2019 Annual Report

Tackling Climate Change

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Nature is our greatest ally in the fight for the future.

We’re focusing on innovative, science-based solutions that match the urgency of this crisis, such as protecting forests from Appalachia to Indonesia and working to develop a clean energy future.

Sunrise aerial image taken near the border of Tennessee and Kentucky of land protected by The Nature Conservancy's Cumberland Forest Project. May 2019. The Cumberland Forest Project protects 253,000 acres of Appalachian forest and is one of TNC’s largest-ever conservation efforts in the eastern United States.
Sunrise aerial image taken near the border of Tennessee and Kentucky in May 2019. The land pictured represents some of the 253,000 acres of Appalachian land and forest protected by The Nature Conservancy's Cumberland Forest Project, one of TNC’s largest-ever conservation efforts in the eastern United States. © Cameron Davidson
Hadzabe tribe members
By securing land tenure for the Hadzabe, the Ujamaa Community Resource Team, a local partner of TNC, opened the way for innovative conservation that’s helping to maintain a traditional way of life. © Nick Hall
Reef
A patch of healthy reef teems with fish including blue chromis, blue-headed wrasse and others. This site is located north of the pier in Puerto Morelos, Mexico. © Jennifer Adler
Group photo of photographers in China.
To raise awareness of climate change, 57 Antarctic explorers shared photos and videos of their expedition to highlight the current state of the continent. © Wang Ji Mei/TNC
Person looking up at a large tree covered in vines.
Los Rios, Chile: Erwin Ovando, one of the Valdivian Coastal Reserve park guards, standing among Alerce trees (Fitzroya cupressoides), which can grow up to 4,000 years old. © Nick Hall
Climate activists gathering in New York City
2019 UN Climate Action Summit activists gather at Times Square in New York City to demand world leaders take action for #NatureNow during the 2019 UN Climate Action Summit and Climate Week. © Kashfi Halford/TNC
Person walking by a solar panel array.
Solar Panel Array: Laura Crane and a Fuller Star employee walking through the array of solar panels at the Fuller Star plant in Lancaster, California. © Dave Lauridsen
Hadzabe tribe members
By securing land tenure for the Hadzabe, the Ujamaa Community Resource Team, a local partner of TNC, opened the way for innovative conservation that’s helping to maintain a traditional way of life. © Nick Hall

2019

Helping African Communities Preserve Land

The Hadzabe, a hunter-gatherer tribe in northern Tanzania, secured tenure to 79,000 acres of traditional hunting grounds with help from TNC and partners. This paved the way for the sale of carbon credits from forests protected by the community. The $300,000 in revenue is sending children to school and employing wildlife rangers—earning the Hadzabe the UN’s prestigious Equator Prize. -Margaret Southern

Reef
A patch of healthy reef teems with fish including blue chromis, blue-headed wrasse and others. This site is located north of the pier in Puerto Morelos, Mexico. © Jennifer Adler

2019

A New Insurance Program for Reefs

Reefs shelter fisheries and protect coastal communities from storms, but they can be damaged by hurricanes. Along the coast of Mexico’s Yucatán Peninsula, TNC worked with hotels, governments and universities to create an innovative trust, funded by state taxes and tourism fees, that purchased the world’s first insurance policy to finance coral-reef and beach repair after severe storms. -Debra Jones

Group photo of photographers in China.
To raise awareness of climate change, 57 Antarctic explorers shared photos and videos of their expedition to highlight the current state of the continent. © Wang Ji Mei/TNC

2019

Raising Climate Awareness in China

To raise awareness of global warming and its impact on oceans, TNC co-sponsored the Elysium Epic Trilogy photo and video exhibition in Beijing, Shanghai and Chengdu, China. The exhibition featured artwork from expeditions to the Arctic and Antarctic oceans, and the western Pacific, and was viewed by over 100,000 visitors in 23 days. -Matt Jenkins

Person looking up at a large tree covered in vines.
Los Rios, Chile: Erwin Ovando, one of the Valdivian Coastal Reserve park guards, standing among Alerce trees (Fitzroya cupressoides), which can grow up to 4,000 years old. © Nick Hall

2019

Protected Forest Generates Carbon Credits

The Nature Conservancy’s lush Valdivian Coastal Reserve in Chile protects one of the last remaining temperate rainforests on Earth. After halting deforestation in the 124,000-acre reserve, TNC developed Chile’s first certified carbon credit project. The project has now avoided an estimated 580,000 tons of CO2 emissions—equivalent to taking more than 120,000 cars off the road for a year. -Debra Jones

Climate activists gathering in New York City
2019 UN Climate Action Summit activists gather at Times Square in New York City to demand world leaders take action for #NatureNow during the 2019 UN Climate Action Summit and Climate Week. © Kashfi Halford/TNC

2019

Nature Inspires at Climate Week NYC

Nature took center stage at this year’s Climate Week NYC, which was held in conjunction with the UN Climate Action Summit. Thanks largely to the Nature4Climate coalition TNC helped initiate, more than a third of the 200-plus climate events focused on using nature as a solution to fight climate change. During the summit, 65 countries committed to net-zero carbon emissions by 2050. -Debra Jones

Person walking by a solar panel array.
Solar Panel Array: Laura Crane and a Fuller Star employee walking through the array of solar panels at the Fuller Star plant in Lancaster, California. © Dave Lauridsen

2019

CEOs Speak Out on Climate

The CEO climate dialogue is a bold new coalition built by industry and select nonprofits—including TNC—to advocate for smart climate legislation. The group issued an urgent public call to enact long-term federal climate policy, including an economy-wide price on carbon. And in November, they brought their unifying message to Capitol Hill. -Debra Jones

The time to innovate for nature has never been more critical.

This report demonstrates how The Nature Conservancy is answering this challenge not just within the realm of climate change, but across lands, rivers, oceans, agriculture and cities.