An aerial view of the Holmes River, British Columbia, Canada.
British Columbia An aerial view of the Holmes River, British Columbia, Canada. © Shane Kalyn

Our Priorities

Protect Land and Water

Globally, only 5 percent of the natural lands at high risk of development are protected. Demands on land and water continue to increase, so we must do more, faster.

The Nature Conservancy has led the way in saving iconic landscapes on Earth. We have helped to protect more than 119 million acres (about 48 million hectares) of land, to conserve thousands of river miles & to develop more than 100 marine projects. Building from our past & working with governments, corporations, other partners & you, we can protect more nature between today & 2025 than we have in our history.

Safeguarding diverse places is the core of TNC’s legacy. Increasing land and water conservation is key to helping address the world’s environmental challenges.

Global Managing Director, Protect Land & Water Priority
A lone mangrove tree silhouetted against the pastel colors of an evening sky interru the horizon on the inner reef near the village of Utwe on Kosrae island, Micronesia.
Mangrove at sunset A lone mangrove tree silhouetted against the pastel colors of an evening sky interru the horizon on the inner reef near the village of Utwe on Kosrae island, Micronesia. © Nick Hall
Photo Contest 2018 
Caption: Campers in the top crater of Mt. Herdubreid, Iceland. 
Photo Credit: © Sigtryggur Johannsson/TNC Photo Contest 2018
Photographer’s Statement: "Setting up camp." Camping in top crater of Mt. Herdubreid in Iceland. Taken in summer 2017 on a climb up this unique mountain. The presence of the tent is meant to illustrate the accessibility of remote locations with modern, light-weight hiking equipment.
Setting up camp Photo Contest 2018 Caption: Campers in the top crater of Mt. Herdubreid, Iceland. Photo Credit: © Sigtryggur Johannsson/TNC Photo Contest 2018 Photographer’s Statement: "Setting up camp." Camping in top crater of Mt. Herdubreid in Iceland. Taken in summer 2017 on a climb up this unique mountain. The presence of the tent is meant to illustrate the accessibility of remote locations with modern, light-weight hiking equipment. © © Sigtryggur Johannsson

Discover our other priorities and find ways you can help transform the future of the world.

In addition to protecting land and water, The Nature Conservancy is listening to science to address today’s most pressing challenges.