Our Mission

The Center for Collaborative Conservation (CCC) helps create innovative and lasting conservation solutions for people and nature through collaboration. We believe that a collaborative approach can better address contentious conservation issues by representing the diverse voices, diverse needs, and diverse challenges involved in conservation and livelihood decisions.

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Our Approach

Leveraging the resources of Colorado State University, the CCC uses a multifaceted approach that reflects the university’s land grant mission of teaching, outreach, and research. We train future conservationists through university coursework, support conservation practitioners in developing skills in collaboration, and investigate how and why collaboration succeeds or fails in achieving desired outcomes. Through our Fellows Program and a partner initiative, Peaks to People, we are expanding the reach of the CCC into communities around the world.


Classroom and experiential learning for undergraduate and graduate students


Strategies to build collaborative capacity designed by practitioners for practitioners


Investigating how and why collaborative conservation succeeds and fails

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Worldwide network of students, researchers, and practitioners in collaborative conservation


An evolving, interactive Atlas of Collaborative Conservation in Colorado


A watershed investment fund in Northern Colorado