Global demands for food, energy and material goods are putting unprecedented pressure on our planet. Water is at the heart of this crisis. While traditional solutions—such as the building of dams, reservoirs and other types of infrastructure—attempt to meet these needs, they are proving too costly and unsustainable on their own.
The Nature Conservancy believes that integrating natural solutions, as well as implementing agriculture best management practices, can help us realize significant cost savings alongside the invaluable return of improved water quality and quantity. Together, we can fundamentally change how the world manages water and protect this vital resource for future generations.
By working with the natural processes of floodplains, we can reduce flood risk, improve water quality and much more.
We are working globally to provide solutions that balance the dual needs for healthy rivers and low-carbon energy.
The Yangtze is the world’s third longest river, ranking behind the Nile and Amazon rivers. Learn how we’re helping to protect it.
Teams across the U.S. are working in the Mississippi River Basin to help address habitat loss and impacts from land use.
Nearly 36 million people in the western U.S. rely on the Colorado. Working with partners, we help develop solutions to protect water supplies for people and nature.
The Magdalena River is the social, environmental and economic heart of Colombia. Learn how planning efforts aim to support the basin’s growth while sustaining biodiversity.
Learn how system-scale planning and management of hydropower can yield economic and environmental benefits.
One of the biggest threats to rivers is development in flood-prone areas. Alongside dams or levees, nature can play a key role in the solution.