M2PA Request For Proposals for CTF Design

The Association for the Sustainable Financing of Mediterranean Marine Protected Areas (M2PA), is issuing a re-bidding regarding its Request for Proposals (RFP) to design a Mediterranean Conservation Trust Fund and to develop operational guidelines. The goal of their organization is to establish a regional conservation trust fund (CTF) dedicated to Mediterranean Marine Protected Areas (MPA) to sustain their day to day management.

The attached RFP and Terms of reference contain all the necessary information for interested candidates.

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FFEM Seeks Consultant for Final Evaluation of Project K

Secretariat of the French Facility for Global Environment (FFEM) is seeking to hire consultants for the final evaluation of Project K. The job posting can be found online and the full ToR is available for download here.

 The deadline for submissions is 23/4/19. The service is intended to be contracted by 15th May 2019, and the service should be implemented from May to 15th July.


Upcoming CFA Webinar: Fighting Fire with Finance; Introducing the Forest Resilience Bond

On May 9th at 12pm EDT, CFA will be hosting a webinar with Blue Forest Conservation on their Forest Resilience Bond. Blue Forest Conservation is committed to creating sustainable financial solutions to pressing environmental challenges. They recently launched their first innovative finance mechanism, the Forest Resilience Bond, in partnership with the US Forest Service, the World Resources Institute, and Encourage Capital in the Tahoe National Forest in California in 2018. Instead of relying on budget-constrained government agencies, the Forest Resilience Bond deploys investor capital to finance the upfront costs of proactive forest restoration in an effort to reduce the risk of catastrophic wildfire and associated carbon emissions as well while protecting water resources. Investors earn returns through cost-sharing contracts with the US Forest Service, utilities, and state governments that benefit from the restoration treatments. In addition to wildfire, air quality, and water benefits, the Forest Resilience Bond creates jobs, protects communities, and makes forests more resilient to climate change while offering competitive returns to investors.

April 17th: Forum on Financing for Development Side Event

Scaling Up Conservation Finance: What will it take?

Wed. 17th April 2019, 1:15-2:30pm Conference Room S-2726-2727

Organized by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS), and the Permanent Mission of France to the United Nations, this event explores the challenges and innovative approaches to meeting the challenges of mobilizing finance, including private finance, on a scale needed to halt and reverse the degradation of natural ecosystems and loss of

biodiversity of the past several decades. This is critical to achieving the sustainable development goals, yet until now investments in natural capital remain severely underfunded. A number of initiatives supported by new thinking and financial innovation are trying to address this challenge, with some success. The event will review some of the more interesting initiatives with a view to informing Ministries of Finance, multilateral and national development banks, and private financiers attending this year’s Financing for Development Forum at the United Nations. The event aims to stimulate discussion between public, private and conservation community actors on ways to mobilize larger amounts for investment in conservation of valuable ecosystems and biodiversity.

Following the 2016 World Conservation Congress, IUCN and partners launched the Coalition for Private Investment in Conservation (CPIC), which continues its work to provide substantive guidance to financial institutions on designing financial instruments which yield both attractive financial returns and significant conservation benefits. The progress of CPIC’s work will be presented, as will the experience of other conservation finance initiatives.

A key question for discussion will be: what are the key obstacles to large-scale ‘bankability’ of conservation projects and how are they being overcome. It has been suggested that the conservation finance field is still wide open to intermediaries, to project aggregators with field expertise who can respond to the substantial interest of investors by packing projects to meet size thresholds. Intermediaries are tasked with providing replicability and standardization for investors1. At the same time, there is a need for project developers on the ground who can wed the needs of local nature and local communities with the needs of global investors.


Opening remarks: H.E. Anne Gueguen, Deputy Permanent Representative of France to the United Nations

Moderator: David O’Connor, Permanent Observer to UN, International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN)

Standardize, Replicate and Aggregate: the Work of the Coalition for Private Investment in Conservation (CPIC)

Frank Hawkins, Head of IUCN North America Office

Financing Conservation at Scale: Perspectives from the Field

Caleb McClennen, Vice President Global Conservation, Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS)

The Lion’s Share: Harnessing Advertising Power for Conservation Financing

Midori Paxton, United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)

Lessons for Conservation Finance from Climate Finance

Bruce Usher, Columbia Business School

NatureVest Infrastructure and Renewable Energy Investment in Emerging Markets

JC Danilovich, Senior Director, NatureVest, The Nature Conservancy

Lessons on Getting to Scale from the Conservation Finance Alliance

David Meyers, Executive Director, Conservation Finance Alliance

Q&A and Open Discussion

For those without a UN grounds pass, please RSVP to Conor Strong (conor.strong@ext.iucn.org) with your name as printed on your government issued ID by noon Friday, 12 April 2019.

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Pacific Ocean Finance Fellowship Program

The Pacific Islands Forum Fisheries Agency (FFA) and the Office of the Pacific Ocean Commissioner (OPOC) - in partnership with Conservation Strategy Fund, the Conservation Finance Alliance and the Wildlife Conservation Society - are pleased to invite applications for the Pacific Ocean Finance Fellowship Program. This fellowship program is part of the Pacific Ocean Finance Program (POFP), which is Component 3 of the Pacific Regional Oceanscape Program (PROP) - funded by the World Bank and the Global Environment Facility - and implemented through FFA and OPOC.  The aim of the Pacific Ocean Finance Program is to improve the amount and efficacy of finance for Pacific Ocean governance. 

The objectives of the Pacific Ocean Finance Fellowship Program are to 1) increase individual capacity of Pacific Islanders by providing professional development training in ocean finance and governance, and 2) advance finance initiatives promoting ocean governance and health both within institutions and across sectors in the Pacific Islands region through a program of mentored projects in fellows’ home countries.

The 9-month fellowship program will select, train and mentor 10 outstanding fellows in order to expand the pool of people in the region knowledgeable and skilled in conservation finance and to increase positive investment decisions, business models and policies for ocean health at local and national scales.  Pacific Ocean Finance Fellows will receive training, financial support and project mentorship between June 2019 and March 2020.

The deadline for applications is May 7th, 2019. Selection will be based on the eligibility and selection criteria outlined in the full announcement, available here.

ADB opportunity : Scaling Up Private Sector Participation and Use of Market-Based Approaches for Environmental Management - Environmental Economics Expert

Asian Development Bank Seeks Environmental Economics Expert

The full ToR and further information on the position is available here.

TA 9093-REG supports increasing knowledge on the applicability of market-based approaches for environmental management (MBAEM). The TA is supporting an ongoing regional review and stocktaking on the use, applicability, and potential upscaling of MBAEM to address key environmental challenges in the region, including pollution control and prevention, watershed management, and sustainable urban development, among others. In addition to building knowledge and providing recommendations for policy options in Asia, the review will build on ongoing global efforts to document and study the use of innovative policy instruments for environmental management. A team of consultants has produced a draft stocktaking report, which has important content, but could benefit from augmentation and revision. The draft covers market based instruments applied to air pollution, for water management/pollution, and for waste, as well as market based instrument concepts and policy recommendations for improvements. An international consultant with expertise in environmental economics will be engaged to provide substantive technical and editorial inputs to the stocktaking report and fill gaps in content. The consultant will work with an international team of experts, who are providing technical inputs on global and regional experiences and applications of MBAEM. The consultant will also work with a data and information specialist, who will support preparation of an inventory of selected national programs and policies applying MBAEM, which will serve as inputs to the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development Policy Instruments for the Environment (PINE) database.

Birdlife Seeks Trainer/Presenter for Sustainable Landscape Business Planning Workshop

Birdlife looking for a trainer/presenter to run a session on sustainable landscape business planning in a workshop they are hosting in the first week of April.  Please circulate within your networks!

 This is part of BirdLife Forest Programme’s new initiative called the Forest Landscape Sustainability Accelerator, supported through the Trillion Trees partnership. Through this mechanism, they are delivering a direct, multi-faceted programme of support, to address the specific challenges BirdLife Partners face in accessing sustainable financing and funding for priority forest landscapes.

 The Accelerator workshop is running 1-5th April, at the Cambridge Conservation Initiative hub in the David Attenborough Building. It aims to build the capacity for sustainable funding and financing of a group of approx. 20 staff from 10 different BirdLife Partners working on large-scale tropical forest landscape programmes.

 They are looking for an individual or a group of presenters and facilitators for a session focused on landscape business and financial planning, which will be held on Friday 5th April running between 9:00 – 13.30.

 Please note that unfortunately they are only able to cover travel for those coming from within the UK.

 If this is of interest, please find the details of this opportunity attached.

Survey of Protected Area Finance Capacity Needs

This survey is designed to better understand the knowledge and capacity development needs of the broad conservation community with regards to protected area finance. The results will help to inform the work of the Conservation Finance Alliance Working Group on Protected Areas Finance, and through the CFA, it will be used to inform the wider community of protected area finance practitioners.

Protected area finance may be defined as “the ability to secure stable and sufficient long-term financial resources, and to allocate them in a timely manner and appropriate form, to cover the full costs of protected areas (direct and indirect) and to ensure that PAs are managed effectively and efficiently” (Convention on Biological Diversity, 2005).

The survey is designed for conservation practitioners that work in protected areas or on protected area issues. It should take approximately 15 minutes to complete and the information you provide will be held in strict confidence. Only aggregate results will be shared.

The survey is available in three languages: English, French, and Spanish. We would greatly appreciate your participation. Please use the buttons below or visit the CFA site to proceed to the survey in your preferred language.