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“Collaboration is when people with a stake in a problem join forces, pool information, knock heads, construct alternative solutions, and forge an agreement.”

Barbara Gray, Author of Collaborating: Finding Common Ground for Multiparty Problems
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Cini Brown in Mongolia

Conservation means taking care of our land, water, and wildlife so the diversity of life thrives, including the people who depend on nature.  In the past, conservation has emphasized biological and ecological sciences and excluded people. We now know this approach alone cannot succeed. It takes all sides.

That is what collaborative conservation is all about. It’s an inclusive process where diverse stakeholders work together to create solutions for people and nature. This is what we teach, what we share, and how we support the work of others.

Collaborative conservation is how many of the world’s complex challenges are being solved.

We focus our work in three areas:

Through coursework, trainings, experiential opportunities, and “how to” resources, the CCC builds the skills of students and professionals so they can amplify their conservation impact.

The CCC connects students, faculty, and practitioners to share learning and find opportunities to work together.
Practicing what we preach, the CCC gets involved in projects where we have a unique ability to support conservation impact.

Latest Resources, Opportunities and News

Threaded Together: Strategies for Engaging Emerging Leaders

The session at Confluence reminded us that this work – engaging young people in conservation, cultivating their passion, and creating opportunities for growth – are the building blocks for a career of impact. They are also key components of mentorship, and feedback from this session will inform the creation of a mentorship toolkit, which will be available later this year.

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Reflections on Confluence 2024 Keynote Speaker: Lorraine Marquez Eiler

Lorraine Marquez Eiler, who is a Hia C-ed O’odham Elder, and the co-founder and board vice-president of the International Sonoran Desert Alliance (ISDA – https://www.isdanet.org/), was our keynote speaker for Confluence 2024. And I couldn’t have been more honored and excited when she accepted our invitation to come speak with the Confluence audience as our keynote. Lorraine is a collaborative visionary with decades of experience, not only working with partners from a variety of professional backgrounds, but among partners from three different nations – the Tohono O’odham Nation, Mexico, and the United States.

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