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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 Fresh...

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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 Agua Somos Water Fund was created as a water conservation mechanism for Bogotá, with the objective of being an efficient financial tool to administer the necessary resources to implement conservation actions that will guarantee the maintenance and provision of ... Learn More

AQUAFONDO is an innovative financing tool that mobilises resources for the conservation of the watersheds of the city of Lima (Peru) aiming to ensure a continuous supply of quality water for its population. This water fund finances conservation projects in ... Learn More

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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

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

The Benton/Tama Nutrient Reduction Demonstration Project is largely funded by the Iowa Water Quality Initiative and is an effort to educate farmers about the Iowa Nutrient Reduction Strategy, and to assist them with implementing these practices on their fields. The ... Learn More

Millions of ducks, geese, swans and shorebirds depend on Central Valley farmland, and California’s 500,000 acres of rice fields are the centerpiece of this essential habitat. BirdReturns, offered by The Nature Conservancy in partnership with the California Rice Commission, provides ... Learn More

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

Brazil has faced severe droughts and water scarcity since 2012, causing severe water shortages in southeastern Brazil. Against the backdrop of this complex water governance environment, the CEO Water Mandate worked with CDP, the World Resources Institute, WWF, and UNEP-DHI ... 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.Project Results Identify opportunities ... Learn More

The project goal is to increase irrigation efficiencies and to reduce total water consumption on Carpenter Ranch. Learn More

In 2018, Cargill, Nestlé Purina, and The Nature Conservancy (TNC) launched a three-year farmer-led program in Nebraska to improve water conservation, water quality, and soil health in the beef supply chain by focusing in the area where water is used ... Learn More

The Environment Defense Fund is launching a plan to reform management along the entire length of the Colorado River, aiming to reduce pressure on the River by: - Guaranteeing water rights for the environment. - Removing barriers to water trading ... Learn More

The Dow Seadrift site treats around 5 million gallons of industrial wastewater every day. In 1996, this project converted 110 acres of existing water treatment pond into constructed wetlands to treat suspended solids, primarily algae. The project cost about $1.4 ... Learn More

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.Project ResultsSustainable farming. 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

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Optimize and reuse water within the manufacturing plant Adopt the Alliance for Water Stewardship International Water Stewardship Standard Restore 100% of the consumptive water use back to the Mississippi River DeltaProject ResultsWater efficiency: Optimized plant water use Water stewardship: AWS ... Learn More

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In addition to its role as the global leader in water, hygiene and energy technologies, Ecolab has developed tools to help businesses drive water stewardship performance in their own operations. Ecolab’s Smart Water Navigator and Water Risk Monetizer enable companies ... 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

The goal of the project is to improve forest conditions to protect nature, to safeguard communities, and to secure vital water supplies. Learn More

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

Intel was the first large technology corporation to adopt a comprehensive water stewardship strategy and associated targets Their three pronged approach includes: Conservation of water in operations: To reduce water used in manufacturing, Intel is investing in water efficiency and ... 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 Lower Flint River Basin is one of the most ecologically diverse river systems in Georgia. People, plants and animals depend on its waters, yet recent flows have reached historic low levels. This is also one of the most agriculturally ... Learn More

To strengthen multi-stakeholder collaboration to safeguard Lusaka's water resources while enhancing the sustainable and timely access to water and sanitation for all." Cooperation is crucial if the complex issue of water security is to be addressed sustainably. Water security is ... Learn More

We will create the conditions for restoration of 1.2 million hectares of Brazil's endangered Atlantic Forest in the iconic Mantiqueira Mountain range, meeting 10% of Brazil's national forest restoration commitments under the Paris climate change agreement. This project marries multiple ... Learn More

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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

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Danone, its Ecosystem Fund, and the World Agroforestry Center (ICRAF), and other partners have joined forces in Indonesia to protect the threatened Rejoso watershed. Various nature-based solutions have been employed to improve water conditions, mitigate flood risks, and minimize erosion. ... Learn More

This proposal outlines an intended partnership between Coca-Cola’s South Latin Business Unit and TNC, to contribute towards water security collaboratively by investing in watershed management activities and the development of collective action mechanisms in the source watersheds of four cities ... Learn More

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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 Atchafalaya River Basin Initiative is TNC's long-term vision to conserve and restore the Atchafalaya River Basin, America’s Great Swamp Forest. We are employing the following strategies to realize our vision for the river basin: Conservation The Nature Conservancy purchased ... Learn More

Conservation goals in this region are: to protect and restore river and riparian habitats for fish and wildlife and to protect and restore the private/public land matrix that supports wide rangingmammals and plant communities.Project ResultsConservation 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

At the beginning of 2018, Mexico City's "Agua Capital" initiated a 5-year pilot scheme to improve infiltration and aquifer recharge in areas that are currently devoted to agricultural and forest activities. The pilot has been well received by local farmers ... Learn More

The project goal is to support the strengthening of long-term conservation mechanisms (Water Funds) in 11 basins of 6 countries in Latin America, implementing actions in the field, investing in more than 5,000 hectares in priority areas of watersheds key ... Learn More

The objective of "Water for the Planet" is to establish a collaborative work between The Nature Conservancy (TNC) and PepsiCo to support the development and strengthening of the Water Funds, by investing in conservation actions to protect six supply areas ... Learn More

•Project goal: To restore Chennai’s Sembakkam Lake to launch a restoration model to demonstrate how urban lakes and wetlands can provide ecosystem services including acting as carbon sinks, flood sinks, recharging groundwater, recycling nutrients, supporting flora and fauna, increasing resilience ... Learn More

The goal of the Yampa River Fund is to establish a sustainable, voluntary funding source for the Yampa River in order to: • Enhance water security for communities, agriculture, the economy, and the natural environment in the Yampa Valley; • ... Learn More

To restore the water ecosystem in Puget Sound we need to engage private land and private capital, in addition to public resources. Business leaders can contribute unique experiences, strategies, and leadership to make the difference. JOIN THE WATER 100 PROJECT ... Learn More

This project, led by The Nature Conservancy, focuses on restoring a natural, historic side channel complex along the Middle Fork Willamette river and allowing natural river flow to access the side channel area for the first time in decades. The ... Learn More

Implementar un modelo piloto de saneamiento básico en Bocacerrada a partir del fortalecimiento comunitario y la apropiación de nuevas tecnologías, para contribuir a mejorar las condiciones de vida de la comunidad y la mitigación de impactos sobreecosistemas estratégicos de la ... Learn More

The Verde Ditch Project installed modern irrigation infrastructure including remote controlled gate actuators that manage the level of water in the irrigation canal so that water levels can be raised and lowered to meet the periodic delivery needs of irrigators ... Learn More

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