on the Li River during a misty, cloudy evening in Guangxi, China.
Fisherman on the Li River during a misty, cloudy evening in Guangxi, China. © Michael Gabbert

The Nature Conservancy in China

China Global Conservation Fund

Conservation Beyond Borders

A Global Initiative

Primarily financed by The Nature Conservancy’s China Board of Trustees, we are dedicated to solving conservation issues worldwide.

What is the China Global Conservation Fund (CGCF)?

After an inspiring trip to The Nature Conservancy’s Kenya program site in 2011, the China board collectively decided to initiate a fund, the China Global Conservation Fund (CGCF), to focus on addressing global environmental challenges beyond China’s borders.

The Nature of Our Future The CGCF helps to produce tangible conservation outcomes and catalyze changes in public policy and corporate practices.

The seed funding that started CGCF was generously given by Zeng Fanzhi, a key board member and renowned contemporary artist, who donated the proceeds from his painting, Leopard.

As a champion of this initiative, Mr. Jack Ma, founder of Alibaba Group and a TNC global board member, launched the Fund and announced his $5 million pledge in Washington D.C. at TNC’s global volunteer leader summit later that year, where he invited philanthropists from outside China to also support CGCF.

Establishment of CGCF Mr. Jack Ma, founder of Alibaba Group and a TNC global board member, launched the Fund in October 2011.

The first grant from CGCF supported the building of the Hirola sanctuary in Kenya, and in the past five years (2011-2016), CGCF has supported 21 TNC projects around the world. From forests to oceans, from wildlife conservation to sustainable community development, the Fund has greatly advanced TNC’s global conservation agenda.

In May 2016, two key China board members, Mr. Wu Ying and Mr. Ma Huateng (Pony), announced at the China-Global Board joint meeting in Beijing, the launch of a renewed 5-year commitment (2016-2020) on behalf of the China board.

CGCF Phase II In 2016, a renewed five-year commitment was launched to the CGCF.

What does CGCF aim to achieve?

The Fund has two main conservation objectives:

  1. Produce tangible conservation outcomes in the water and on the ground in critical landscapes, watersheds and seascapes.
  2. Catalyze changes in public policy and corporate practices that protect nature and incorporate natural solutions to solve pressing development problems.

What is the scale of CGCF’s funding?

From 2011-2015, CGCF has pledged and delivered $17.2 million—including $5.2 million leveraged from non-Chinese donors—to support the Conservancy’s high priority projects across the globe.

In the new phase of CGCF (2016-2020), the Fund aims to capitalize another $15 million, consisting of: $5 million pledged by the CGCF Core Committee; $5 million pledged by China board members; and the remaining $5 million from overseas philanthropic contributions.