Natural Heritage Institute

The Natural Heritage Institute (NHI) is a non-profit natural resources conservation organization founded in California in 1989
by a multi-disciplinary group of experienced environmental professionals. NHI is specialized in rehabilitating heavily
engineered river systems to restore and protect the natural functions that support water-dependent ecosystems and the
services they provide to sustain and enrich human life. Freshwater ecosystems are today the most imperiled on the planet.
NHI’s vision is to recreate a world where rivers function like rivers again in harmony with human needs.
NHI designs and then demonstrates restoration tools and techniques in local settings, usually at a river basin-wide scale to
illuminate successful models and replicable precedents. We have done this work comprehensively in the Central Valley of
California, and also internationally on the Mekong river in SE Asia, the Rio Grande river on the US-Mexico border, and
throughout continental Africa.

Climate Action Platform

Organisation Representative

Endorsers that Natural Heritage Institute partner with


MacArthur Foundation

Aavishkaar Capital is the equity arm of The Aavishkaar Group which manages in excess of US$1 billion in AUM across equity and credit. The Group’s shareholders include TIAA-Nuveen, Shell Foundation, Triodos Bank and Dutch Entrepreneurial Development Bank.

MacArthur Foundation

MacArthur is one of the nation’s largest independent foundations. Organizations supported by the Foundation work in about 50 countries. MacArthur Foundation supports creative people, effective institutions, and influential networks building a more just, verdant, and peaceful world. MacArthur is placing a few big bets that truly significant progress is possible on some of the world s most pressing social challenges, including over-incarceration, global climate change, nuclear risk, and significantly increasing financial capital for the social sector. In addition to the MacArthur Fellows Program, the Foundation continues its historic commitments to the role of journalism in a responsible and responsive democracy, as well as the strength and vitality of our headquarters city, Chicago. We also make awards to individuals for extraordinary creativity through the MacArthur Fellows program; for institutional support through the MacArthur Award for Creative and Effective Institutions; and for solutions to critical problems through 100 amp;Change. In India, the Foundation has supported a significant number of interventions to promote secondary education and population and reproductive health. More recently, the Foundation has invested in a significantly large portfolio of interventions to combat the adverse impact of Climate Change.

On-going/Past projects

Sustainable Energy Future for Asia

By Natural Heritage Institute

This project will assess, in collaboration with power companies, investors and governments around Asia, the feasibility of coupling floating solar with existing hydropower to meet development goals in a climate-safe way.

Climate Action and Environment, Energy, Livelihood and Poverty Alleviation