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The Nature Conservancy

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Brazil; Peru; Suriname; France; Colombia; Guyana; Bolivia; Venezuela; Ecuador
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Affiliated Orgs: Raise The River
Projects: Agua Por la Vida y La Sostenibilidad
Agua Somos
American River Headwaters
Aquafondo
Benton/Tama Nutrient Reduction Demonstration Project
Bogota Water Fund
California Collective Action
California Water Action Collaborative (CWAC)
Crop Switching in the Verde River Valley
Demonstrating Multiple-Benefit Groundwater Recharge in the Sacramento Valley
Fonapa cuenca azogues
Fondo para la Conservación del Agua – FONAG
Improving Agricultural Practices in the Guanajuato
International Forestry Initiative
Irrigation Efficiency and Reforestation in Mexico
Jesse Creek Restoration Project
Medellín Water Fund
Rio Grande Water Fund
São Paulo Water Fund
Simplified Permitting to Accelerate Restoration in California
Sixaola-Teribe River Water Fund
Southern California Context-Based Water Targets Pilot
Sustainable Agriculture in the Guanajuato
The Monterrey Metropolitan Water Fund (FAMM)
TNC Groundwater Management Tools
Upper Snake River Basin Water Stewardship Assessment
Countries: Australia, Brazil, China, Colombia, Mexico, Thailand, United States of America
Regions: Amazonas, Colombia, Colorado River , Mekong, Murray - Darling, Yangtze River (Chang Jiang)
Organization SDGs:
Includes Sustainable Development Goals from the organization and its locations.
Target 2.4: Sustainable Agriculture
Target 6.3: Water Quality
Target 6.4: Water Use Efficiency
Target 6.5: Integrated Water Resource Management
Target 6.6: Protect and Restore Ecosystems
Target 11.5: Water Related Disaster Management
Target 13.1: Climate Resilience and Adaptation
Organization Topics:
Includes topics from the organization and its locations.
Soil Erosion and Health
Stormwater Management and Flood Control
Conservation Agriculture/Agronomy
Irrigation Management and Technology
Org. Type: NGO / Civil Society
Language: English
Org. Website: www.nature.org
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Organization Overview

The mission of The Nature Conservancy is to conserve the lands and waters on which all life depends. We acheive this 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, and by using a non-confrontational, collaborative approach and staying true to our five unique core values. Our F...

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The mission of The Nature Conservancy is to conserve the lands and waters on which all life depends. We acheive this 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, and by using a non-confrontational, collaborative approach and staying true to our five unique core values. Our Freshwater work is focused on protecting this most critical resource for people and nature through protection and restoration of green infrastructure, innovative watershed financing, implemenation of agricultural efficiency technology on a large scale and by partnering with private corporation to improve their water stewardship through the value chain.

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The Nature Conservancy


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Cauca Valley is Colombia’s largest sugarcane producing region. Irrigation demands, combined with the needs of a growing population, of around 1.2 million living in five cities, have led to increased water scarcity in the region. As in many other Andean ... Learn More

Bogota’s thirst for clean water has been growing for decades, in lock step with its population, now at more than 7 million. Most of Bogota’s water originates high above the city in Chingaza National Park. There, forests and Neotropical alpine ... Learn More

The Nature Conservancy and partners are implementing a landscape-scale forest restoration and research project on the property and adjacent Forest Service lands, referred to as the French Meadows Project. The Project aims to increase the pace and scale of ecologically-based ... Learn More

This water fund finances conservation projects in the Rimac, Chillón and Lurín watersheds, where glaciers are melting at increasing rates because of global climate change. This fund will contribute to preserving priority sites in the Sechura Desert ecoregion and improving ... Learn More

The Benton/Tama Nutrient Reduction Demonstration Project is a 3-year project that runs from January 1, 2014-December 31, 2016. This project is largely funded by the Iowa Water Quality Initiative and is an effort to educate farmers about the Iowa Nutrient ... Learn More

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The objective of the water fund is to protect the water source for Bogota by investing in the source watershed. Activities include supporting additional national park rangers and helping people who live in the watershed switch to more sustainable livlihood ... Learn More

In California we have participated in stakeholder engagement sessions to share our insights and to learn from others. As a result of this engagement we are working with other food/bev companies to find projects for joint efforts. Learn More

The California Water Action Collaborative (CWAC) is a platform for diverse stakeholders to come together and pursue collective action projects that will improve water security in California for people, business, agriculture and nature. CWAC was originally conceived in May 2014 ... Learn More

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The Nature Conservancy is paying local farmers to switch from water intensive alfalfa to barley. In addition, TNC is providing funding for installing more efficient river diversion headgates for irrigation and installation of drip irrigation. Learn More

The Nature Conservancy is testing a new program, called BirdReturns, that rents habitat rather than buying it. The program pays rice farmers to leave water in their fields for a few extra weeks at critical times during the birds’ winter ... Learn More

The Conservancy worked with local partners and government to launch a water fund in Cuenca, Ecuador’s third-largest city, in October 2008. The fund will finance conservation of the Paute watershed, which supplies more than 500,000 Cuenca residents and 300,000 Azogues ... Learn More

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The Quito Water Conservation Fund (Fondo para la Protección del Agua – FONAG) is an endowment fund that receives money from the government, public utilities, electric companies, private companies and non-government organizations. An independent financial institution manages and invests the ... Learn More

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Demonstration of best agricultural practices on our research farm for our growers; we are working with government agencies to provide zero-interest loans to growers to convert to drip irrigation systems on their farms; we grow native tree seedlings in our ... Learn More

Forests provide much of the world’s most biodiverse habitat on land, making their protection a priority for maintaining biodiversity. They also provide flood control and water regulation benefits. In 2011, we launched a new environmental initiative with funding to help ... Learn More

Facility investments in wastewater treatment and recycling equipment; demonstration of best agricultural practices on our research farm for our growers; we worked with government agencies to help provide zero-interest loans to growers to convert to drip irrigation systems on their ... Learn More

The Jesse Creek project has restored stream flow into the natural, historic Jesse Creek channel permanently restoring water to the dewatered lower section and restoring over 40 acres of wetland. In addition, over 800 native willows were planted along the ... Learn More

The Medellín and Valle de Aburrá Water Fund is a long term financial mechanism with the objective of developing a conservation and sustainable natural resource use program for the basins that supply the reservoirs for Medellín and Valle de Aburrá. ... Learn More

The Rio Grande Water Fund is a ground-breaking project that is protecting vital forests in northern New Mexico—and the water they provide. We’re uniting water users and using innovative research, tools and alliances to help protect water and the natural ... Learn More

Sao Paulo city and its surroundings, harboring 20.1 million inhabitants, is the seventh largest metropolitan region in the world. This population and the related economy, which represents 19% of Brazil’s GDP, rely on three large water supply systems, Cantareira, Upper ... Learn More

California’s rivers, streams and the creatures that depend on them are in trouble. Pollution, degraded habitat, and dwindling riverside forests have caused native fish and bird populations to plummet – some to near extinction. Many landowners and restoration advocates across ... Learn More

The Sixaola-Teribe River Water Fund is a long term financial mechanism whose main objective is to develop a biodiversity, soil and water resource conservation program for these basins through integrated basin management. Learn More

The Pacific Institute / CEO Water Mandate is engaging companies with operations in Southern California to test the context-based water targets methodology in a “clustered pilot.” The purpose of the pilot is to help participating companies understand the local water ... Learn More

Working with The Nature Conservancy hydrologists, we are conducting deep analyses of our key at-risk growing areas and facility watersheds. We realize that much of our impact is beyond our direct operations which ultimately may be affected. In Irapuato, Mexico, ... Learn More

The Monterrey Metropolitan Water Fund (FAMM) was established by a multi-stakeholder consortium in September 2013. The main objective of FAMM is to preserve the watershed of the San Juan River, which supplies more than 60% of the water used and ... Learn More

The Nature Conservancy, with support from General Mills, is working to launch and promote the use of an online Groundwater Resources Hub to serve as the “go-to” place for information on groundwater dependent plants and animals in California. The tools ... Learn More

Conduct an in-depth review of the Snake River watershed, which supports a key wheat growing region, and shared the detailed analysis with regional stakeholders in fiscal 2015. Now we are moving ahead with collaborative action. We are helping to fund ... Learn More

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