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The Nature Conservancy

Working to protect the land and waters on which all life depends

The Nature Conservancy is a global environmental nonprofit working to create a world where people and nature can thrive.  Learn more at nature.org.

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Why should I support your work?

The challenges facing our natural world have never been greater and the need for bold solutions has never been more urgent. Your generous support of The Nature Conservancy will put the best conservation science into action right now.

We rely on diverse voices and dedicated supporters to achieve unparalleled results.

  • Grounded in Science: More than 400 scientists and 3,600 staff members around the world.
  • Place Based: Conservation work in 72 countries spanning six continents and all 50 United States.
  • A Strong Network of Support: More than 1 million dedicated members and a far-reaching alumni network of conservation leaders worldwide.
  • A Lasting Legacy: More than 119 million acres of land protected, thousands of miles of rivers conserved, and more than 100 marine conservation projects.
Why does your charity exist?

The planet is at a crossroads. The actions we take together right now are important to protecting the natural world we rely on today—and for setting us on the path to a more hopeful, sustainable future.
 

What specifically do you do?

The Nature Conservancy is taking on the planet’s biggest, most important challenges by focusing on priorities that science shows are the most urgent and where our innovation and expertise can be game changers.

  • Tackle Climate Change: Global temperatures have sharply risen over the last century, and it is clear that swift, bold action is required to avoid the increasingly severe impacts of climate change.
  • Protect Land and Water: We have helped protect more than 119 million acres of land, countless miles of rivers and streams and the world’s largest oceans. And we plan to protect more by 2025.
  • Provide Food and Water Sustainably: Food demand is expected to increase by more than 50 percent in just the next 30 years as the world’s population continues to grow—it’s a challenge that can be met.
  • Build Healthy Cities: By 2050, two-thirds of people will live in cities. Thoughtful planning, smart growth and nature can generate benefits for communities, for people’s health and for the economy.
How will this make a difference?

Every acre we protect, every river mile restored, every species brought back from the brink, begins with you. Your support will help take action on-the-ground in all 50 states and 72 countries.

How is your work different from that of other, similar charities?

From our historic work in land acquisition to cutting-edge research that influences global policy, The Nature Conservancy is constantly adapting to take on our planet’s biggest, most important challenges. Our vision is a world where the diversity of life thrives, and people act to conserve nature for its own sake and its ability to fulfill our needs and enrich our lives.

What have you accomplished?

Of the hundreds of conservation actions that The Nature Conservancy oversaw in fiscal year 2018, the following are achievements from all of our regional programs, selected to show the scope and diversity of strategies we undertake with partners in pursuit of our mission:

Africa: Kenya – Coffee farmers conserve soil and water

The Upper Tana-Nairobi Water Fund helps secure water in and around Nairobi, which gets 95 percent of its water from the Tana River. TNC and water fund partners are working with more than 20,000 farming households—one in four of which is headed by women—throughout the watershed to reduce erosion and water use. As part of this effort, more than 8,000 farmers received Rainforest Alliance certification for their coffee crops and therefore earned higher prices per pound. To receive this internationally recognized designation, farmers must meet rigorous environmental standards.

 

Asia-Pacific: Indonesia – Rural communities empowered through phone app

With funding from the NetHope 2017 Device Challenge, The Nature Conservancy has leveraged the rapidly expanding use of smartphones to better connect remote villages. So far, more than 160 villages (totaling more than half a million people) can share strategies for improving forest management and their livelihoods. A recent government push for social forestry will further empower villages to protect forests from overlogging, palm oil plantation expansion and other threats. Forest protection is a key component of Indonesia’s efforts to reduce emissions under the Paris Agreement to combat climate change.

 

Europe: The Balkans – Repowering a region’s pristine rivers

The Balkans are home to Europe’s last remaining free-flowing rivers. The region is rich in biodiversity and steeped in cultural heritage, but also on the brink of a hydropower development of potentially thousands of projects. We are bringing TNC’s expertise in renewable energy and conservation planning to encourage diversification of renewable power generation through better, environmentally sound siting. The Conservancy recently welcomed representatives from a number of Balkan countries to Wyoming for a study tour of wild and scenic rivers. Attendees heard from multiple experts about the mechanics of the Wild and Scenic Rivers Act and the positive impact it has had on ecosystems, communities and economies.

 

India – Demonstrating river restoration in the Central Highlands

The Narmada River flows through the Central Indian high-lands, a Global Priority Landscape for tiger conservation as it supports more than 30 percent of India’s tiger population. The river also provides water, food and livelihoods to more than 25 million people. TNC has scientifically identified locations along Narmada’s riverbanks where reforestation efforts will have the highest benefits for people, biodiversity and the river. We are using this science to implement a reforestation project along a 3-mile stretch of the Narmada. Our long-term vision is to catalyze reforestation along the entire length of the river by providing this tried and tested reforestation model to state policy-makers, businesses, nongovernmental organizations and local communities.

 

Latin America: Peru – Protecting one of the world’s last intact forests

The government of Peru established Yaguas National Park in the Peruvian Amazon. Roughly the size of the New York metropolitan area, the new park will prevent the loss of about 1.5 million tons of carbon over the next two decades. The Nature Conservancy supported this initiative through policy advocacy and raising awareness about the area’s ecological and cultural importance. As Peru’s former Prime Minister Mercedes Aráoz put it, the park “will not only conserve a natural sanctuary, which is home to unique species, but also generate opportunities for indigenous families.”

 

North America: Pacific Coast – Engaging Emerald Edge indigenous communities

The Emerald Edge is the largest intact coastal temperate rainforest on Earth, spanning 100 million acres in Southeast Alaska, coastal British Columbia, and Washington state’s Olympic Peninsula. It’s home to more than 50 indigenous communities, whose culture and livelihood are rooted in these lands and waters and whose stewardship is crucial to its future. To succeed, we’re putting the priorities of indigenous and local people first—investing in youth generating new wealth and long-term economic resources, and creating new peer connections across the region so that people can learn from and inspire each other.

How can I be sure you’ll use my money wisely?

The Nature Conservancy is one of the most effective and efficient environmental organizations in the world.

Building on nearly six decades of experience, we've protected more than 119 million acres of land and 5,000 river miles—and we operate more than 100 marine conservation projects globally.

We are able to accomplish so much because we make careful use of our resources, with 71.2% of our funding going directly toward our science-driven program work. Charity Navigator and the Better Business Bureau applaud program efficiencies above 66%, meaning you can be confident that any investment in The Nature Conservancy will be put to good use.