About Us -- Vision and Mission


Publication: 2012-11-19


Protecting nature, for people today and future generations.

How do we achieve [our] mission? * Through the dedicated efforts of our diverse staff, including more than 550 scientists, located in all 50 U.S. states and 33 countries. * With the help of our many partners, from individuals and governments to local nonprofits and corporations. * By using a non-confrontational, collaborative approach and staying true to our five unique core values.


Name:Owen Ambur


Name:The Nature Conservancy


Founded in 1951, the Conservancy is the world's leading conservation organization.


  • TNC StaffThe Nature Conservancy has a strong and abiding commitment to diversity in its workforce and in the people and groups with which it works. In fact, diversity is one of the Conservancy's unique core values. We recognize the Conservancy's mission — to conserve the lands and waters on which all life depends — is best advanced by the leadership and contributions of men and women of diverse backgrounds, beliefs and cultures. We will recruit and mentor staff to create an inclusive organization that reflects the organization's global character. Learn more about working at the Conservancy and our focus on workplace diversity. Check-in with the Diversity homepage monthly for updated featured positions throughout the organization. These positions range from domestic to international opportunities.

  • ScientistsThe Earth is our conservation lab! Learn how our 550 scientists are protecting the planet.

  • TNC PartnersThe Nature Conservancy pursues non-confrontational, pragmatic, market-based solutions to conservation challenges. This makes it essential for us to work collaboratively with partners — with communities, companies, government agencies, multilateral institutions, individuals and other non-profit organizations around the globe.

  • Governmental AgenciesIn the United States, we work with federal government agencies, such as the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), the U.S. Department of the Interior (DOI), the National Park Service (NPS) and the Department of Defense (DOD) as well as agencies at the state and local level.

  • CompaniesFor decades The Nature Conservancy has recognized that the private sector has an important role to play in advancing our conservation mission. In that spirit, we are working with companies large and small around the world to help change business practices and policies, raise awareness of conservation issues, and raise funds to support important new science and conservation projects.

  • Dow Chemical CompanyThe Conservancy and Dow Chemical Company are working together on a breakthrough collaboration that will ultimately help Dow incorporate the value of nature into its company-wide goals, strategies and business objectives.

  • Coca-ColaWe are using science to help large companies like Coca-Cola determine their "water footprint" — a key strategy for keeping more water available for people, plants and animals.

  • Papua New GuineaWorking with 23 communities, The Conservancy is protecting forests and helping communities by bringing Fair Trade cocoa to Papua New Guinea.

  • Kraft FoodsCrystal Light, one of Kraft Foods' most popular brands, recognized the need to protect and conserve freshwater resources and is working with the Conservancy to raise visibility of this important issue.

  • Non-Profit OrganizationsThe Conservancy works with other like-minded organizations, ranging from large non-profit conservation groups like Conservation International and NatureServe, to local land trusts.

  • WWFExplore the Natural Capital Project, a partnership among the Conservancy, WWF, and Stanford University designed to make conservation economically attractive and commonplace throughout the world.

  • Stanford University

  • Toledo Institute for Development and Environment (TIDE)Learn how the Conservancy is supporting the Toledo Institute for Development and Environment (TIDE) to protect the natural wonder and resources of Belize.

  • Belize

  • Local StakeholdersThe Conservancy works in cooperation with private landowners and local stakeholders, such as ranchers, farmers and fishermen, to ensure good ecological management while continuing to support the local economy.

  • Private Landowners

  • Ranchers

  • Farmers

  • Fishermen

  • CaliforniaLearn how the Conservancy is working with local ranchers in California's Mount Hamilton Project

  • Long IslandLearn how the Conservancy is using sustainable aquaculture in Long Island's Great South Bay.

  • Indigenousl CommunitiesMost of the world's biodiversity exists in areas inhabited by people. Effective conservation cannot be achieved unless the people who live and rely on those lands are an integral part of the conservation process. For more than 50 years, The Nature Conservancy has depended upon partnerships with indigenous people and local communities to conserve some of the most biologically critical and threatened ecosystems on Earth.

  • Traditional Communities

  • Multilateral-Bilateral InstitutionsAlthough our primary conservation method since The Nature Conservancy began working outside the U.S. has been allocating and designing funding sources for conservation, more and more we are understanding that successful conservation strategies must include partnerships with governments, lending institutions, and other non-governmental organizations at all levels local, national and international.

  • World Wildlife FundIn 2002, the Conservancy worked with the World Wildlife Fund using funding from the U.S. Agency for International Development to launch the Indonesia Illegal Logging Project, a $10 million partnership that addresses illegal logging supply side issues in Indonesia and demand-side issues in major international markets such as China and Japan.

  • U.S. Agency for International Development

  • Indonesia

  • China

  • Japan

  • UNDPThe Conservancy has partnered with UNDP and others in the Equator Initiative, which was launched at the World Summit on Sustainable Development in Johannesburg, South Africa in September 2002.

  • Conservation Finance Alliance (CFA)The Conservancy established a new network of organizations collaborating on conservation finance initiatives — the Conservation Finance Alliance (CFA). Members in May 2003 were The Nature Conservancy, Ramsar Convention on Wetlands, Wildlife Conservation Society, Conservation International, World Wildlife Fund, USAID, German Government Agency for Technical Assistance (GTZ), National Parks Conservation Association (US), and RedLAC.

  • Ramsar Convention on Wetlands

  • Wildlife Conservation Society

  • Conservation International

  • German Government Agency for Technical Assistance (GTZ)

  • National Parks Conservation Association (US)

  • RedLAC

  • African Wildlife FoundationThe Global Conservation Program Leader with Associates Cooperative Agreements is a $75 million biodiversity program supported by USAID and six other conservation partners: African Wildlife Foundation, Conservation International, Enterprise WorksWorldwide, Wildlife Conservation Society, World Wildlife Fund, and The Nature Conservancy.

  • Enterprise WorksWorldwide

  • MexicoThe goal of the GCP is to conserve globally significant areas of biodiversity through broad programs that are sustainable, focused and adaptive. The GCP has awarded the Conservancy with funding to Kimbe Bay in Papua New Guinea, Wakatobi National Park and Raja Ampat in Indonesia, the MesoAmerican Reef system just off the Caribbean coast of Mexico, Belize, Guatemala and Honduras and the Pantanal/Chaco region in Paraguay. At these sites, the Conservancy is investing in innovative conservation finance mechanisms along with site-based conservation initiatives with partners and local communities.

  • Belize

  • Guatemala

  • Honduras

  • Paraguay

  • TNC RegionsRegions -- The Nature Conservancy works in all 50 states and in over 30 countries around the world to preserve the animals, plants and natural communities that represent the diversity of life on Earth—by protecting the lands and waters they need to survive. We work with local governments, communities, and partner organizations in sharing our science-based and collaborative methods to ensure each region's needs—for people and for nature—are best met.

  • AfricaLearn how The Nature Conservancy works on this ancient continent in five habitats and five countries—Kenya, Tanzania, Zambia, Mozambique and Namibia—and see how working in Africa has taught new lessons to the Conservancy.

  • AustraliaFrom the grasslands of Northern Australia to the biodiversity-rich Gondwana Link, the Conservancy is working with partners—and combining traditional knowledge with cutting-edge science—to protect the Land Down Under's most endangered natural resources.

  • AsiaFrom supporting local communities who are working to conserve their natural resources in Micronesia, to researching with partners how climate change is affecting a sacred glacier in China, we are working to protect the myriad of species and habitats—and the communities that depend on them—in this diverse region.

  • Pacific Islands

  • CaribbeanLearn how The Nature Conservancy is working with local governments, partners and communities to create a network of marine parks across the Caribbean—nearly tripling the current amount of protected ecosystems in this region—as well as how our conservation science helped first responders into Haiti after the devastating Earthquake in early 2010.

  • Central AmericaThe Nature Conservancy is working in six countries in Central America to preserve an incredible diversity of plants, animals and habitats for future generations - by using innovative and collaborative methods.

  • North AmericaFrom Canada to Mexico, California to Maine, The Nature Conservancy has a history of success in protecting nature to preserve life for future generations. We work to protect livelihoods and natural treasures in a place that represents almost 15 percent of the Earth's total land area.

  • South AmericaLearn how the The Nature Conservancy is working to preserve some of the world's most endangered forests and grasslands habitat—from the Atlantic Forest to the Cerrado—by protecting them from threats like invasive species, habitat loss and climate change.

  • EuropeThe Nature Conservancy is developing partnerships with governments and organizations based in Europe and is focusing on sustainable development, climate change and strengthening public policy to catalyze conservation.