Webinar Recap: Financing Coral Reef Conservation and Management with Tourism-Related Tools

This webinar originally aired on 17 July, 2019.

Coral reefs provide enormous economic value to humanity, and their value for recreation is one of the easiest to capture financially. This webinar will explore the range of existing and emerging tools that protected areas and site managers can use to capture funds from tourism for conservation and management. Specifically the webinar will discuss the use of: 1) entry, activity, and special use fees; 2) commercial concessions; 3) departure taxes; 4) partnerships with hotels; and 5) voluntary donations. This webinar is sponsored by the International Coral Reef Initiative (ICRI), an informal partnership which strives to preserve coral reefs and related ecosystems around the world, as part of its collaboration with the Conservation Finance Alliance for promoting innovative financing for coral reef conservation.

Presented by: David Meyers of the Conservation Finance Alliance

Co-sponsors: OCTO (OpenChannels, The Skimmer, MPA News), the EBM Tools Network (co-coordinated by OCTO and NatureServe), and the Reef Resilience Network



Click here to download a copy of this webinar from OCTO’s Vimeo page

Click here to watch this video on YouTube


Conservation Strategy Fund is Seeking a Lead Economist

Are you an environmental economist looking for your next professional challenge? You're in luck! CSF is seeking a dynamic leader to serve as Lead Economist. This is a unique opportunity to work at the intersection of economic development and nature conservation. The Lead Economist ensures CSF's global work is technically excellent and delivers conservation impact. Read the full position description here.

This position reports directly to the Executive Director and will ideally be based at CSF's headquarters in Washington, DC.

To apply, please send a cover letter and CV/resume to jobs@conservation-strategy.org by August 15th. Those who are accepted to the next round will be notified.

Please feel free to distribute this announcement throughout your personal and professional networks.

Upcoming CFA Webinar: The Climate is Changing - So Should your Conservation Investment Strategies.

As conservation funders, we need to ensure that our financial investments remain durable and sustainable in the long-term given the impact of climate change. As conservation practitioners, we need to ensure our actions are targeted enough to help our conservation targets persist through climate changes. Findings from WCS's new report co-written by scientists and funders for conservation funders, "Managing Risks to Conservation Investments Through Climate Adaptation: A Practical Guide for Funders" reaches both audiences. It is an incredible product of a strong scientist-funder partnership that spells out how to "climate-proof" a portfolio for long-lasting, wise investments. The report also helps practitioners who are already conducting adaptation work articulate the ways in which they are valuable stewards of limited conservation dollars. The findings will no doubt resonate with funders with a conservation mission seeking to make lasting investments.

The Guide for Funders is available for download here.

Join Elizabeth Tully and Dr. Molly Cross to discuss these topics on July 18th. Register by visiting the CFA Website. GoTo Meeting Call in Information is included below.

CFA Webinar: The climate is changing - so should your conservation investment strategies.
Thu, Jul 18, 2019 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM EDT

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Caribbean Biodiversity Fund hiring Administrative Assistant and Finance Officer

The Caribbean Biodiversity Fund (CBF) is recruiting for two new positions to join its Secretariat team. These are full-time positions who will be in charge of the administrative and financial procedures of the organization. The new staff members will report to the CBF CEO and will work closely with other team members responsible for the Conservation Finance and Climate Change Programs.

All applications must be received by July 22nd, 2019 at 11:59PM USEST

Click here for the Terms of Reference.

MedPAN is Launching Call for Small Projects on Sustainable Management of Marine Turtles

MedPAN is launching a Call for Small Projects to support the actions led in Marine Protected Areas (MPA) in the Mediterranean. The Call for Small Projects aims to reinforce MPA management. Please note that the call has specific eligibility rules. You'll find all the details below.

The MedPAN Calls for Small Project is open to:

  • Organisations that are in charge of the management of a Mediterranean MPA,

  • Other organisations (NGOs, private companies, scientific institutions, etc.) working with authorities that are responsible for the management of Mediterranean MPAs.


Thematic Call for Small Projects on Sustainable management of marine turtles

The Call targets the sustainable management of marine turtles by MPAs.

The eligible MPAs have to demonstrate recurrent or occasional presence of marine turtle nesting sites.

The MPA management authorities and the organisations who wish to participate will need to send the Grant Application Form to the MedPAN Secretariat before September 30, 2019.

You will find all the details regarding participation eligibility, the type of projects that are required and the selection process in the Rules document of the thematic Call for Small Projects.

To submit a grant request:

  1. Carefully read the Rules and assess whether your structure and project are eligible.
    Download the Rules of the thematic Call for Small Projects on marine turtles.

  2. Fill in the Grant Application Form.
    Download the Grant Application Form.

  3. Send it with all the necessary documents to projet@medpan.org by September 30, 2019 midnight.

Don't hesitate to contact MedPAN for any question about this Call for Small Projects.

This Call for Small Projects is made possible through the support of the MAVA Foundation.

Call for Proposals: Conservation Trust Fund 10-Year Review & Update of CTF Practice Standards

The Conservation Finance Alliance (CFA) is seeking a consulting team for two linked projects to advance the understanding and effectiveness of Conservation Trust Funds (CTFs): A 10-Year Review of Conservation Trust Funds and an Expansion to the Practice Standards for Conservation Trust Funds. The 10-Year Review will provide all actors with an improved understanding of the scope, effectiveness and impact of CTFs around the world. The Practice Standards project will provide existing and new CTFs with additional evidence-based norms to guide their operations and update the existing Practice Standards. By organizing these two projects under one combined consultancy supported by a CFA Task Force, we will achieve greater efficiency and shared benefits.

Please download the Call for Proposals here. The deadline for submissions is July 24th, 2019.

Please share this Call for Proposals widely with your networks.

Launch of Marine & Coastal Finance Working Group

CFA is excited to announce the official launch of the Marine and Coastal Finance Working Group. We are very pleased to have Marine Finance experts Annabelle Bladon and Melissa Walsh working as Co-Chairs. If you are interested in joining the working group or have questions for our new chairs, please visit the Marine and Coastal Finance WG page on the CFA site.

Photo: Hannes Klostermann

WWF and Partners Secure Long-Term Funding to Protect the Peruvian Amazon

From WWF - The Government of Peru, WWF and partners today announced a commitment of $140 million to expand and effectively manage almost 17 million hectares of protected areas in the Amazon.

The funds will be used to buy wildlife monitoring equipment; develop resilience and mitigation strategies; and increase and strengthen participation by local and indigenous people in the management of protected areas.

The funding supports “Patrimonio Natural del Perú” (National Parks: Peru’s Natural Legacy), a Government of Peru-led cutting-edge initiative to create financial sustainability for the entire national protected areas system of Peru. The initiative will eventually cover 100 percent of Peru’s protected areas network. which is mainly comprised of national parks in the Amazon river basin and marine protected areas in the Andean Coast.

Read the full story on the WWF site and view the Press Release here.

Photo credit: Day’s Edge Productions / WWFUS

Environmental Markets and Finance Summit Oct 29-31, 2019 | Mandarin Oriental Hotel | Washington, D.C.

Join AEMI and Forest Trends for a high-level gathering of public, private, and philanthropic communities in forestry, carbon, ecological restoration, water resources management, and corporate sustainability.

Connect and network with leaders from corporations, local, state and federal agencies, regulators, consultants, providers, and users of offsets, policymakers, nonprofits and universities.

This working summit will advance natural infrastructure and tools that address climate change, including:

  • Leveraging public, private, and philanthropic investments in natural infrastructure for disaster resilience

  • Cross-boundary public and private investments for habitat, climate and water quality

  • Adapting market tools and methodologies for supply chain management of impacts on climate, biodiversity, communities, and water.

  • Market-based mechanisms and strategies

  • Investment strategies with multiple benefits for climate, water, biodiversity, and communities

For further information and to register for the Summit please visit their website.