Natural resources sustain all human activity, but as the world population grows, it will require deliberate human activity to sustain our natural resources. Responsible management of these resources can lead to poverty alleviation, improved public health, and national stability and security; irresponsible management can lead to economic collapse, disease, and war. The CCN's Natural Resource Wealth Management™ initiatives strike a balance between the needs of today with those of tomorrow by designing and implementing creative solutions that will allow all countries - both donor and developing - to manage their natural resources effectively and efficiently.
Market Oriented Solutions: The CCN is committed to finding innovative ways to improve human lives and livelihoods while ensuring that good conservation will provide those same benefits for future generations. In the developing world, many communities have to resort to desperate measures to secure their day-to-day survival - measures that can destroy the natural resources upon which they depend. In collaboration with those communities, countries, and the private sector, we're looking for creative solutions to those challenges: solutions that will allow for development, economic growth, and bettered lives through the effective and efficient use of what resources exist.
Public-Private Partnerships: A viable long-term conservation strategy must engage every sector - and must facilitate the cooperation of those sectors. The CCN is bringing together governments and the private sector to pool expertise, innovations, and funding towards addressing the world's conservation needs. Our strong network of country members and corporate and NGO partners brings together leaders from all fields at dozens of events and programs every year, fostering the collaborative efforts that will make effective conservation solutions reality.
Sustainable Economic Development: As the world prepares to feed a population of 9 billion by 2050, finding innovative ways to do more with fewer resources must be at the top of our priorities nationally and internationally. Economies and infrastructure must continue to grow in the developing world, since growing wealth and resource distribution are necessary components for meeting the needs of the expanding population. But if that growth abuses our natural resources - especially those which are not renewable - the benefits brought by economic gains will fail to be passed down to the next generations. Sustainable economic development is the key to ensuring sufficient food, water, and security for the future. The Conservation Council of Nations is committed to market-driven conservation approaches that encourage strong economies while protecting the resources that will power the coming population boom. Through transnational parliamentary talks and program initiatives, the CCN will pioneer new and creative ways to grow economies, improve lives, and conserve the environment.