Science and Economic Development in the Emerald Edge

Working in partnership with indigenous peoples and local communities is critically important to achieving outcomes for people and nature. Social science is the backbone of The Nature Conservancy’s approach to strengthening voice, choice and action.

Sarah Weber and Nicole DeMello

Making Nature’s Value Visible (To All): Coral Reef Edition

To all the benefits of coral reefs, add one more: flood reduction. Without coral reefs, annual global damages from flooding would double.

Cara Cannon Byington

Nature Could Help Prevent $50 Billion in Flood Damages in the Gulf of Mexico

New science shows that restoring healthy coastal habitats – like marshes and oyster reefs – is an extremely cost-effective solution for reducing flood risks.

Borja G. Reguero and Christine Shepard

Field Test-Grenada: Lose the Reef, Lose the Beach

Coral reefs are the coasts’ first line of defense against erosion and flooding in many reef-lined coastlines around the globe.

Borja G. Reguero and Nealla R.S Frederick

New Study Shows Flood Risks Across the U.S. are Underestimated (in a Big Way)

New research has sobering news for people living in the Lower 48 United States: you may be at risk from river flooding and not even know it until the waters start to rise.

Cara Cannon Byington

Rehabilitating Watershed Natural Infrastructure in Africa: A Smart Investment to Reduce Urban Flood Damages

The economic case for nature-based solutions as part of a comprehensive approach to environmental problems.

Timm Kroeger

Land Rich and Cash Poor

"For me as a black southerner who loves nature, the freedom of wildness is worth a life's weight in gold."

J. Drew Lanham

Bumper-Crop Birds: Pop-Up Wetlands Are a Success in California

By partnering with rice farmers in California, the Conservancy is transforming fields into pop-up wetlands for migrant shorebirds, yielding the largest average shorebird densities ever reported for agriculture in the region.

Justine E. Hausheer

Wind’s Big Footprint: Clean Energy Still Needs Safeguards for Nature

Wind turbines are a vital part of a clean energy future, but we can we site them in a way that minimizes impacts to birds, bats and natural habitats?

Dustin Solberg

Saved by Sand Dunes

On the five year anniversary of Hurricane Sandy, a return to the Jersey Shore towns saved by sand dunes.

Cara Cannon Byington

More Trout, Less Algae: Wisconsin Stream Demonstrates Benefits of Targeted Conservation

In Wisconsin’s Pecatonica River watershed, conservationists have targeted conservation practices on farms where they can make the most difference for the least cost. The results benefit everything from water quality to trout.

Matthew L. Miller

Coastal Wetlands Prevented $625M in Property Damage During Hurricane Sandy

Put a dollar value on it: engineers, ecologists and risk modelers team up to measure the value of coastal wetlands for reducing hurricane risk.

Siddharth Narayan and Mike Beck