Since 1951, The Nature Conservancy (TNC), an international non-profit organisation, has been the private sector leader in preserving the plants, animals, and natural communities that represent the diversity of life on Earth by protecting the lands and waters they need to survive.
It protects specific places where plant and animal species can survive for generations to come, by employing a scientific and systematic analysis to identify places large enough in scale and rich enough in plant and animal species to ensure meaningful conservational results.
Protects species and habitants, typically by acquiring land and turning it into nature preserves open to the public such as the dwindling American tallgrass prairie, which has brought back the endangered bison.
The conservancy uses cooperation instead of confrontation to forge effective partnerships with business, government, individuals, and organisations that share a concern about the escalating rate of extinction worldwide.
The Nature Conservancy Asia Pacific Council provides leadership, guidance and access for TNCs Asia Pacific programmes. It is co-chaired by Singapore Senior Minister Mr. Lee Kuan Yew, and The Goldman Sachs Group chairman and CEO Mr. Henry M. Paulson Jr.; with members representing a cross-section of public and private sector leaders from the US and Asia Pacific region. YTL managing director, Tan Sri Francis Yeoh is one of the 43 members of the Council.
Among the issues that TNC Asia Pacific deals with in the region are the destruction of reefs and forests, coastal and marine resource depletion, and disappearing forests.
For more information about TNC, please visit The Nature Conservancy website: www.nature.org.
For interactive educational activities about The Last Great Places, go to that website: www.lastgreatplaces.org.