Upcoming CFA Webinar - Blue Oceans Partners: harnessing the power of innovation to restore the health of our ocean October 16th, 12pm EDT

Addressing ocean challenges with traditional solutions, many of them infrastructure-based, requires trillions of dollars that seem overwhelmingly difficult to mobilize. One complementary approach is to support innovations that can change the rules of the game, transforming the very ways we produce, consume and distribute. Such innovations have the potential to deliver competitive market returns to investors. They can therefore mobilize large amounts of private capital to scale and address the crisis rapidly.

Christian Lim, co-founder of Blue Oceans Partners, will present examples of such innovations, ready to scale now, explaining how they can achieve system level impact for the ocean. Examples will include alternative feeds for aquaculture, sustainable aquaculture technologies, solutions to ghost nets, solutions to plastic microfiber pollution, technologies that enhance the efficiency of Marine Protected Areas, and innovations that enable the transition to a circular plastics economy. Christian will discuss Ocean One, the fund Blue Oceans Partners has launched to invest in innovations that help solve the challenges of overfishing and plastic pollution.

Upcoming Webinar: Financing Coral Reef Conservation and Management: Conservation Trust Funds and Impact Investing

Presented by: David Meyers of the Conservation Finance Alliance and Nicolas Pascal of Blue finance
This webinar will be offered at two different times:

Description: Coral reefs provide enormous economic value to humanity and are gaining increasing attention from donors, philanthropists, and governments. This webinar will explore the use of Conservation Trust Funds and Impact Investing to support coral reef conservation. Conservation Trust Funds (CTFs) are private, legally independent institutions that provide sustainable financing for biodiversity conservation. Impact Investing is investing in companies, organizations, and funds with the intention of generating measurable social and environmental impact alongside a financial return. Specifically, the webinar will discuss how protected area, national, and regional CTFs can raise, manage, and invest financing for coral reef conservation and restoration. The webinar will also review how impact investing can be used to manage coral reef areas through public private partnerships. 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.
Co-sponsors: OCTO (OpenChannels, The Skimmer, MPA News, EBM Tools Network) and the Reef Resilience Network

Photo by: Catlin Seaview Survey

New Article: Valuing Natural Coastline Infrastructure

An article written for The Economist Group World Ocean Initiative by guest author Mark Gough, executive director of the Natural Capital Coalition. The piece reflects on the International Day for the Conservation of the Mangrove Ecosystem, showing Mark’s views and presenting valuable and interesting information. The full article is available on the Economist Group website.

What We're Reading: Investing in Impact on the Ground - eco.business Fund Impact Report 2018

From eco. Business Fund:

“Read the eco.business Fund’s first Impact Report, “Investing in Impact on the Ground.” It provides an in-depth look into the progress the eco.business Fund has made since inception and presents the fund’s approach to making a real difference for people and the planet. In this report you will learn more about what impact the eco.business Fund creates: how the fund promotes change in financial institutions’ practices; how it supports its end borrowers in integrating sustainable practices into their production processes, and how the fund facilitates an enabling environment for a greener economy.

Read the full Impact Report.”

What We're Reading: Behavior Change For Nature: A Behavioral Science Toolkit for Practitioners

From Behavioral Insights Team:

“We are fortunate to live in a world filled with both an abundance and diversity of life. Yet the growing scale and impact of human behaviour pose a grave risk to the natural world in irreversible ways. Deforestation, overfishing, ocean plastics, biodiversity loss, and climate change are increasingly threatening the livelihoods, health, and well-being of people as well as the species and places we know and love.

Past and current efforts in facing these challenges have tended to rely on a standard toolbox that enacts regulations, provides financial incentives or disincentives, and raises awareness about the dire consequences of our actions. These tools have merit – and are sometimes the most effective approaches we have. But oftentimes enforcement is difficult or ineffectual, payments for conservation outcomes can backfire, and information or education efforts come up against our biases, denial and wishful thinking. Behavioural science can provide a far more realistic understanding of what works, in the real world.

In this report, co-written by the Behavioural Insights Team and the conservation charity Rare, we expand the conventional toolkit and argue for a greater focus on how our cognitive biases, emotions, social networks, and decision-making environments all impact our behaviours and choices. We provide 15 concrete tools for conservation and sustainability practitioners, and the methodologies for putting them into practice, to achieve (and evaluate) real change.”

Download the full report here.

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.