The Nature Conservancy: Protecting Nature, Preserving Life

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More of our natural world is at risk today than ever before. The Nature Conservancy's work is crucial to keep vital habitats and unique species from being lost forever.

The Nature Conservancy works worldwide to protect ecologically important
lands and waters for nature and people.

This nonprofit organization addresses the most pressing
conservation threats at the largest scale. Thanks to the support of more than 1
million members, the Conservancy has a tremendous record of success since its
founding in 1951. It has protected more than 119 million acres of land and
5,000 miles of rivers worldwide, and operates more than 100 marine conservation
projects globally.

The Conservancy works in all 50 states and more than 30 countries —
protecting habitats from grasslands to coral reefs, from Australia to Alaska
to Zambia. 
It addresses threats to conservation involving climate change, fresh water,
oceans and conservation lands.

Everything the Conservancy does is rooted in good
science — aided by our hundreds of staff scientists. It pursues
non-confrontational, pragmatic solutions to conservation challenges.  It
partners with indigenous communities, businesses, governments, multilateral
institutions and other nonprofits.

For more than a decade, The Nature Conservancy’s
work has been guided by a framework they call “Conservation by
Design” — a systematic approach that determines where to work, what to
conserve, what strategies they should use and how effective they have been.

Conservation by Design marries a collaborative,
science-based approach with key
analytical methods
that the Conservancy uses to assess and plan our
actions. In the more than 30 countries in which they work, Conservation by
Design enables the preservation of healthy ecosystems that support people and
host the diversity of life on Earth.

The Conservancy’s hundreds of staff scientists
have pioneered countless conservation solutions — from regrowing coral reefs to
planning dams to mapping wildlife corridors.  Experts at building
coalitions with indigenous communities, governments, businesses and
non-profits, the Conservancy uses its resources wisely, focusing on effectively
protecting the world’s most ecologically important places and preventing further loss of our endangered species. Some groups
specialize in policy, others in landscape conservation — but only the
Conservancy is positioned to do both.

You can help Nature Conservancy scientists and
field staff focus more effectively on critical conservation projects when you
become a member, or make a monthly donation.  To join or donate, please
visit The Nature Conservancy’s