Congo Basin Institute


To find integrative breakthrough solutions that conserve the environment and meet the vital needs of the developing world.


By 2050, over 9 billion people are projected to compete for scarce resources on a planet experiencing the effects of severe climate change. We envision a world that meets its people's needs for health and nutrition, while developing sustainable exonomies and preserving the natural diversity of its ecosystems.


To create a network of permanent, multi-disciplinary enterprises focused on innovative, evidence-based solutions to critical development challenges. The first will be the Congo Basin Institute (CBI) located in Cameroon, Africa, dedicated to finding solutions to the interconnected issues of climate change, human disease, food and water security, and loss of biodiversity.

How We Work

Together with our globally recognized partners, we will leverage the diverse resources of universities, industry, government, and development organizations. Emphasizing in-country building, the CBI will expand the existing campus of our International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA) partner in Yaoundé to include a Research and Education Park that will provide a variety of buildings and resources. This innovative CBI structure will enable rapid scaling up of programs and partners to address emerging development issues, as well as advance project replication in other regions within Congo Basin nations.

Who We Are

Phase 1
Left: Learning Center
Right: Conference / Dining Center
View Looking West

Phase 1
Left: Lodging Facilities and Pedestrian Paths
View Looking Northwest


Thomas B. Smith
Professor, Dept. of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology
Founder & Director, Center for Tropical Research
Institute of the Environment and Sustainability
University of California, Los Angeles
Los Angeles, CA
90095-1496 USA

Mark Gold
Acting Director
Institute of the Environment and Sustainability
University of California, Los Angeles
Los Angeles, CA
90095-1496 USA

Phase 1
Aerial View
View Looking Northwest over Phase 1 of the CBI

CTR Bird

Center for Tropical Research | UCLA Institute of the Environment and Sustainability
La Kretz Hall, Suite 300 | 619 Charles E. Young Dr. East | Los Angeles, CA 90095-1496

The Center for Tropical Research, located on the third floor of La Kretz Hall, is part of the Institute of the Environment and Sustainability at the University of California, Los Angeles. For general inquiries, contact Christa Gomez, CTR Office Manager, at 310-206-6234, or by email at cgomez@lifesci.ucla.edu. Visitors are always welcome.

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