Sustainably Managed Land and Water Resources


Promoting innovative land and water conservation practices and policies adopted around the world and nurturing research into integrated land and water management

The most basic of natural resources, land and water are the foundation of civilization. Through international networks and cutting-edge research, we strive toward greater land stewardship and coordinated land and water decisions.

Land Conservation

Ongoing threats to land resources diminish resilience in communities and exacerbate poverty and spatial inequality. The Lincoln Institute—which was instrumental in founding the Land Trust Alliance (LTA) in 1981—plays a major role in building cross-sectoral capacity to more sustainably steward and manage land resources in the United States and around the globe. With active partners on six continents, the Lincoln Institute is facilitating knowledge exchange, advancing collaborative approaches to decision-making, and developing innovative ways to use Geographic Information Science at all scales.

International Land Conservation Network

The ILCN is a global network that connects organizations and people who are accelerating voluntary private and civic sector action that protects and stewards land and water resources.

Academics for Land Protection in New England

ALPINE seeks to expand the role that academic institutions play in conserving the New England landscape by sharing experiences and resources among faculty and staff, students, administrations, and alumni.

Kingsbury Browne Fellowship

Each year, the Lincoln Institute and the LTA select an accomplished conservation leader to engage in research, writing, and mentoring.

The Large Landscape Peer Learning Initiative

LLPLI is an effort designed to help articulate and implement, through peer exchange and sharing of best practices, the strategic vision of large landscape conservation initiatives around the globe.

Webinar Series

Over the course of 2020 and 2021, the ILCN and the European Land Conservation Network are holding a series of webinars to bring together the global private and civic land conservation community to share knowledge, build capacity, and advance our work during these challenging times.

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Integrating Land and Water

Every day, land use decisions that shape our water future are made, which is why it is critical to coordinate land and water use decisions. The Babbitt Center of Land and Water Policy, founded at the Lincoln Institute in 2017, works with communities throughout the Colorado River Basin to better integrate land and water planning and thus increase sustainability throughout the region.

Water and Tribes Initiative

The Babbitt Center and its partners are working to enhance tribal capacity on water issues and advance collaborative decision making in the Basin.

Exploring Agricultural Futures

The Babbitt Center is developing programs to learn from and work with agricultural regions in several U.S. states that are facing threats to their water supplies, pressures related to urban development, and opportunities to advance conservation and climate change mitigation.

Urban Water Use

Communities often experience tension between municipal water demands to accommodate growth, economic development, and available water supplies. We conduct workshops to provide expert guidance on land and water issues for local government teams.

Colorado River Basin StoryMap

The Babbitt Center for Land and Water Policy developed the "Hardest Working River in the West" StoryMap to illustrate the Colorado River, its tributaries, and the lands upon which communities, economies, and the environment depend. A related Esri ArcHub contains the data, maps, and related reports detailed in the StoryMap.

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