How We Work

Working with all sectors of European society on innovative solutions that benefit people and nature.

The Nature Conservancy has worked in Europe since 2007 with governments and civil society to develop and advance innovative solutions to global conservation challenges.

Today, with offices and staff in Berlin and London, the Conservancy in Europe is focused on advancing conservation priorities in four key areas:

Government Relations & Policy

The Nature Conservancy is developing partnerships with European governments and development agencies to achieve shared conservation goals around the world. Together, we are:

  • Building consensus for action on climate change.
  • Strengthening public policy to catalyze conservation and to integrate the value of nature into public decision-making.
  • Strengthening public funding in support of global conservation priorities.
Engaging Companies

The Nature Conservancy is engaging European companies to support and encourage progress toward sustainable business and investment practices. Drawing from our experience around the world, we help companies include the value of nature and the concept of ecosystem services in long-term business decisions and planning.

In Europe we are working with the re-insurance industry to include ecosystem services in their risk models.

We also are seeking collaborations with European corporate leaders in the water, energy, agriculture, food and financial industries. 

Impact Investing

The Nature Conservancy believes that there is potentially a huge population of private and institutional investors around the world interested in supporting large scale and important conservation programs with their investment, as well as their philanthropic (grant), capital. European investors and intermediaries have been at the forefront of the development of this ‘impact investment’ movement, and the Conservancy team has been closely involved in these developments. We are engaging with European-based investors to help them realize their conservation aspirations, coordinating closely with the Nature Conservancy global impact investing team based in New York and San Francisco.

Private Philanthropy

The Nature Conservancy welcomes the opportunity to collaborate with individual philanthropists, foundations and volunteer leaders from across Europe. Together, we work around the world on innovative, large-scale global conservation solutions on behalf of people and nature. Using a science-based, collaborative approach to conservation, the Conservancy is focused on getting things done. Our goal is to facilitate partnerships with funders who wish to use their investments strategically to achieve measurable and lasting results.

In 2014, we opened our European Development Office in London. This office is the first point of contact for private European donors and foundations interested in learning more about a wide range of charitable giving and investment opportunities.


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