Sunset over Hendersen Road, Singapore.
Good night Sunset over Hendersen Road, Singapore. © Jiachen Lin/Unsplash

Stories in Singapore

Our Work in Singapore

TNC's presence in Singapore will help scale up conservation impact across the Asia Pacific region and around the world.

Drone shot of Gardens By The Bay in Singapore.
Gardens By The Bay Drone shot of Gardens By The Bay in Singapore. © Sergio Sala/Unsplash


A heathy and thriving Asia Pacific is essential to ensuring a sustainable future for both people and nature. In late 2022, The Nature Conservancy (TNC) established a program in Singapore as a global center for innovation, partnerships and science to help scale up conservation and climate impact in the region. 

TNC supports the Government's climate and sustainability aspirations and its ambition to strengthen Singapore's position as:

  • A global hub for green finance;
  • An innovator in carbon services, and;
  • A leader in climate action, particularly around nature-based solutions (NbS) to address climate change.

TNC is partnering with other environmental non-profit organizations in Singapore to pool resources, share knowledge and create partnerships. For example, TNC joined seven other NGOs to form the Southeast Asia Climate and Nature-based Solution (SCeNe) Coalition* to accelerate and scale up nature-based solution projects across the region.

Since the inaugural meeting of TNC's Asia Pacific Council in August 2000, with Singapore's former Prime Minister Lee Kuan Yew and business leader, conservationist, and statesman Hank Paulson as co-chairs, TNC has deepened its engagement in the Asia Pacific region. The organization has delivered impact through private-public partnerships and engagement with communities and leaders. Read more about our work in our Asia Pacific Annual Report.

*The SCeNe coalition comprises eight locally based environmental and conservation non-profits across Southeast Asia, namely BirdLife International, Conservation International, IDH-the Sustainable Trade Initiative, Mandai Nature, TNC, Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS), WWF-World Wide Fund For Nature, Singapore, and Yayasan Institut Sumber Daya Dunia (WRI Indonesia).

Did You Know?

Singapore's First Prime Minister, Lee Kuan Yew, was a Founding Co-Chair of TNC's Asia Pacific Council alongside Hank Paulson. In an inaugural meeting address, he said: "I believe the time has come for Asia's governments, business leaders, NGOs and blue chip organizations like The Nature Conservancy to forge partnerships to tackle Asia's most pressing concern, the environment—a global concern."

Inside Singapore’s Jewel Changi International Airport.
Vortex waterfall Inside Singapore’s Jewel Changi International Airport. © Calvin C./Unsplash

Our Priorities

TNC is the go-to environmental organization for Asia’s change agents seeking innovative, inclusive, scalable solutions grounded in science. In Singapore, we are focused on four overarching priorities:

Quote: The Late Lee Kuan Yew

"Man's ingenuity is threatening our survival...Hence we have to encourage all efforts at preserving the environment, whether by the UN or through voluntary organizations like The Nature Conservancy."

Former Prime Minister and Co-Chair of TNC Asia Pacific Council
Aerial view of a beach on Sikopo Island, Solomon Islands.
Aerial View A beach on Sikopo, a small island in the Arnavons Islands of the Solomon Islands. Sikopo is a popular nesting site for a variety of sea turtles. © Robert Taupongi