The Center for Collaborative Conservation (CCC) was established in CSU’s Warner College of Natural Resources in 2008 to inform, promote, and support collaboration on tough conservation issues across Colorado, the American West, and the world. We invite you to read about the CCC’s first decade of scholarship and impact in 10-Year Report: Transforming Conservation through Collaboration.
CCC’s first decade set a strong foundation for even great impact of nature and people in the next decade. Our vision and mission express our aspirations. Our values inform everything we do.
We envision a resilient world where diverse people work together to conserve nature and build healthy communities. Our mission is to build the capacity of organizations, communities, and future leaders to achieve conservation impact, while applying Colorado State University’s world-class research and education. We do this by:
At the CCC, we believe all our work must rest on a strong foundation of values. The values that guide all our work are:
We bridge scholarship and conservation action. We build the capacity of people, and resilience of human and natural communities. We integrate nature with human well-being. We engage people who can deliver outcomes.
We embrace natural and human diversity. We inquire humbly and listen carefully. We support under-represented and marginalized groups. We value Indigenous and local perspectives. Our actions reflect that individuals and communities matter.
We actively learn with those who study and practice collaborative conservation. We engage CSU faculty in a common research agenda. We learn with community members. We are open and curious as we strive for improvement.