Global demands for food, energy and material goods are putting unprecedented pressure on our planet. Water is at the heart of this crisis. While traditional solutions — such as the building of dams, reservoirs and other types of infrastructure — attempt to meet these needs, they are proving too costly and unsustainable on their own.
The Nature Conservancy believes that integrating natural solutions, as well as implementing agriculture best management practices, can help us realize significant cost savings alongside the invaluable return of improved water quality and quantity. Working across sectors, we can fundamentally change how the world manages water and protect this vital resource for people and nature.
See our latest thinking on pressing challenges facing people and water around the world.
To improve the health of freshwater resources, the Conservancy focuses on practical, science-based solutions to help meet water needs. Learn how we work.
The Conservancy is the largest freshwater conservation organization in the world. Get to know our leaders and their work to protect our water future. Meet our leaders.
Backed by our science, we envision a world where people and nature thrive together. View our latest reports and tools to learn about solutions that will help us get there.
The Nature Conservancy is exploring the potential for water markets and impact investment to serve as part of the solution to global water scarcity. See how.
The Nature Conservancy is working globally to provide solutions that balance the dual needs for healthy rivers and low-carbon energy. See how.
We work in areas with established water markets to create community water trusts that balance the water needs of people, agriculture and the environment. Read more.
This report analyzes the state of water in cities around the world and provides recommendations for natural solutions to improve water quality. Find out about your city’s water future.
Cities can improve their water by investing in nature-based solutions within water catchments before it reaches their outskirts. Learn more.
Implementing conservation projects in certain water supply areas in China could reduce water pollution by at least 10%. Read more.
With the world set to nearly double hydropower capacity by 2040, finding balance for our rivers is key. Can hydropower deliver benefits with lower impacts?
Water is one of the chief ways we will experience the more frequent and dangerous extremes of climate change.