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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.

Agenda:

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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IUCN - Incubator for Nature Conservation (INC) Consultancy/Internship in Conservation Finance - Peru

The International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) is seeking candidates for a paid conservation finance internship with CIMA, a Peruvian NGO (http://www.cima.org.pe/en).  The finance specialist will work from the CIMA office in Lima, Peru, and help to develop an internal business development, capitalization, and financial management plan, with a specific focus on building long term financial capacity for the management of the Cordillera Azul National Park (http://www.cima.org.pe/en/cordillera-azul-national-park). The finance specialist will also visit the CIMA field headquarters near the park, and receive backstopping and technical support provided by a U.S. based specialist working with the IUCN Conservation Finance Incubator (INC) (https://www.iucn.org/theme/environmental-law/our-work/protected-areas-pa/incubator-nature-conservation). The finance specialist will work directly with the CIMA team for a period of six months starting in Feburary 2019, with a fixed stipend of U.S. $12,000 paid for all services provided. A detailed Terms of Reference with requirements and formal application procedures for this work can be obtained by sending a concise note to jtolisano@gmail.com. Applications for this position must be delivered to Justine.Brossard@iucn.org, with a closing date of January 25, 2019. An ability to read, write, and converse confidently in Spanish will be essential.

IUCN - Incubator for Nature Conservation (INC) Consultancy/Internship

The International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) is seeking candidates with interest in financing nature conservation for a paid internship with CIMA, a Peruvian NGO (http://www.cima.org.pe/en).  The specialist will work from the CIMA office in Lima, Peru, and help to develop an internal business development, capitalization, and financial management plan, with a specific focus on building long term financial capacity for the management of the Cordillera Azul National Park. The specialist will also visit the CIMA field headquarters near the park, and receive backstopping and technical support provided by a U.S. based specialist working with the IUCN Conservation Finance Incubator (INC). The specialist will work directly with the CIMA team for a period of six months starting in January 2019, with the contract potentially renewable for another six months, with a fixed stipend of U.S.$12,000 for each 6-month period. An ability to read, write, and converse confidently in Spanish will be essential. A detailed Terms of Reference with requirements and formal application procedures for this work can be obtained by sending a concise note to jtolisano@gmail.com. Applications for this position must be delivered to Justine.Brossard@iucn.org, with a closing date of November 23, 2018.

New IUCN Report Helps Choose the Right Tools to Assess How Key Natural Areas Benefit People

IUCN has just issued new guidance to help practitioners assess ecosystem services within important sites for biodiversity and nature conservation. The report reviews nine assessment tools, focussing on their application in Key Biodiversity Areas, natural World Heritage sites and protected areas. It includes a set of “decision trees” to save time on the complex process of selecting the most appropriate tool for one’s specific needs.

The report, "Tools for measuring, modelling, and valuing ecosystem services: Guidance for Key Biodiversity Areas, natural World Heritage sites, and protected areas", is part of the IUCN World Commission on Protected Areas’ Best Practice Guidelines series. READ MORE

The guidelines have been prepared by IUCN’s World Heritage Programme and the IUCN-WCPANatural Solutions Specialist Group, and the Ecosystem Services and Key Biodiversity Areas expert working group supported by Science for Nature and People Partnership (SNAPP), with funding and in-kind contributions provided by the German Federal Agency for Nature Conservation (BfN), Canadian Council on Ecological Areas (CCEA), Center for Biodiversity Outcomes at Arizona State University, Conservation International, SNAPP, and Wildlife Conservation Society.

Publication - Financing Marine and Coastal Biodiversity Management

Blue Solutions is a global BMU-IKI project implemented jointly by GIZ, GRID-Arendal, IUCN and UN Environment. Over the past years, the Blue Solutions project has collated many success stories (solutions) of sustainable marine and coastal management, all of which are published on the PANORAMA platform. The new booklet is one in a series of “Solution-in-Focus” booklets looking at solution case studies of a specific topic in more detail. This version summarizes 18 different examples and approaches of financing marine and coastal management sustainably from all around the world – from a regional trust fund to small enterprises. We encourage you to browse through the variety of cases and hope you will be inspired to consider some of these approaches in your own work.
 
Find the PDF here.
 
Contact: Janina Korting
 

IUCN Incubator for Nature Conservation

The IUCN has worked to set up an incubator for nature conservation to provide technical expertise, guidance, advice and resources to protected areas seeking to improve their business model and achieve financial sustainability. More information can be found on the flyer below as well as on their website. If you have any questions or would be interested in contributing as a partner, please send an email to financeincubator@iucn.org.

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