Sunday, September 26, 2010

The Nature Conservancy

The Nature Conservancy was formed in 1951

By a group of scientists whom wanted to save threatened natural areas around the world.

    The Nature Conservancy joins forces with governments, non-profit organizations, local stakeholders, indigenous communities, corporate partners, and international organizations to find solutions to conservation challenges. They are involved in protection of private lands, the creation of conservation-minded public policies, and the funding of conservation projects around the world. They have an interesting approach called the debt-for-nature swaps, which is a transaction which ensures biodiversity conservation with the exchange for debt that is owed by developing countries.

History of work and accomplishments : 

 In 1955, The Nature Conservancy bought it’s first pack of land, a 60-acre tract along the Mianus River Gorge which is around the boarder of New York and Connecticut. During the same year they established the Land Preservation Fund, which it still used today to help provide funding for worldwide conservation efforts.
 In 1961, a partnership between Bureau of Land Management and The Nature Conservancy which was formed to protect old-growth forests in California.  During the 1970s and 1980s. The Nature Conservancy setup key programs such as the Natural Heritage Network and the International conservation Program. The Natural Heritage Network collected information about species distributions and natural communities throughout the United States. While, the International Conservation Program identified key natural regions and conservation groups in Latin America. In 1988 The Conservancy completed their first dept-for-nature swap to fund conservation work in Brauli Carillo National Park. In the 1990s The Nature Conservancy introduced a large-scale project called the Last Great Place Alliance, an effort aimed to saving full ecosystems by protecting core reserves and establishing the buffer zones around them. In 2001-2005, they purchased land in Colorado which later formed the Great Sand Dunes National Park and the Baca National Wildlife Refuge, it also expanded the Rio Grande National Forest. Most recently, the Conservancy organized the protection of 161,000 acres of forest in the Adirondacks of New York. They also negotiated a debt-for-nature swap to protect tropical forest in Costa Rica.

    Humans can be a very invasive species, as we hold great power and are able impact an environment and the living things that reside there. Yet we cannot be blind sighted by the media as it only shows one side of the story, and the that is the negative effects that humans have caused, yet from research and proven facts there are many organization that are working to improve and restore the environment. I believe, through my research that there is a lot being done to improve the environment and to help maintain it for our future generations. The Nature Conservancy is a great organization that have been around for many years and helped restore and maintain land around the world, yet it is only one organization of many, therefore next time you see something in the media make sure to do your own research before building an opinion that might be one sighted.

other organizations supported by The Nature Conservancy:


"Plant A Billion Trees." Plant A Billion Trees - One Dollar at a Time - with The Nature Conservancy. The Nature Conservancy. Web. 26 Sept. 2010.

Klappenbach, By Laura. "The Nature Conservancy - Profile of The Nature Conservancy." Animals Wildlife - Animal Facts, Animal Pictures, Habitat Facts, Evolution and Zoology. Web. 26 Sept. 2010.

"About The Nature Conservancy - Protecting Nature, Preserving Life." The Nature Conservancy - Protecting Nature, Preserving Life. Web. 26 Sept. 2010.

"The Nature Conservancy | Planet Change." The Nature Conservancy | Take the Climate Change Pledge. Web. 26 Sept. 2010.

"The Nature Conservancy in Connecticut - Show Us Your Connecticut!" The Nature Conservancy - Protecting Nature, Preserving Life. Web. 26 Sept. 2010.

City, By. "Video: Conservation - Urban Environment and Green Space | ON Networks." ON Networks: Original Programming for Original People™ | ON Networks. Web. 26 Sept. 2010.

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  1. I think that the idea of the debt-for-nature swaps that The Nature Conservancy participates in is such a great way of compromising and using available resources! By using this method, they’re solving two problems with one agreement! This agreement not only minimizes the negative effect debt has on developing countries, but it also minimizes the environmental destruction that the developing nations frequently cause! This will surely get many environments protected, and thus rescue the many species and organisms that live in those areas. It will be great if many more groups and organizations follow The Nature Conservancy’s example and adapted this practice!!
    In addition, the decision The Nature Conservancy made to form a partnership with the Bureau of Land Management, in order to protect the old-growth forests in California, is also a very benefiting choice! Old-growth forests are usually not protected around the world by international treaties, because many people consider them to be of no significance. However, the fact is that they account for as much as 10% of the global net uptake of carbon dioxide! Thus, it’s awesome that The Nature Conservancy decided to form a partnership with the Bureau of Land Management in order to protect the old-growth forests in California!
    Bearing in mind all of the projects The Nature Conservancy have invested on, we can see that they are making a huge difference in the world! They have done a fantastic job in putting a stop to the trend of destruction and overuse in our world, and will surely continue to do so!!

  2. I think that the Nature Conservancy is an amazing foundation! It has alot of potential and does an amazing job of saving the environment. Preserving the environment in this way is very clever and beneficial for ecosystems. This organization seems to have a very intersting idea as I love how they do debt-for-nature swaps . This idea is the first I've heard of, and I really like it. This way, the environment is saved while being beneficial to others. Saving the environment is very important as it ensures human, animal and the ecosystem's survival. It benefits both parties as they negotiate and come into an agreement. This is very clever because there would be no future problems because of the agreement. This saves the environment as well because the land is being reserved for its natural purposes.
    I agree that humans are invasive species. We greatly affect the environment, and have been providing and establishing organizations to save the environment. Humans should be proud of this because humans are trying to fix problems out of their hands to ensure safety for the biodiversity of our ecosystems on planet Earth. I also agree with your statement that individuals should research before thinking humanity is destroying our world. Indeed, the media portrays humans as destructive and such, but I believe that humans work for the better of the environment and species.