Grantee Profile

Nature Conservancy

Grants to Nature Conservancy

  • $600,000

    2016 (Duration 2 years)

    Conservation & Sustainable Development

    ARLINGTON, VIRGINIA — The Nature Conservancy (TNC) works around the world to protect ecologically important lands and waters for nature and people. This award builds on progress made over the previous four years in western Tanzania’s Greater Mahale Ecosystem on the shore of Lake Tanganyika, a global hotspot for biodiversity. Employing a two-part strategy, TNC is securing terrestrial and freshwater resources in Mahale Mountains National Park (MMNP) and its buffer zone. First, with Tanzania National Parks Authority, TNC is demarcating, monitoring and enforcing freshwater protected areas adjacent to the national park. Second, the partners are creating and equipping coordinated fire management units in 13 villages and a new ranger post to protect the park and neighboring chimpanzee habitat from human-set wildfires, poaching, and illegal settlement. These efforts address encroaching threats, including illegal fishing, unmanaged dry season fires, and a planned road through intact forest. With TNC’s support, the strategy will be adopted and financed by the National Parks Authority after its establishment.

  • $650,000

    2016 (Duration 2 years)

    Conservation & Sustainable Development

    ARLINGTON, VIRGINIA — The Nature Conservancy (TNC) is an international organization that conserves the lands and waters on which all life depends. With support from the MacArthur Foundation, the Critical Ecosystem Partnership Fund, and the United Nations Environment Program, TNC and the Lake Tanganyika Authority are convening the Africa Great Lakes Conference – the first event of its kind in nearly two decades – in May 2017 in Entebbe, Uganda. This event convenes relevant stakeholders from all seven major watersheds in the Great Lakes Region of East and Central Africa to address critical, shared issues, including climate change impacts, governance challenges, conservation and development paradigms, public health and water, fisheries management, and biodiversity. With this award, TNC creates the Africa Great Lakes Fund, a fund designed to provide catalytic support for implementing key recommendations that result from the conference.

  • $880,000

    2016 (Duration 2 years)

    Climate Solutions

    ARLINGTON, VIRGINIA — The Nature Conservancy (TNC) is a leading not-for-profit conservation organization that provides pragmatic solutions to protect ecologically important lands and waters for nature and people. In India,TNC works with the Center for Study on Science, Technology and Policy, a well-regarded not-for-profit research organization with expertise in science-based policy research, to develop a digital visualization platform to generate alternate land-use maps and scenarios to inform siting decisions and their associated environmental impacts for renewable energy (RE) development in two Indian states of Maharashtra and Madhya Pradesh. As India pushes ahead with its ambitious program of expanding RE generation capacity, this award provides decision makers in the two states with optimized choices on locating RE generation centers with minimal adverse impact on the environment and forest ecology.

  • $450,000

    2015 (Duration 2 years)

    Conservation & Sustainable Development

    ARLINGTON, VIRGINIA — The Nature Conservancy (TNC) works around the world to protect ecologically important lands and waters for nature and people. The project will organize and convene the African Great Lakes Summit, an event that brings together lake basin management authorities, government departments, nongovernmental and community organizations, researchers, and donors. The Summit will recommend approaches for sound, long-term management and mitigation of threats from unsustainable development of the lake basins. Drawing from the experience of the United States and Canada Great Lakes Fishery Commission and other bi-national agencies, an advisory committee and technical advisory group will assist in planning and hosting the event. Information, data, and technical reports on Africa’s Great Lakes will be collated and made publicly available through an online portal. This will improve access and foster collaboration between relevant institutions.

  • $10,000,000

    2015 (Duration 2 years, 3 months)

    Climate Solutions

    ARLINGTON, VIRGINIA — The Nature Conservancy is the leading conservation organization working around the world to protect ecologically important lands and waters for nature and people. In partnership with Environmental Defense Fund, TNC is embarking on a concerted effort over the next two federal election cycles to engage a broad cross-section of voters to forge the necessary coalitions and political base for durable action on climate policy by state legislatures and Congress. The Foundation’s award ensures that The Nature Conservancy can engage fully in the partnership in order to make action on climate change a central, rather than peripheral, political issue for targeted constituencies. Critical to U.S. leadership on addressing climate change, and its role in ensuring that developing countries, particularly China and India, meet their 2025 carbon emissions reduction targets, is, among other things, a robust and well-informed political debate across the state and federal governments about the dangers climate change poses and the ways to limit its negative impacts.

  • $1,500,000

    2015 (Duration 2 years)

    Conservation & Sustainable Development

    ARLINGTON, VIRGINIA — The Nature Conservancy (TNC) works around the world to protect ecologically important lands and waters for nature and people. The project is testing low emissions development strategies that will reduce deforestation rates in two important forest areas: the Yucatan Peninsula, Mexico, which covers roughly 13 million hectares, approximately 6 million hectares of which are forested; and Pará State, Brazil, the second largest state in the Amazon, covering about 125 million hectares. The project outcomes are written commitments among government, industry, and communities in each site to drive low emissions development and reduce deforestation, as well as cases studies describing their design and coordination.

  • $300,000

    2014 (Duration 3 years)

    Conservation & Sustainable Development

    ARLINGTON, VIRGINIA — The Nature Conservancy (TNC) is an international conservation organization that works with partners to support the Colombian government in developing an Integrated River Basin Management plan for the Magdalena-Cauca Rivers. The purpose of the grant is to develop and refine a set of support tools and strategies that will influence hydropower development policy and strengthen Colombian regulatory agencies to apply basin-wide management principles.

  • $450,000

    2013 (Inactive Grant)

    Conservation & Sustainable Development

    ARLINGTON, VIRGINIA — The Nature Conservancy works around the world to protect ecologically important lands and waters for nature and people. The purpose of this grant is to maintain the richness and increase the abundance of Lake Tanganyika’s fish communities while improving fishing livelihoods. Working in the Greater Mahale Ecosystem, the Nature Conservancy will establish a freshwater fisheries management program that reduces the use of illegal fishing gear, protects priority near shore areas, increases the richness and abundance of fish and increases household incomes.

  • $250,000

    2013 (Inactive Grant)

    Conservation & Sustainable Development

    ARLINGTON, VIRGINIA — The Nature Conservancy (TNC) works around the world to protect ecologically important lands and waters for nature and people. TNC will work with a fleet of medium scale fishers in eastern Indonesia to work towards improved management of two commercially important fisheries – snapper and tuna. The overall goal is to move towards a model of sustainable fisheries. TNC will be working directly with the private sector, introducing simple and low-cost technological solutions to increase sustainability and traceability in fisheries.

  • $450,000

    2011 (Inactive Grant)

    Conservation & Sustainable Development

    ARLINGTON, VIRGINIA — To design Phase II of the Great Rivers Partnership.

The MacArthur Foundation awarded Nature Conservancy $15,530,000 between 1978 and 2017.

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