Beginning in 1999, representatives from founding ABCG member organizations created an informal partnership to discuss the value of focused collaboration as a way to achieve greater conservation impact than the members could acting individually. They agreed that a number of priority biodiversity issues were not being adequately addressed by any one institution or the development assistance community at large. In addition, the complexities of many of these issues required a range of expertise and experience that no one institution possessed.

ABCG’s core members share their experiences and work together to translate their knowledge into practical tools and guides to address conservation challenges, inform policy, and integrate biodiversity conservation into international development agendas.


Established in 1961 the African Wildlife Foundation was created to focus on Africa’s unique conservation needs. We’re far more than environmentalists. We’re lawyers, scientists, policymakers, and more working on the ground to help address the issues that put habitat at risk—from land-use laws and agricultural growth to settlement patterns and political instability. Our mission is to ensure wildlife and wild lands thrive in modern Africa.


Established in 1977, Jane Goodall created the Jane Goodall Institute to ensure that her vision and life’s work continue to mobilize the collective power of individual action to save the natural world we all share. Following in the trailblazing footsteps of our founder, we inspire hope through action, encouraging individuals around the world to join us in taking care of the planet we call home. Whether we’re restoring chimpanzee habitat, improving women’s health in a nearby village, or working with our youth groups, we find practical ways to make the greatest lasting impact for people, animals and the environment.


Established in 1951, The Nature Conservancy is working around the world to protect ecologically important lands and waters for nature and people. We address the threats to conservation involving climate change, access to clean water, ocean health and everything in between. Our work is crucial to keep vital habitats and unique species from being lost forever.


Established in 1982, the World Resources Institute is a global research organization that turns big ideas into action at the nexus of environment, economic opportunity, and human well-being. We focus our efforts on influential and emerging economies where the future of sustainability will be determined and engage with decision makers to carry out our ideas and elevate our impact. We aspire to create a world where the actions of government, business and communities combine to eliminate poverty and sustain the natural environment for all people.


Established in 1987, Conservation International is helping to construct a healthier, more prosperous and more productive planet. Building upon a strong foundation of science, partnership and field demonstration, we empower societies to responsibly and sustainably care for nature, our global biodiversity, for the well-being of humanity. Our ultimate goal is to protect the most fundamental things that nature provides to all of us: our food, our freshwater, our livelihoods and a stable climate.


Established in 1895, the Wildlife Conservation Society is committed to saving wildlife and wild places worldwide through science, conservation action, education, and inspiring people to value nature. We envision a world where wildlife thrives in healthy lands and seas, valued by societies that embrace and benefit from the diversity and integrity of life on earth. Our goal is to conserve the world’s largest wild places in 16 priority regions, home to more than 50% of the world’s biodiversity.


Established in 1961, the World Wildlife Fund for Nature’s mission is to conserve nature and reduce the most pressing threats to the diversity of life on earth. Our unique way of working combines global reach with a foundation in science, involves action at every level from local to global, and ensure the delivery of innovative solutions that meet the needs of both people and nature. Together we can protect and restore species and their habitat, and mobilize hundreds of millions of people to support conservation.

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