Zeytun Ahmed and  Van Tha Bik Lian welcome visitors at the Paradise Parking Plots community garden in Kent, Washington.
Garden Tour Zeytun Ahmed and Van Tha Bik Lian welcome visitors at the Paradise Parking Plots community garden in Kent, Washington. © Courney Baxter/TNC

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With your support, The Nature Conservancy has helped protect more than 119 million acres of land, conserved thousands of river miles and led more than 100 marine projects around the globe.



As a steadfast supporter, those achievements probably aren’t news to you. Yet today, they are at risk: Every place on Earth is facing the consequences of climate change, and the planet’s rapidly increasing population is placing additional pressure on our natural world. As more and more people move into cities, sustainable growth and development become ever more critical.

By listening and collaborating closely with urban residents and partners, The Nature Conservancy is helping to ensure a healthy future for nature and people. In this issue of Legacy, read about a project in São Paulo that’s protecting water for farmers and urban dwellers. Discover stories from Chicago,  Seattle and other cities where community efforts are bringing nature—and the myriad of benefits it provides— into neighborhoods. And learn how strategic planning is key to building greener cities that are more resilient to the effects of climate change.

It is our privilege to steward your investments in conservation, and that’s why we are deliberately working in cities: to tap into the innovative, diverse spirit of urban communities to achieve even more for the lands and waters that sustain us all. Thank you for your dedication to this purpose. We couldn't do it without you.

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Explore more on-the-ground conservation success stories from around the globe.

Kristof Grina, Co-founder and Director of Agriculture of Up Top Acres, harvests vegetables from a rooftop garden covering a third of an acre in southeast Washington, D.C.. Up Top Acres has several rooftop gardens in the district, not only providing stormwater retention but turning it into harvests of everything from carrots to Swiss chard. Green roofs are one example of how cities are working to mitigate the effect of stormwater runoff, which is a major polluter of waterways. (Up Top Acres is not in partnership with the Nature Conservancy.)
Rooftop Garden Harvesting carrots from a rooftop garden in Washington, D.C. © © Greg Kahn