A Yr-Finish Letter to Our Supporters — The Nature Conservancy in Washington

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Expensive mates:

As we finish 2022, I need to categorical gratitude to your assist of The Nature Conservancy in Washington and past.

Your assist sustains and strengthens us as we search to construct a permanent legacy of conserving the lands and waters upon which all life relies upon. There’s a lot to rejoice. We’ve a proficient, various, and dedicated crew and Board of Trustees, deep partnerships throughout the state, and a stable useful resource base. We’re making a optimistic distinction for folks and nature right here at house, throughout the area and all over the world. I encourage you to spend time studying tales and updates from our crew. Your assist makes all this doable. Thanks!

That is additionally a season for wanting forward. I wish to share a number of key themes that may form our work and influence in 2023.

Biodiversity

The Kunming-Montreal International Biodiversity Framework, negotiated in Montreal in early December, units a purpose of defending 30% of the earth’s land and waters by 2030 and focuses on international fairness and the management of Indigenous peoples. The International Biodiversity Framework builds on many years of activism, science, and laborious work to set a guiding star for collective motion by humanity. The Framework will assist speed up our work right here at house and compel us to deepen our commitments to defending and benefitting from nature.

Local weather Investments

One other 2022 milestone that may have a profound influence is the historic degree of funding in local weather motion that may start to movement because of implementation of the Washington Local weather Dedication Act and the federal Infrastructure Funding and Jobs Act and Inflation Discount Act. These three items of laws will deliver billions of {dollars} to the Pacific Northwest within the subsequent decade for the transition to scrub power and adaptation to local weather change. This can be a once-in-a-generation alternative to make game-changing investments for folks and nature. With our expertise in driving personal and public finance to conservation, we at The Nature Conservancy have a key function to play in making certain these investments make an enduring distinction.

Fairness and inclusion

There’s a rising dedication to embedding fairness and inclusion in conservation and local weather motion on the native, nationwide, and international scales. Every of the three items of laws talked about above comprise commitments to equitable allocation of sources. International agreements on local weather and biodiversity explicitly emphasize the essential management function of Indigenous folks and the crucial of elevated useful resource movement to communities most impacted by local weather change. Our work at The Nature Conservancy is more and more oriented in direction of supporting Indigenous and area people management in local weather and conservation efforts. We’ve loads to study on this enviornment and we’re grateful for the encouragement of many companions.

The Nature Conservancy’s 2030 targets are deeply aligned with these themes and alternatives. In assist of these targets, our Washington crew and Board of Trustees are implementing a brand new strategic framework, sharpening our concentrate on addressing the local weather and nature crises, and rising our influence for folks and nature. We sit up for sharing updates on this framework within the coming months.

The final a number of years have introduced house how vital it’s to look after ourselves and others at the same time as we try to look after our communities and the planet. As we begin 2023, I hope you’ll find well-being and can be capable to deepen your connections along with your group and your favourite locations. Thanks to your continued dedication and assist.

Mike Stevens
Washington State Director



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