The Nature Conservancy, a global conservation organization dedicated to conserving the lands and waters has released Geospatial Conservation at The Nature Conservancy (TNC) 2019 Annual Report and Map Book. Conservation at TNC 2019 Annual Report and Map Book includes the findings of a global survey delivered to nearly 1,500 staff, results from a series of listening sessions in every region where they work and input from a newly-formed GIS Leadership Council.
This report is designed to provide a baseline of the Conservancy’s 2019 geospatial work, present use cases that illustrate ways that technology supports conservation and, examine emerging opportunities where TNC can best leverage geospatial technology to protect, conserve and restore ecosystems around the globe. The use cases were selected by members of the GIS Leadership Council and the Geospatial Systems Team.
Jack Dangermond, Founder and President of Esri said, “following decades of collaboration between Esri and The Nature Conservancy, I am excited to see this inaugural geospatial annual report”. “TNC is a global leader in applying GIS to inform conservation management plans and actions to address complex environmental challenges powered by the best available data, scientifically grounded spatial analysis and advanced visualization tools. This series of reports will inform readers about the trends and profound conservation impacts which have been realized by leveraging geospatial technology.” He added further.
This first report characterizing the Conservancy’s geospatial work affirms what we all know—that science matters. The examples that follow underscore the importance of developing and sharing spatial data to better understand the Earth’s systems and how we can protect them. Further leveraging this expertise will play a critical role to achieve vision of a future where nature and people thrive.
The survey tried to find out GIS usage type and came up with the result that the vast majority of respondents (~83%) use GIS for mapping and cartography purposes. After all, maps are the most intuitive way to communicate relevant information across TNC (~45%) and to stakeholders outside TNC (~33%) while keeping track of field operations related to TNC preserve management (~43%). Given the large use of GIS for spatial analysis tasks (~60%) and data management (~53%), we can speculate that almost ⅔ of our GIS community are intermediate to advanced users.
The report also focuses on geospatial software usage by Conservancy staff and came up with result that they are heavily reliant on Esri products. From mobile, to desktop, to enterprise (server), the Esri product suite is used at all levels of the organization. Many additional software tools are brought to bear on our work, including non-Esri software and open-source software. Combining of all these software tools enables TNC’s geospatial staff to achieve our Conservation mission.
2019 Annual Report and Map Book present fourteen use cases to illustrate how geospatial technology is used to provide decision support and leverage meaningful action. These were selected by The GIS Leadership Council and the Geospatial Systems Team.
As a digital companion to this report, the team is also launching a new Geospatial Conservation Atlas. This will serve as the central portal for any geospatial content developed by The Nature Conservancy that includes web maps, apps, a map gallery, local and regional initiative portals, conservation data and other resources.
To know more you can also directly download the report here: https://www.nature.org/content/dam/tnc/nature/en/documents/TNC_Geospatial_Annual_Report_2019.pdf