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Science is the fundamental building block of Conservation International's (CI) conservation activities. In 1998, with a generous grant from Gordon and Betty Moore and the Moore Family Foundation, the Center for Applied Biodiversity Science (CABS) was created with two mandates: to serve as the scientific research core of CI and to contribute towards linking academic and applied conservation science.

In CABS, biologists, social scientists, and economists come together to analyze biodiversity throughout the world, to better understand what drives its loss, and through science to predict and prevent continued degradation in freshwater, marine, and terrestrial ecosystems.

Establishing Baselines, Forecasting Threats, Designing Responses
CABS compiles and analyzes baseline data on biodiversity, threats to it, and possible responses. CABS uses these biological data about species, remote sensing data about ecosystems, and socio-economic data about trends in commodities production and human populations, to design appropriate conservation actions. The concept of "conservation concessions", for example, emerged from CABS research.

Supporting conservation targets and priorities
CABS provides scientific support in systematic conservation planning to the CI Centers for Biodiversity Conservation in the field and to partner organizations. We help CI's regional programs synthesize diverse biological, environmental, and socio-economic datasets to establish targets and priorities for conservation outcomes at species, site, and corridor scales. CABS also helps guide global priorities in the areas in which CI works, both biodiversity hotspots and high-biodiversity wilderness areas.

An early warning system for biodiversity
In 2001, support from the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation allowed CABS to establish the Tropical Ecology, Assessment, and Monitoring (TEAM) initiative. TEAM is supporting a growing worldwide network of tropical forest field stations that will use standardized protocols to collect and share data. These data will provide a global surveillance system for tropical forests, a biodiversity early warning system.

Resources and Links
CI Wide
CABS Web site:www.biodiversityscience.org
TEAM Web site: www.teaminitiative.org
Conservation Concessions: Conservation Economics Program

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Moore Foundation: http://www.moore.org


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Bats found during the Simandou Rapid Assement, Guinea

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Blue-Breasted kingfisher, Guinea

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