Nature's Leading Women is a new initiative, but it draws on many years of work and experience. If you have any questions not answered below, please feel free to contact us.

How can I support the women's important work?

You can support our projects in Asia Pacific, including the women leaders of northern Australia and the Pacific Islands. Our experience shows, that when women are given the opportunity to design, and participate in, environmental programs, there are lasting benefits for their communities and the natural world.

Thanks to your generosity, we can enable women from Australia and the Pacific Islands to build their networks and knowledge, improve their financial literacy and business skills, and increase their education and employment opportunities.

You can become a conservation champion of The Nature Conservancy in Asia Pacific. All donations over $2 are tax-deductible.

You can support the women's work by:

Thanks to the support of our trustees, donors, and staff, we’ve been able to achieve some great things over the years. Just some of these achievements are highlighted in our Impact Report 2016

How did this initiative begin?

It is an exciting time for the women who we work with in the Pacific and northern Australia. These women leaders are beginning to form their own environmental and/or ranger organisations; they're also exploring the possibilities of ecotourism and other sustainable business ventures in their communities. The women are eager, yet most have limited financial literacy or small business experience. It is an ideal time to build their capacity in this area.

In September 2016, The Nature Conservancy organised a women’s event at the largest international conservation forum, the World Conservation Congress, and brought together women from the Solomon Islands, Papua New Guinea and northern Australia. The feedback from the participants was overwhelmingly positive.

Robyn James, the Conservation Director in Melanesia, recognised a need to continue building our women partners' capacity ... so she set about forming the Nature's Leading Women project and gathering together a stellar team from TNC!

Who is The Nature Conservancy?

The Nature Conservancy is a global conservation organisation dedicated to conserving the lands and waters on which all life depends. Guided by science, we focus on getting things done efficiently and with the greatest positive impact for conservation.

We're a trusted organisation working in 72 countries on innovative solutions to our world's toughest challenges so that nature and people can thrive together. We're tackling climate change, conserving lands, waters and oceans at unprecedented scale, provided food and water sustainably and helping making cities more sustainable.

The Nature Conservancy has a rich history of strengthening the leadership of indigenous peoples and local communities in environmental and development decisions and actions. We aim to build a future where both people and nature thrive. To learn more, visit our website or follow us on Facebook.

Why does The Nature Conservancy invest in women?

Growing evidence suggests that empowering women is the single biggest force for positive change in the world today—and by better integrating women into conservation work we can greatly increase benefits to people and nature.

Women and girls make up half the world’s population. They are often the main resource managers for their families, growing crops and gathering water and firewood. In fact, women produce 60 to 80 percent of all food in developing countries and are vital to lasting conservation solutions. However, they are often left out of decisions about the very natural resources on which they and their families rely.

Increasing capacity for women to be involved in decisions about natural resources is win-win. It empowers women, increases employment opportunities, improves their ability to plan for their families and results in greater positive outcomes for conservation.

Our vision for gender and conservation 

The Conservancy’s vision is that everyone, regardless of gender, can help drive conservation and sustainable development on lands and waters critical to our shared future. To realise this vision, the Conservancy is now striving to improve the intentional and systematic integration of women’s leadership and meaningful participation in conservation and sustainable development projects.

Our goal is that, within two years, our activities will directly bene t more than 50,000 women, by directly strengthening their role in our projects and indirectly benefitting many more individuals. By giving women a voice in how natural resources are managed, we can build more effective conservation programs and amplify their benefits to people and nature as well as informing policy. 

Where will my money go?

Your support will empower the women from Pacific Island countries and northern Australia to continue their remarkable work in their home communities.

The Nature Conservancy carries out its work with a deep commitment to accountability and transparency. Our strong performance is reflected in the fact that The Nature Conservancy is highly rated by charity watchdog organisations; for instance we are rated as one of the most trusted organisations in a recent poll by Harris Interactive®.

The Nature Conservancy is one of the most effective and efficient environmental organisations in the world. Building on nearly six decades of experience, we've protected more than 119 million acres of land and 5,000 river miles — and we operate more than 100 marine conservation projects globally. We are able to accomplish so much because we make careful use of our resources, with 71.2% of our funding going directly toward our science-driven program work. Donate now to help our women thrive. 




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