To conduct research and broad policy research and public outreach on the future of biodiversity and Earth’s life-support systems, and on harmonizing conservation and human well-being.
HISTORY AND ACTIVITIES
The Center for Conservation Biology (CCB) was established by Prof. Paul R. Ehrlich in the Department of Biology at Stanford University in 1984 and is directed by Prof. Gretchen C. Daily. In pursuit of its mission, the CCB conducts interdisciplinary research to build a sound basis for the conservation, management, and restoration of biodiversity and ecosystem services, to evaluate factors that are leading to declining environmental security and increasing inequity, and to find practical solutions to that predicament. Our research integrates biological and natural sciences with economic, anthropological, institutional, and other social science perspectives.
THE BOETHING LECTURES
Each year the CCB sponsors the Boething Lecture on Forests and the Human Predicament, in honor of the late John and Susan Boething:
Boething Lecture History
THE NATURAL CAPITAL PROJECT
The CCB supports fundamental research of theNatural Capital Project, a partnership whose mission is to align economic forces with conservation by mainstreaming the values of natural capital into decisions. “NatCap” is a joint venture among Stanford University's Woods Institute for the Environment, University of Minnesota's Institute on the Environment, The Nature Conservancy, and World Wildlife Fund.
The CCB is helping to organize the Millennium Assessment of Human Behavior. In response to the failure of societies to take action to stem the slide towards ecological disaster, this international program is attempting to find ways to steer cultural evolution towards sustainability. It strives to bring social scientists together with natural scientists to seek solutions to the human predicament and to organize wide-ranging “bottom-up” discussions to gain input from both decision makers and the international public. For more details see:
P.R. Ehrlich 2010. The MAHB, the culture
SUPPORTING THE CCB
The Center for Conservation Biology welcomes inquiries and contributions. Please contact us if you are interested in donating to the Center, or fill out the form provided.
Center for Conservation Biology
Department of Biology
Stanford, CA 94305-5020
CCB Donation Form [pdf]