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In the face of continued and rapid loss of species and habitats around the world, much remains to be learned about biodiversity and the best ways to conserve it. The status of thousands of terrestrial, freshwater and marine species must be assessed. Researchers must determine how much continuous habitat is needed for the survival of many plant and animal populations. Scientists and policymakers are only just beginning to understand the potential impacts of climate change and other human activities on nature.

Science is the heart of our work. It defines our priorities. The Center for Applied Biodiversity Science (CABS) is the hub of CI’s scientific and technical operations. Its mission is to strengthen the ability of CI and other leading institutions to identify and respond effectively to the emerging threats affecting Earth’s biological diversity.

CABS develops cost-effective strategies and solutions for biodiversity conservation. CABS tools provide an early warning system to alert the global conservation community to pending problems. CABS research enables us to establish baselines, to define and prioritize outcomes, to monitor changes, and to determine links between biodiversity and human welfare. Those actions are basic components of sound conservation that become ever more important as threats to biodiversity increase.

CABS provides an increasing number of tools and greater expertise – spanning ecological and human dimensions – necessary to support CI’s regional programs. During the past 5 years, CABS has emerged as a leading center for mobilizing partnerships and alliances to leverage biological science for conservation. Through numerous initiatives and partnerships, it has opened new and exciting opportunities to access vital biodiversity data. CABS fellows and partners generate information on threatened species and habitats at an unprecedented pace. They are identifying gaps in the knowledge base and are creating opportunities to help CI and the global conservation community better understand the constantly shifting threat matrix.

With our in-house scientific and technical capacity and our global outreach through fellows and partnerships, CABS has become the first permanent forum for some of the world’s best scientists dedicated to solving the biodiversity crisis.

Resources and Links
CI Wide
CABS Web site: www.biodiversityscience.org
Hotspots Web site: www.biodiversityhotspots.org
TEAM Web site: www.teaminitiative.org
Frontlines: Science News


© CI, Piotr Naskrecki
An entomologist identifies a biting assassin bug (Platymeris rhadamanthus) during a RAP expedition in Botswana's Okavango Delta.

© CI, Haroldo Castro
The CABS Reptile and Amphibian Conservation program is a member of the Turtle Survival Alliance (TSA), a partnership network for sustainable captive management of freshwater turtles and tortoises.

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