The Nature Conservancy (TNC)
The Nature Conservancy?s mission is to preserve the plants, animals and natural communities that represent the diversity of life on Earth by protecting the lands and waters they need to survive. The Nature Conservancy has developed a strategic, science-based planning process, which helps to identify the highest-priority places that, if conserved, promise to ensure biodiversity over the long term. One of TNC?s values is ?Respect for People, Communities, and Cultures? as TNC recognises that enduring conservation success depends on the active involvement of people and partners whose lives and livelihoods are linked to the natural systems we seek to conserve. The Nature Conservancy works in more than 30 countries.
1. Wakatobi National Park (Indonesia): Fishers Community of Tomia Island established a group called Komunto to collaboratively develop the fisher community?s resources and sustainably manage marine resources.
2. The Arnavon Community Marine Conservation Area (Solomon Islands): The Nature Conservancy supports this Community Marine Conservation Area for the conservation of biological resources and sustainable livelihood approaches for the communities.
3. Native Lands in the Amazon (South America: Brazil, Bolivia, Ecuador and Venezuela): TNC and partners in the Native Lands in the Amazon programme are working with indigenous organisations, training indigenous groups in satellite mapping and land management. This programme is strengthening indigenous technical, financial and administrative capacity to protect huge swaths of land, and supporting their efforts to influence the government laws and programmes that can also determine their future.
4. Forest Management Project, Adelberts, Madang Province (Papua New Guinea): The key focus of this Project, implemented by TNC and partners, is to facilitate sustainably best practices of forest management with local resource owners through development of land use plans and management plans.
5. Indigenous Ecotourism Network, promoted by the Amistad Project (Costa Rica): Seventeen community-based groups from the Atlantic sector of the site (Talamanca Bribri Indigenous territory) have organized themselves through a formal structure ? The Indigenous Ecotourism Network. They have developed their own decision-making mechanisms, rules and procedures, and have reached an agreement regarding the type of tourism activities to be promoted in their indigenous territory. TNC supports this network that consolidated cultural and nature tourism as an alternative income-generating activity for indigenous communities living in the buffer zone area of the park.
6. The Amazon Indigenous Training Center (Brazil): TNC supports an Indigenous Training Center in the Brazilian amazon region equipping the next generation of indigenous leaders with the tools and expertise to lead their communities into a more secure future, making connections with other indigenous organisations across the hemisphere facing the same problems and building regional networks.
7. Grasslands of the Mongolian Steppe and Tibetan Plateau (Mongolia and China): TNC supports a programme to protect grasslands and savannah at a scale large enough to sustain the wildlife and the livelihoods of nomadic people who live there. It works with those nomadic people and other stakeholders promoting collaborative conservation planning.
8. Partnerships in Micronesia (Republic of Palau and Federated States of Micronesia): TNC developed a programme that builds and strengthens local conservation leadership and promotes local institutional capacity-building so that local leaders and institutions can manage their own resources in culturally appropriate ways.
9. TNC has facilitated a national planning process for the conservation of chimpanzees in Tanzania, on the invitation of The Jane Goodall Institute. A conservation action-planning workshop was held that brought together more than 40 people, representing 25 institutions including government agencies, research institutions and local and international NGOs to develop a national plan that will protect chimpanzees both within the national parks and in the rest of the country. This plan includes integrated land use planning within villages and inclusion of local people in the planning process. TNC is also carrying out reforestation activities in western Tanzania over 20,000 acres of highland forest.