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CICI's multifaceted community and conservation initiatives are aligned with the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), underpinning a commitment to environmental sustainability and social equity. By empowering local communities and promoting gender equality in conservation efforts, CICI contributes to SDG 5 (Gender Equality) and SDG 15 (Life on Land), fostering resilient ecosystems and inclusive societies. Through innovative research and monitoring techniques, CICI addresses critical knowledge gaps, advancing progress towards SDG 14 (Life Below Water) by protecting vulnerable marine species and preserving biodiversity. These concerted efforts exemplify CICI's dedication to sustainable development, driving positive change for both present and future generations in line with the broader global agenda.

Community Conservation

These programs are designed to empower local populations, ensuring that conservation is both inclusive and beneficial to those directly impacted by the initiatives. CICI not only seeks to protect the unique biodiversity of the partner island groups but also to ensure that local populations are active participants in, and beneficiaries of, the conservation process.

Coral Reef Monitoring & Restoration

Understanding the critical role coral reefs play in marine ecosystems, CICI engages in restoration projects to revive damaged reefs. This involves cultivating coral fragments in nurseries and transplanting them to degraded areas, aiming to restore reef health and biodiversity.


CICI works to safeguard sea turtles, which are facing threats from poaching, habitat loss, and climate change. They monitor nesting sites, protect hatchlings, and conduct research to ensure these ancient mariners can thrive.

Shark & Ray Research

CICI conducts research to understand shark and ray species in the Conflict Islands. Through population assessments, habitat mapping, the program aims to protect these vulnerable species and their critical marine habitats, promoting biodiversity conservation in the region.

Manta Research

CICI conducts vital research on manta ray populations in the Conflict Islands and surrounding waters. Through tagging, tracking, and behavioral studies, it aims to understand manta ray movements, habitat preferences, and population dynamics. This research informs conservation strategies to protect these majestic creatures and their habitats.

Marine Debris & Plastic Pollution

CICI's Marine Debris Program is a proactive initiative combating ocean pollution. Through beach clean-ups, dives against debris and thorough auditing system, it tackles plastic waste, safeguarding marine life and habitats.

Epaulette Shark Research

This project will provide insights to Michael’s epaulette shark, a new species of epaulette only described in 2010. We are working to discover their threats, habitat use, reproduction patterns, and will provide the opportunity to collect photos to  establish a photo identification database and capacity building for CICI's rangers.

Monitoring & Education

CICI conducts scientific research and ongoing monitoring of marine populations and habitats. This data is vital for assessing the health of the ecosystem, understanding the impacts of conservation efforts, and guiding future actions.

Solwara Meri Rangers

The Solwara Meri Rangers program empowers women through conservation initiatives. Through education and training in areas like resource management and eco-tourism, it fosters women's leadership roles. By integrating women into environmental stewardship, the program promotes gender equality while biodiversity is maintained.

Marine Conservation Education

CICI places a strong emphasis on education, raising awareness about the importance of marine conservation among local communities and visitors. They provide educational programs that highlight the value of preserving marine life and ecosystems.

Indigenous Ranger Empowerment

The initiative supports indigenous rangers, empowering local communities to take an active role in conservation efforts. These rangers are crucial for monitoring environmental health, enforcing protection measures, and engaging in sustainable practices.

Community Development

By integrating community development with conservation initiatives, CICI aims to ensure that protecting the natural environment also translates into tangible benefits for the local population, fostering a harmonious relationship between human communities and the marine ecosystem. This approach not only enhances the effectiveness of conservation efforts but also contributes to building resilient and sustainable communities in the Conflict Islands and beyond.



Protecting the World’s Most Endangered Species

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