are situated within high priority areas for biodiversity conservation. These areas are the world's most ecologically rich yet threatened places: biodiversity hotspots, high-biodiversity wilderness areas and key marine ecosystems. CI selects these areas through a highly targeted strategy for protecting critical ecosystems and species. This targeted approach results in a high return on conservation investment.

In all our regions of operations, we aim to protect three types of areas:

Biodiversity Hotspots
Earth's biologically richest places, the biodiversity hotspots claim especially high numbers of endemic species, yet their combined area covers less than two percent of the Earth's land surface. Each hotspot faces extreme threats, and has already lost at least 70 percent of its original natural vegetation.

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High-biodiversity wilderness areas
Wilderness areas are vast regions of undisturbed land with very low human populations. These areas are important as major storehouses of biodiversity, for watershed protection, carbon sequestration, pollination and other ecosystem services. Five regions are considered "high biodiversity wilderness areas" because, like the hotspots, they have high plant endemism.

Key marine ecosystems
These areas are Earth's most biologically rich and productive ocean environments (not indicated).


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