100&Change: 2021

The Nature Conservancy

Protecting the Source: Water Funds for Nature and People

We will change the way cities deal with the water crisis by scaling a proven solution: protecting nature to improve water supplies.

Submitted: August 2019
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Two-page overview of proposal
Competition Participation
100&Change: 2021
WASH (water, sanitation and hygiene)
Current Work Location(s):
  • Departamento de Antioquia, Colombia
  • Zhejiang Sheng, China
  • Nairobi, Kenya
  • Distrito Federal, Mexico
  • São Paulo, Brazil
  • State of Mahārāshtra, India
  • Jawa Barat, Indonesia
  • Province of the Western Cape, South Africa
Priority Population(s):
  • Economically disadvantaged people
  • Farmers
Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs):
  • 6. Clean water and sanitation
  • 13. Climate action
  • 15. Life on land

Executive Summary

Half of all people live in places where their water sources are being degraded or used up faster than they are being replenished. And when the taps run dry, the most economically disadvantaged people are disproportionally affected. The Nature Conservancy has a tested solution to address this water crisis. Water funds help cities by restoring the watersheds they depend on, they help rural communities by directing resources to improve livelihoods and they benefit nature by protecting habitat. We have successfully launched 34 water funds around the world. With a backlog of partners asking for help, we must scale up. Through 100&Change, we can bring this proven solution to a tipping point by empowering 300 cities—10 times our current portfolio—to begin implementing water funds. Along the way, we’ll improve water supplies for 70 million people, help 150,000 rural people improve their livelihoods and protect 2 million hectares of habitat.

Organization Details
Lead Organization

The Nature Conservancy

website: https://www.nature.org/en-us/
Organization Headquarters
District of Columbia, United States
Organization ID
Annual Operating Budget
$500 Million to $1 Billion
Number of Full-time Employees
> 1,000

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