FAQ

1. What does The Nature Conservancy do?

Since 1951, TNC has been working in partnership with individuals, local communities, government agencies and private businesses to protect the natural landscapes that harbor the diversity of plant and animal life on Earth.Our methods of protecting land include outright purchase, placement of easements, and partnerships with local agencies and other groups.
In Indonesia,TNC has been active for the last 20 years with a full consent from the government with the program having expanded and evolved significantly. From our early site-based activities at Lore Lindu National Park in Central Sulawesi and Komodo National Park in East Nusa Tenggara, our programs have evolved not only to demonstrate solutions, but to use our experience and learning to shape policies and priorities that direct political and financial support to replicating conservation successes nationally and globally.

2. How do I contact The Nature Conservancy?

TNC can be contacted here

3. Who owns and runs The Nature Conservancy?

TNC is governed as a single, tax-exempt 501(c)(3) organization by a worldwide, volunteer Board of Directors and is managed from its worldwide office in Arlington, Virginia USA. Because TNC is organized as a single organization rather than as separate local legal entities, ultimate responsibility for the operation of TNC lies with its Board of Directors. Although the Board of Directors cannot delegate its broad legal and fiduciary responsibilities, it does delegate responsibility for day-to-day operations to the president and chief executive officer, who in turn delegates responsibilities to his or her executive team.

4. How is The Nature Conservancy funded?

For more information on how The Nature Conservancy is funded and uses its resources, please view our most recent annual report.

5. Who are the The Nature Conservancy’s partners in Indonesia?

The Nature Conservancy pursues non-confrontational, pragmatic, market-based solutions to conservation challenges. This makes it essential for us to work collaboratively with partners — with government agencies, communities, companies, multilateral institutions, individuals and other non-profit organizations across the country. For a more complete overview of our partners please visit here

6. Whom can I ask about a Nature Conservancy project in my area?

The Nature Conservancy can be contacted here

7. How do I apply to work for The Nature Conservancy in Indonesia?

The Nature Conservancy employs a multi-faceted and talented group of dedicated, hard-working employees who collaborate to achieve our common conservation goals.  If you are interested in joining our team, please visit our careers web pages for more information about Nature Conservancy career opportunities and details on how to apply for specific jobs. If you wish to be included on our job roster, please send your resume to recruitment.indo@tnc.org

8. Can I do an internship or volunteer at the Nature Conservancy in Indonesia?

Depending on needs and current vacancies The Nature Conservancy offers Internship and Volunteer positions every six months. Please send expressions of interest, including a resume and motivation letter, to The Nature Conservancy at indonesia@tnc.org.

9. What are legacy projects?

Legacy Projects are The Nature Conservancy’s past projects where the responsibility for the management of these projects has been completely handed over to local groups and partners.

10. What is Conservation by Design? Also, what is Development by Design? What is the relevance of the concept with Indonesia?

Conservation by Design is a framework that translates The Conservancy’s broadly stated mission into a unifying articulation of common purpose and direction — a compass bearing to align the organization in taking the most effective conservation action to achieve tangible, lasting results. It sets forth a clear, concise vision for accomplishing mission success,  ambitious goals to make the necessary progress toward fulfilling this vision, an overview of our integrated approach for achieving this goal, an outline of the measures we use to monitor our organizational progress as well an description of the unique values that characterize The Nature Conservancy’s conservation work.

Development by Design is a framework which is grounded in the Conservancy’s scientific expertise. Development by Design (DbD) provides a holistic view of how future development could affect our natural systems and offers solutions for ensuring their health over the long-term for the people and precious wildlife that depend upon them.

The Nature Conservancy applies both of these frameworks to its conservation activites in Indonesia with the aim to contribute to Indonesia’s development while at the same time safeguarding the land and waters on which people rely for their sources of food and water.

11. What are The Nature Conservancy’s attitudes to the needs, values and traditions of local communities in Indonesia?

Enduring conservation success depends on the active involvement of people and partners whose lives and livelihoods are linked to the natural systems we seek to conserve. We respect the needs, values and traditions of local communities and cultures, and we forge relationships based on mutual benefit and trust.

12. What is the Conservancy’s position on climate change?

Climate change poses one of the greatest threats to people and nature. It is already changing our everyday lives and the places we live, and will have a dramatic and lasting impact on plants, animals, people, economies and our way of life. Addressing climate change is essential to fulfilling The Nature Conservancy’s mission. We have a unique stake in the problem, and are positioned to make a difference. Taking action now can avert the extreme impacts of climate change and can have positive effects on people’s everyday lives.  It is our responsibility to future generations and to ourselves.

13. What are steps that can be taken now to combat Climate Change in Indonesia?

Investing in finding alternative, renewable energy sources will help Indonesia to reduce its over-reliance on fossil fuel and cut emissions of other dangerous chemicals like sulfur dioxide, nitrous oxide and mercury.  By slowing or halting deforestation, we can store more carbon and reduce emissions that cause climate change, and continue to reap the benefits that healthy forests provide. Deforestation contributes up to 25 percent of carbon emissions worldwide – cutting down and burning a single medium-size tree releases one metric ton of carbon in the atmosphere. Some scientists predict that we have 10 years before our window to act on global warming closes.  Leading scientists warn that “business as usual” will results in a “different planet” or will “remake the face of the Earth.” Everyone can contribute to solving the problem of climate change by taking their own actions to reduce energy consumption.

14. What is The Nature Conservancy's position on hunting and fishing?

In general, the Conservancy does not take a formal position either for or against hunting or fishing. Because our primary focus has always been to protect the entire spectrum of native biological diversity, we do not encourage hunting or fishing on the majority of conservation sites that we own or manage.  At the same time, when these activities are carried out within the guidelines of applicable state and federal laws, we would not oppose those who wish to take part in them.

If you would like to know whether hunting or fishing is allowed on a particular preserve, please contact local branch of Ministry of Forestry’s BKSDA (Natural Resources Conservation Agency) or Ministry of Marine Affairs and Fisheries’ related agency in which the preserve is located.

15. Would The Nature Conservancy like to use or purchase my photography?

Due to limited resources and an overwhelming level of interest, we are no longer issuing photographer's guidelines and are unable to accept unsolicited photography submissions.  This includes The Nature Conservancy magazine as well as other Conservancy publications.

The only unsolicited materials we can accept are emails featuring a link to your personal web site or online portfolio.  Please send such emails to photo@tnc.org, and include a list of any Nature Conservancy areas that you have already photographed.  We will review these links on a periodic basis and will contact you if your work matches our project needs. Please do not send unsolicited emails with attachments.

Feel free to contact The Nature Conservancy's local, state and country offices in areas where you have photographed and/or may be planning to visit.  These individual offices may have photo acquisition needs, contests, products, etc., which may be of interest to you.

Prior to contacting these offices, we recommend that you take a moment to investigate our web site to familiarize yourself with the areas in which we are working.