BIOFIN Webinar - Private Lands Conservation Series, Part 1: Conservation easements, the USA case

Mon, Dec 4, 2017 - 9:00am EDT

BIOFIN is launching a series of webinars on private lands conservation that will feature examples such as conservation easements, customary and collective property conservation, and Private Protected Areas (PPAs). This first session will focus on conservation easements in the US. Conservation easements are legally binding agreements between private landowners and non-profit land trusts or government to protect conservation values of a property. The webinar speaker, Andrew Seidl, is a co-author of the study and a professor in the Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics at CSU as well as a Senior Technical Advisor for BIOFIN.

The Webinar will focus on the main lessons learnt from the mechanism's evolution and implementation in the US. The strengths, weaknesses and risks will be presented as well as relevant examples of implementation and the return on investment of such mechanism for the region of Colorado. 

Further information on the webinar is available here, and the link to register is here.

Updates from the RedLAC Assembly

 

Punta Cana, Dominican Republic, was the host city for the 19th RedLAC Assembly on November 2017. This is one of the most important meetings about cooperation among environmental funds and financing for conservation in the region. For the first time three funds hosted the Assembly Fundacion Sur Futuro, Fondo Marena and Caribbean Biodiversity Fund.

One hundred and sixty-two attendees from four continents were able to exchange during four days information and experiences thanks to this valuable networking taking place during the Assembly.

This year’s Assembly theme was the Blue Economy, focusing in particular on the importance of coastal and marine ecosystems for sustainable development and how Environmental Funds can play a crucial role in this agenda. Thematic panels discuss the concepts of the Blue Economy, its perspectives, the relationship with the tourism sector and actions to adapt to climate change. As every year, the agenda was complemented with panels dedicated to financial, investment and environmental fund management issues.

Presentations, photos, and information from the assembly will be available on the CFA Site later this week.

New Clarmondial and WWF Report on Conservation Investments

Clarmondial and the WWF Landscape Finance Lab have produced “Capitalising Conservation”, a new report exploring how conservation organisations and their partners can mobilise private investment in conservation. The report provides a framework to guide the identification, structuring and execution of investments in conservation. It describes various roles conservation organisations can play to unlock investment capital and supports effective investor engagement.

The publication highlights how leading conservation organisations have pioneered investment strategies and structures in conservation finance, illustrated by case studies involving Conservation International, NatureVest (The Nature Conservancy), Rewilding Europe, Wildlife Conservation Society, Wildlife Works and WWF. It features a foreword by Naoko Ishii, the CEO of the Global Environment Facility (GEF), and the perspective of corporates and investment partners including Nespresso and Finance in Motion.

The Capitalising Conservation report is available here.
The press release regarding the report is available here.

World Wildlife Fund Seeking Senior Program Officer 

World Wildlife Fund (WWF), the world’s leading conservation organization, seeks a Senior Program Officer for the Northern Great Plains (NGP) Program’s Tribal Sustainable Financing Initiative. The NGP Program works across a five-state region with private, public, and tribal partners. It is a two-year full-time position, based out of Bozeman (may be negotiable for the right candidate). Please share with anyone who you think would be interested – and share widely within your networks.


Further information on the position as well as how to apply can be found on the WWFUS site.

Application is due Jan 7th.

Bhutan to Permanently Protect Network of Protected Areas

The Royal Government of Bhutan, World Wildlife Fund (WWF), donors and partners from around the world announced their commitment to create a USD $43 million fund—the first of its kind in Asia—to permanently protect Bhutan’s network of protected areas.

This funding will be combined with USD $75 million from the Bhutan government, which will be contributed over a 14-year period, to support a new program called Bhutan for Life (BFL). The program, which is supported in part by a USD $26.6 million grant from the Green Climate Fund, will ensure that there is funding forever to properly manage Bhutan’s protected areas—which constitute 51 percent of the country, the highest percentage of land designated as protected in Asia. 

The press release can be found here. For further information, both WWF and USNews have provided web stories.

Request for Strategic Planning Consultant(s) for the Malawi Environmental Endowment Trust

The Malawi Environmental Endowment Trust is seeking the services of a Strategic Planning Consultant(s) due to the need that has arisen to demonstrate MEET‟s organizational, financial and operational sustainability in the medium to long term. It is envisaged that the development of the 2018 – 2022 Strategic Plan will enable MEET to identify institutional priorities to ensure they are aligned to MEET‟s mission and vision for institutional growth and aligned to national environmental policies and strategies for national development..

The main objective of this consultancy is therefore to develop MEET‟s five-year (2018 – 2022) Strategic Plan and Resource Mobilization Strategy in order to identify priority actions, order, schedule and resources to achieve the Trust‟s overarching vision.

A full description of the request as well as contact information is available here.

Proposals are due Friday December 8th, 2017.

CFA Professional Services Directory

In order to help CFA members find each other for consulting projects, we are introducing a new Professional Services Directory. Members who work as consultants can list themselves and the types of services they provide, and members who are looking for consultants will have an easy way to find who has a particularly specialty.

If you would like to be listed in the Professional Services Directory, please complete this form. In the interest of space, each entry will be relatively short, but can link to a webpage, LinkedIn profile, or other online presence where you can provide more information.

The page is now available on the CFA Site.

2016 Conservation Trust Fund Investment Survey Now Available

We are excited to announce that the tenth report of the Conservation Trust Fund Investment Survey (CTIS) series has been released and is available for download. The report overs the performance of Conservation Trust Funds during the calendar year of 2016 and relies on information provided by 38 Funds from 47 countries about endowments and sinking funds.

The 2016 CTIS is available for download here as well as in the CFA Library.

New CFA Professional Services Directory

In order to help CFA members find each other for consulting projects, we are introducing a new Professional Services Directory. Members who work as consultants can list themselves and the types of services they provide, and members who are looking for consultants will have an easy way to find who has a particularly specialty.

If you want to be listed in the Professional Services Directory, please complete this form. In the interest of space, each entry will be relatively short, but can link to a webpage, LinkedIn profile, or other online presence where you can provide more information. As submissions come in, the page will be launched shortly with a link included in the next newsletter.

CFA Book Recommendations

In a recent gathering of CFA Members it was suggested that we have a space to compile a list of books on conservation that are highly recommended by other members. Through this we would hope that our members would be inspired to read, learn, and share together through books on conservation. If you have a book you would like to recommend, please send the title, author, your name, as well as a description up to 150 words on why you suggested it to secretariat@conservationfinancealliance.org . As recommendations come in, they will be posted on the CFA Website.