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Uniting the Smithsonian’s cultural and scientific expertise to advance research and share knowledge to sustain Earth’s biodiverse ecosystems.

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This April, join us for #EarthOptimism conversations all Earth Month long. From community-led conservation to sustainable design, there's something for everyone.

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A Look Back at 2020

2020 wasn’t all bad news! From indigenous-led protected areas to newly discovered species, here are some of our favorite moments of Earth Optimism from the last year.

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What is the Smithsonian Conservation Commons?

Harnessing the capacity of the Smithsonian and major partner institutions to build a global community of practice that breaks down barriers to:

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Enhancing human attitudes towards nature and conservation
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Engaging local communities with conservation science
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Managing sustainable landscapes and seascapes
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Research and conservation of imperiled species
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Training the next generation of conservation scientists