- conservation of natural resources.
- an association dedicated to the protection of the environment and its resources.
- British. a commission regulating navigation, fisheries, etc.
Origin of conservancy
- (in Britain) a court or commission with jurisdiction over a river, port, area of countryside, etc
- another word for conservation (def. 2)
1755, "commission with jurisdiction over a port or river," from Latin conservant-, present participle stem of conservare (see conserve) + -cy. Earlier was conservacy (mid-15c., Anglo-French conservacie). Meaning "official preservation of undeveloped land" dates from 1859 (first reference is to protection of bo trees in Ceylon).