Cartography map of the Virginia Coast Reserve (VCR) with location labels.
VCR Cartography of the Virginia Coast Reserve (VCR) © Chris. Bruce/TNC


Announcing the 2020 Geospatial Conservation Annual Report

Our second Annual Report highlights 25 individual use cases where geospatial technology has advanced conservation globally.

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For decades, TNC’s conservation science and planning has been informed by geospatial technology. This dynamic field combines the disciplines of Geographic Information Systems (GIS), remote sensing and machine learning. At least one in every three TNC staff generates and uses maps to complete tasks such as monitoring preserves in the field and, increasingly through remote technologies, negotiate land and water transactions or illustrate the benefits of ecosystems and the costs of losing them. Together, the TNC Geospatial Systems team and the Geospatial Leadership Council have joined forces to bring you this annual report & map book that features:

  • 25 use cases or applications illustrating how geospatial technology is supporting and advancing our conservation work around the world
  • A global map series from our Global Science and Protect Oceans, Lands and Water teams showing crisis and last chance ecosystems under high develop­ment pressure
  • 14 feature maps depicting specific conservation projects
  • Results from our annual survey that reached over 1,500 staff

“As we seek to tackle the biggest challenges facing our planet, it is crucial to ensure that our teams and partners are able to leverage the most accurate and rigorous mapping data—and that geospatial professionals conducting this science reflect the diversity of the places we work,” says Jennifer Morris, CEO of The Nature Conservancy

For the first time we have categorized three mapping types that convey all our conservation science and planning work into predictive modeling, prioritization with two aspects (asset & threat mapping and spatial action mapping), and monitoring & evaluation. This edition emphasizes spatial action mapping, or the mapping of strategies in priority places that inform decisions on when, where and what may be the best conservation actions to take.

As we tackle the biggest challenges facing our planet, it is crucial that our teams and partners are able to leverage the most accurate mapping data—and that geospatial professionals reflect the diversity of the places we work.

CEO of The Nature Conservancy

Fundamental to TNC’s mission is a focus on place. Maps are core to our mission in helping us understand the places we work and in engaging audiences through the stories they reveal. In this edition we have initiated the process of creating cartographic guidelines that encourage a cohesive look and feel within TNC while promoting our “conservation mapping brand.”

We hope you find this second edition a welcome sight in demonstrating the incredible work of The Nature Conservancy. See more of our geospatial conservation work on our Geospatial Conservation Atlas.

Download the full report here.

The Nature Conservancy is a global conservation organization dedicated to conserving the lands and waters on which all life depends. Guided by science, we create innovative, on-the-ground solutions to our world’s toughest challenges so that nature and people can thrive together. We are tackling climate change, conserving lands, waters and oceans at an unprecedented scale, providing food and water sustainably and helping make cities more sustainable. Working in 76 countries and territories—37 by direct conservation impact and 39 through partners—we use a collaborative approach that engages local communities, governments, the private sector, and other partners. To learn more, visit or follow @nature_press on Twitter.