2022 Geospatial Annual Report

Geospatial maps of the Amazon River network.
Map Amazon River Network © TNC

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  • Zach Ferdaña
    Director, Conservation & Geospatial Systems
    The Nature Conservancy

We are very pleased to present our fourth edition Geospatial Conservation at The Nature Conservancy Annual Report & Map Book. Every year The Nature Conservancy (TNC) compiles conservation stories that specifically leverage our geospatial work across the organization. Geospatial technology, the combined disciplines of Geographic Information Systems (GIS), remote sensing and machine learning has informed TNC’s conservation science and planning strategies for decades. With this edition, we focus on how technology and data are supporting the organization’s 2030 goals for freshwater. A few highlights include:

  • A tribute to Jonathan Higgins, our beloved freshwater ecologist who passed away last year
  • A strategic focus on our 2030 goals for freshwater
  • Results from our annual survey that reached over 1,500 staff
  • TNC’s geospatial conservation science in action with a feature story in the Amazon Basin
  • A river ecosystem global analysis that summarizes rivers in crisis and those that are free-flowing with opportunities for conservation actors to respond
  • Lake Tanganyika Basin map spotlight  
  • Further advancing our work in conservation accounting with geospatial systems

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“The Nature Conservancy has come a long way regarding our freshwater ambitions, projects and the influence of our strategies and innovations. For the first time, we have tangible, organization-wide, numeric freshwater goals that are driving our collective impact.”

-Nicole Silk, Global Director of Freshwater Outcomes

We hope you find this fourth edition inspiring and insightful in how the organization is leveraging conservation science and geospatial work to inform our conservation actions and help accomplish our 2030 goals. See more of our geospatial conservation portfolio in our Geospatial Conservation Atlas.

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. The Nature Conservancy is working to make a lasting difference around the world in 77 countries and territories (41 by direct conservation impact and 36 through partners) through a collaborative approach that engages local communities, governments, the private sector, and other partners. To learn more, visit or follow @nature_press on X.