Founded in 1951, the Nature Conservancy (TNC) is the leading conservation organization working around the world to protect ecologically important lands and waters for nature and people. It addresses the most pressing conservation threats at the largest scale, with the support of its more than 1 million members.
TNC has protected more than 119 million acres of land and thousands of miles of rivers worldwide, operates more than 100 marine conservation projects globally, and is working on conservation issues in 69 countries. It address threats to conservation involving climate change, fresh water, oceans, and conservation lands.
TNC delivers solutions on the ground to transform land use, with a focus on systems-level solutions for healthy landscapes. Its strategies are aimed at creating green growth and approaches center on improving livelihoods and creating rural jobs, improving food and water security, protecting habitats to support biodiversity, and reducing risk from climate change.
Rooted in good science and aided by hundreds of staff scientists, TNC partners with indigenous communities, businesses, governments, multilateral institutions, and other non-profits.
In 2007, TNC launched their Africa Division to conserve and enhance Africa's critical natural resources, with programs in Kenya, Tanzania, Zambia, Gabon, Seychelles, South Africa, and Namibia. Practical examples of land restoration projects the Conservancy are currently delivering include pioneering the Nairobi Water Fund in the Upper Tana river basin and , supporting community grassland restoration in the Northern Rangelands of Kenya and Tanzania. TNC are also working with partners to develop models to scale smallholder forestry across the region.
TNC provides creative financial solutions through their ‘NatureVest’ division. NatureVest’s mission is to create and execute investable deals in a wide variety of sectors around the world that deliver conservation results and financial returns for investors. Its vision is based on the conviction that capital markets, businesses and governments must invest in nature as the long-term capital stock of a sustainable, equitable and more efficient economy.
TNC partners with the Word Resources Institute globally on the New Restoration Economy - an initiative that works to make restoration commercially viable and capable of attracting investment. The New Restoration Economy seeks to foster an industry that can deliver compelling environmental and financial value.