What is a Water Fund?

Water Funds are organizations that design and enhance financial and governance mechanisms which unite public, private and civil society stakeholders around a common goal to contribute to water security through nature-based solutions and sustainable watershed management.


Watch the videos below to learn more about how the Water Fund model is being applied in diverse contexts around the world.

  • Water Funds: Invest in nature to achieve water security

    Giulio Boccaletti, Global Managing Director for Water describes TNC's vision for water security

  • Rio de Janeiro Water Fund, Brazil

    The Guandu Watershed supplies 80% of the water used by the 10 million residents of the city of Rio de Janeiro. Communities in Brazil are coming together to secure water for themselves and citizens downstream. Watch this video to see how citizens of Rio de Janeiro are working together to do just that.

  • Rio Grande Water Fund, New Mexico, USA

    Restoring New Mexico's forests to help keep the Rio Grande River working for people and nature.

  • Upper Tana-Nairobi Water Fund, Kenya

    The Upper Tana-Nairobi Water Fund allows urban users to invest in upstream watershed conservation efforts for the benefit of farmers, businesses and more than 9 million Kenyans who depend on the Tana River for their fresh water. Building on TNC's experience with more than 30 water funds around the world, the Upper Tana-Nairobi Water Fund now serves as a model for new water conservation efforts across Africa.