Around the world, deforestation, pollution, climate change and other environmental pressures are shrinking the planet’s freshwater supply. Companies, governments and communities are feeling the impacts and share a common vision—we must understand, manage and develop large, working rivers in order to sustain them. These natural assets provide water, energy, food, jobs and recreation to people, as well as habitat for native plants and wildlife.
In 2005 and again in 2011 the vision for sustainable rivers became a reality when the Caterpillar Foundation made a cumulative $17 million commitment to The Nature Conservancy to support river systems worldwide through the Great Rivers Partnership (GRP). The mission of the Great Rivers Partnership is to bring together diverse partners and best science to expand options for achieving the sustainable management and development of the world’s Great Rivers and their basins. The GRP’s initial investment rivers included the Mississippi, Yangtze, Paraguay-Paraná.
The GRP is now expanding to include additional great rivers to advance conservation, restoration and sustainable development by investing in innovative strategies, sharing results and exchanging knowledge through scientific research and lessons learned. By building partnerships among great rivers worldwide, the knowledge we gain in one place can be utilized by river managers facing similar issues half a world away.
Learn more about the partnership between The Nature Conservancy and Caterpillar by reading their corporate case study.
Progress and Reports
Learn how Caterpillar is leading the way to protect major waterways around the world.
See how the Conservancy is helping China plan for sustainable construction.
Review Caterpillar’s global sustainability commitments and hear from their leadership on why valuing nature is so important to their business.
A new Yangtze River fish guide will aid conservationists as they work to help the river weather threats including overfishing, pollution, development and climate change.
See how the Conservancy is helping protect our nation’s largest river.
An innovative program in the Brazilian Cerrado will help protect Brasilia's water supply and restore the region's once vast grasslands.
News and Events
The latest news and videos from the Conservancy’s Great Rivers work.