About Us -- Vision and Mission
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
Name:The Nature Conservancy
Founded in 1951, the Conservancy is the world's leading conservation organization.
- TNC Staff: The 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.
- Scientists: The Earth is our conservation lab! Learn how our 550 scientists are protecting the planet.
- TNC Partners: The 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 Agencies: In 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.
- Companies: For 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 Company: The 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-Cola: We 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 Guinea: Working with 23 communities, The Conservancy is protecting forests and helping communities by bringing Fair Trade cocoa to
Papua New Guinea.
- Kraft Foods: Crystal 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 Organizations: The Conservancy works with other like-minded organizations, ranging from large non-profit conservation groups like Conservation
International and NatureServe, to local land trusts.
- WWF: Explore 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.
- Local Stakeholders: The 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
- California: Learn how the Conservancy is working with local ranchers in California's Mount Hamilton Project
- Long Island: Learn how the Conservancy is using sustainable aquaculture in Long Island's Great South Bay.
- Indigenousl Communities: Most 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 Institutions: Although 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 Fund: In 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
- UNDP: The 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)
- African Wildlife Foundation: The 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
- Mexico: The 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.
- TNC Regions: Regions -- 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.
- Africa: Learn 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.
- Australia: From 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.
- Asia: From 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
- Caribbean: Learn 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 America: The 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 America: From 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 America: Learn 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.
- Europe: The 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.