Cities are home to more than 62% of the U.S. population and cover 3.5% of the country’s land area. To fulfill our mission to conserve the lands and waters on which all life depends, The Nature Conservancy must address the conservation needs of urban areas.
Nature-based solutions have the potential to provide multiple benefits to urban communities. The biggest opportunity lies in improving the quality of life of people in cities while also improving ecosystem function.
Although working in cities has not traditionally been our focus, we have a long history of successfully expanding our mission over time. Because of our established presence throughout North America, and our conservation, technical and tactical expertise, we have the potential to be an eﬀective driver of change in the field of urban conservation.
Our Cities Network, a group of urban conservation staff working in 21 cities across the U.S., is committed to supporting the voice and vision of local communities to co-develop innovative conservation solutions. And by prioritizing collaboration with low-income communities, we can learn where conservation can have the most impact for people and nature.
In partnership with Center for Whole Communities – an organization with expertise in capacity building and inclusive processes – we’ve produced a Field Guide to Conservation in Cities in North America to provide guidance to conservation leaders in launching new or expanding existing urban conservation programs and partnerships.
By taking the time to understand the needs and challenges of people and nature, the Cities Network’s collaborative approach seeks to equitably improve the well-being of city residents and the urban environments in which they live.
A collaboration of The Nature Conservancy's Cities Network and the Center for Whole Communities
The Field Guide provides practical experience and guidance from perspective of The Nature Conservancy and Center For Whole Communities.
Across North America, we're teaming up with communities and partners to show how nature plays a role in addressing the key challenges facing nature and people in cities.
Diverse partners come together to plant trees and make Louisville healthier, happier and more livable.
See how The Nature Conservancy and the Chicago Park District are teaming up with residents in Chinatown's iconic Ping Tom Park vibrant and vital. See the video.
In Birmingham's Woodlawn neighborhood, we're working with partners to transform vacant lots into beautiful, natural space. See the video.
We're working with partners to help clear the air and cool the streets in Louisville. See the video.
We're working in Washington D.C. to show how green space can improve water quality in the Anacostia and Potomac Rivers. See the video.