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Cambridge Global Challenges


This workshop seeks to explore how conservation organisations should position themselves with respect to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). It forms part of a broader Cambridge Conservation Initiative (CCI) project under Professor Bhaskar Vira (Department of Geography, University of Cambridge).

The SDGs are the successor to the Millennium Development Goals, or MDGs, and form the UN's framework for development until 2030. While the MDGs had a single, separate, goal of 'environmental sustainability', the SDGs acknowledge the importance of sustainability to all 17 goals and make more explicit mention of biodiversity as well. However, they are also a lot more complicated than the MDGs with 169 targets and 232 indicators.

Positioning an organisation to address the SDGs effectively requires an understanding of the following key themes, all of which will be addressed in the session:

  • The structure of the SDGs and their relevance to biodiversity conservation
  • Understanding the role of conservation in achieving the SDGs
  • Innovative approaches to filling the gaps
  • Building a support network for navigating the SDGs as a conservation organisation (or member thereof!)


For further details about the event, please see the flyer here.

Please find further information on the broader Cambridge Conservation Initiative project here and please contact Nicholas Wilkinson ( for further questions.

Thursday, 23 November, 2017 - 14:00 to 17:00
Event location: 
Main Seminar Room, David Attenborough Building, Cambridge
Cambridge Global Challenges is a Strategic Research Initiative of the University of Cambridge that aims to enhance the contribution of its research towards addressing global challenges and achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by 2030.

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