Who We Are
The IUCN WCPA Connectivity Conservation Specialist Group (CCSG) was established in 2016 and is composed of 920+ individual volunteer members from 120+ countries.
CCSG Members work in government, scientific, academic, non-profit, and business sectors with over 450 institutions represented across the growing community. By combining expertise and institutional resources, the Specialist Group collaborates to develop, promote, and apply connectivity conservation as an innovative nature-based solution to enhance the integrity of protected areas, save biodiversity, and increase resilience to climate change across terrestrial, freshwater, and marine ecosystems.
With a focus on conserving interconnected systems of protected areas, conserved areas (OECMs), and other intact natural areas, members contribute to global efforts, while also addressing specific challenges to ecosystems and species in their countries and regions. Members also have the opportunity to further contribute their expertise through four CCSG Working Groups undertaking subsidiary efforts, each with their respective work plans:
- Marine Connectivity Working Group (MCWG);
- Transport Working Group (TWG);
- Asian Elephant Transport Working Group (AsETWG); and
- Latin America and Caribbean Transport Working Group (LACTWG),
The CCSG Secretariat is supported by a small team at the Center for Large Landscape Conservation in Bozeman, Montana (USA).