2016
Annual Report

We live in uncertain times.
But there is one thing we can be sure of:

People need nature to survive.


At CI, we have always done what is right for communities and for nature — regardless of whether it is easy or conventional. Our message is a powerful one. We know that there is a direct link between conservation and the economic well-being and security interests of all people and all nations. We know that sustainability is essential for stable livelihoods and long-term economic growth. We know that conserving nature and its benefits is an imperative, not a luxury. And through your support, we have thrived.

Peter Seligmann
Chairman and CEO, Conservation International

Featured Story #1
Working with communities for local action
A native of West Papua, Indonesia, Ronald Mambrasar began fighting for marine conservation when he saw the destruction of the coral reefs West Papuans have depended on for generations. For the past 12 years, CI and our partners have worked with community leaders like Mambrasar to protect an area known as the Bird’s Head Seascape — the single greatest reservoir of marine life on the planet.

1,765 species

The Bird’s Head Seascape contains more species of fish than the Great Barrier Reef at only one-tenth the size.

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Protecting the Bird’s Head Seascape, Forever
As a result of this community-led effort, the reefs are recovering and fish are returning — but there is still more work to be done. The Blue Abadi Fund, the largest dedicated fund for a marine conservation area in the world, will support local management of this region in perpetuity.
Featured Story #1
“Valen’s Reef,” CI’s first virtual reality film
To share the remarkable story about the Bird’s Head Seascape, CI teamed up with The Tiffany & Co. Foundation to create “Valen’s Reef,” a 360-degree immersive experience.
Featured Story #2
Brewing Sustainability
Coffee is the most widely traded tropical agricultural product in the world, and demand continues to rise. Yet nearly every major coffee-producing region of the world is feeling the impacts of climate change.

120 million people

As changing weather patterns cause areas to become less suitable for growing the crop, the 120 million people who rely on coffee for their livelihoods face an uncertain future.

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Changing the nature of business
The governments of Rwanda and Mexico, as well as companies such as McDonald’s, have signed on to the Sustainable Coffee Challenge with the goal of making coffee the world’s first sustainable agricultural product. Also, Starbucks launched the One Tree for Every Bag program to provide 20 million new coffee trees to farmers to replace old or diseased trees.
Featured Story #3
Pioneering Science & Technology
We innovate for the future. We strive to accomplish our mission faster, with fewer resources, for greater impact.
Featured Story #3
Building resilience with data
The Resilience Atlas is an interactive tool for government leaders and resource managers to make smart, evidence-based decisions on which investments increase resilience to climate variability, conflict and other external shocks.

Tracking the world’s largest fish

CI scientists in Indonesia have attached satellite transmitters to the fins of 23 whale sharks.

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Bringing firefighting into the digital age
Firecast OnSight is an app that uses satellite data to alert forest rangers within minutes of an outbreak. Over time, fire data is modeled to predict where and when a fire might start.
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Finances


CI’s donors and partners know that we need nature. Their tremendous generosity is helping CI protect the planet for the future of us all.

For detailed 2016 financials,
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FY2016 revenue totalled US$ 212 million
FY2016 expenses totalled US$ 152 million

Volunteer leaders


People who inspire us and are making a difference in how we protect nature, from Boston to Bogotá.

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Lee Pace

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Lee Pace

Actor, CI Leadership Council Member
New York, NY


What does nature mean to you?

I need nature to survive and to enjoy the little time we have on this planet. The Earth doesn't need us, but we need it.

You have turned your international fan base into a community of conservationists — why?

I’ve learned that nature is as important to them as it is to me. Whether they’re gardeners, hikers or armchair scientists, we’re engaged in an exciting conversation.

What has inspired your deep relationship with CI?

The results. From herders in South Africa, to fishermen in small Indonesian harbors, to South American governments — CI gets results. With CI in Kenya, I met Samburu and Maasai warriors. We ran together surrounded by giraffe, buffalo and zebras. It was surreal, and it inspired me to run the New York Marathon to support CI. Hearing the crowds on the sidelines shouting the phrase on my CI t-shirt, “People Need Nature” — it was one of the best experiences of my life.

Do you have hope for the planet?

Yes. With the committed, smart people I’ve met at CI, I know we’ll make the changes needed to survive on this planet.

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Kathleen McLaughlin

Portrait of Kathleen McLaughlin

Kathleen McLaughlin

Senior Vice President and Chief Sustainability Officer, Wal‑Mart Stores Inc.
Bentonville, AR


How did Walmart come to realize nature matters?

Nature is the source and destination of all we consume: the food, household goods and apparel used around the world. We witnessed the impact of Hurricane Katrina. Walmart jumped in, working with local governments to save lives. We saw our strengths and set our goals for 100 percent renewable energy, zero waste and more sustainably produced products.

What is the global effect of your commitment to sustainability?

We deliberately challenged ourselves and others — suppliers, retailers and governments. We’re measured and careful about what we commit to. We do our homework, understand the realities and are committed to acting collectively to succeed. Our partners are now developing their own standards on emissions, waste, renewable energy, deforestation and more.

What do you hope to see?

We hope to transform the retail, production, consumption, distribution and end of life for all food and goods so they are truly sustainable for people and the planet. If we want coffee in the future, its production and distribution must be made sustainable today. We need CI’s help with its deep expertise and network of relationships. Conservation International’s voice is inspirational.

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Danilo Ochoa

Portrait of Danilo Ochoa

Danilo Ochoa

CI Youth Leader, Artist, Musician
Bogotá, Colombia


You helped your mother clean up streams at 5, joined a gang at 14 and have since become a conservationist. How did that happen?

Gangs offered me — and kids like me — a family. I grew up surrounded by nature. As I saw it disappear, I realized that my actions could benefit nature. I left drugs, spent a short stint in prison and began my journey with CI.

Why do you need nature?

Nature provides all: our food, air, water and shelter. But for me it is the spiritual tranquility I value most.

You work with youth in your community. What inspires your work transforming young lives?

I meet hundreds of kids who share my story. I want them to make the transformation I made. Let’s change their thinking about nature and themselves.

What does your future hold?

My hope is for future generations to pursue their dreams through conservation, art and community. It all stems from having self-worth. That’s what allows you to appreciate your surroundings. There shouldn’t be a need for conservation. Nature should be allowed to function and flow freely. But until then, there is CI. CI is family.

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Dr. Yvonne Lui, Ph.D.

Portrait of Dr. Yvonne Lui, Ph.D.

Dr. Yvonne Lui, Ph.D.

Mother, Scientist, CI Board Member
Hong Kong, China


As a scientist, what attracted you to CI?

CI is working to bring about planet-sized change for the good of humanity. I support their vision. CI’s results-oriented approach is based on a strong foundation of science, field work and partnerships.

Why did you underwrite CI’s Lui-Walton Innovators Fellowship?

Together with Rob and Melani Walton, I believe we need to recruit proven innovators and passionate, young conservationists from the East and West. I’m excited to invest in the next generation of scientists, decision-makers and change agents.

Why do you need nature?

Nature is the great provider, offering medicinal benefits, shelter and the food that we take for granted on a daily basis. I — we — cannot survive without it.

You are keenly interested in children experiencing nature. Why?

Children are ambassadors for conservation. I’m inspired by my children’s interest in nature’s wonderfully diverse wildlife. Because of them, I place great importance on securing the future of our planet.

What is the hope you have for our future?

I hope that we accomplish CI's vision of a healthy, prosperous world in which societies are forever committed to caring for and valuing nature.

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Alan & Lisa Dynner

Portrait of Alan & Lisa Dynner

Alan & Lisa Dynner

Philanthropists, CI Leadership Council Members
Boston, MA


Why do you two need nature?

Alan & Lisa: Nature provides everything we need: water, sunlight, clean air, beauty, inspiration. It provides life. Nature is our common connection — it brings us all together.

What about the ocean inspires you?

Alan: It’s in my DNA. I grew up diving. It’s the only place on Earth where you can fly with only an air tank on your back. But I’ve seen the enormous impacts humans have had on the oceans. It’s very important that we preserve them for future generations.

What is important about CI’s Center for Oceans?

Lisa: CI is a magnet for attracting the best, from its scientists to its managers. They’re creating amazing new ways to protect nature for people.
Alan: CI is using science and big data, planning with indigenous communities, creating marine protected areas and developing new fishing techniques.

You tend to get behind projects earlier than others. Why?

Alan: I like to create the impetus and get rolling. When I see a true visionary like CI with practical ideas for saving our oceans, it just makes sense to help.

What do both of you hope for the future?

Alan & Lisa: We hope that more people, institutions and communities incorporate a conscious effort to care for our environment. We're talking about our survival and the survival of the planet.

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Kevin Starr

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Kevin Starr

Managing Director, Mulago Foundation
San Francisco, CA


The Mulago Foundation fights poverty — what is the connection to conservation?

The poor depend on the services that ecosystems provide even more than others. In that way, their fate is even more closely linked to nature, and they have even more to benefit from conservation.

Why support CI?

CI is consciously ambitious. They have a self-proclaimed ambition to go big. The Conservation Stewards Program has developed a systematic model to help communities conserve nature in exchange for the development benefits they need. It's a relatively easy model to replicate.

Have you seen CI scale its work?

I'm watching CI scale up the Conservation Stewards program as we speak, and I am impressed with CI’s commitment to bringing partners from throughout the conservation world to make it happen.

Why should others get involved with conservation?

It’s hopeful work, and it’s joyous. It brings you into contact with impassioned people in remarkable places. When it works, it leaves you optimistic and with a sense of agency.

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