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The Center for Applied Biodiversity Science (CABS), the scientific hub of Conservation International, works to link science and action to guide the conservation of nature worldwide.

Conservation initiatives have garnered significant political support in the last quarter century, as is evident in the international consensus around instruments such as the 1992 Convention on Biological Diversity. Political and economic support alone, however, is not enough to preserve the Earth's dwindling biodiversity. The conservation community can only be effective if it is equipped with clear goals, objectives, and strategies grounded in reliable and verifiable scientific research. There is still much to learn about the Earth's natural diversity, its role in ecosystem function and related services, and the most effective ways to preserve it.

Scientists at CABS work to fill these knowledge gaps. Founded in 1999 with generous support from the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation, CABS brings together a staff of more than 70 research scientists who are highly respected in their fields and dedicated to saving our biodiversity.


Conservation International (CI) is an international, non-profit organization based in Arlington, VA. CI's mission is to conserve the Earth's living natural heritage, our global biodiversity, and to demonstrate that human societies are able to live harmoniously with nature.

Conservation International, 2011 Crystal Drive, Suite 500, Arlington, VA 22202 USA, Tel. 1-703-341-2400, Fax. 1-703-553-0654, Web.,


CI-PNG is a non-profit organization working to identify high priorities for conservation in Papua New Guinea. CI works in collaboration with land/marine owners and other key stakeholders including Provincial Governments, Local Level Governments, the Department of Environment and Conservation, the National Fisheries Authority, the private sector and other NGOs. CI-PNG focuses on biodiversity research and surveys, establishment of protected areas, environment and conservation education and awareness, community livelihood programs, and good governance and institutional strengthening programs with the aim of building community-based capacity for long term management of high-priority conservation sites.

Conservation International (PNG), P.O. Box 106, Waigani, NCD, Papua New Guinea, Tel. 675 3231532, Fax. 675 3254234, Email. Web.


The Department of Environment and Conservation has the statutory responsibility to survey, document and preserve Papua New Guinea's biological diversity. The central office is in the capital Port Moresby but the Department has representatives based at major resource projects throughout PNG and staff are involved in a variety of conservation initiatives around the country.

Department of Environment and Conservation (DEC), P.O. Box 6601, Boroko, NCD, Papua New Guinea, Tel. 675 325 195, Fax. 325 0182, Email.


The South Australian Museum is one of Australia's leading research and educational institutions, showcasing 150 years of collecting and research that started with the first director, Frederick George Waterhouse, in 1856. The museum has a long history of research in the Pacific Region and the breadth and quality of the collections, as well as its scientific research, is reflected in substantial exhibits including the Pacific Gallery, Aboriginal artefacts, an Ancient Egyptian display, Ediacaran fossils from the beginnings of geological time, megafauna and opalised fossils, and items from the exploits of Antarctic explorers such as Douglas Mawson. A strong focus on biological systematics, from the molecular to the organismal level, has placed the museum at the forefront of biodiversity research in the Australasian region.

South Australian Museum, North Terrace, Adelaide, South Australia 5000, Australia, Tel. +61 8 8207 7500, Fax. +61 8 8207 7430, web.


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