Webinar

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

File(s):

coralreef_tourism_finance_july_17.pdf

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

Click here to watch this video on YouTube

Photo Credit: FABRICE DUDENHOFER / CORAL REEF IMAGE BANK

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

Presented by: David Meyers of the Conservation Finance Alliance


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.

Co-sponsors: OCTO (OpenChannels, The Skimmer, MPA News), the EBM Tools Network (co-coordinated by OCTO and NatureServe), and the Reef Resilience NetworkConservation Finance Alliance
 This webinar will be offered at two different times:·      

Viewing 1: Wednesday, July 17, Noon US EDT/9 am US PDT/4 pm UTC·      

Viewing 2: Wednesday, July 17, 9 pm US EDT/6 pm US PDT (Thursday, July 18, 9 am Australian WST/11 am Australian EST/1 am UTC)

Register:

·       Viewing 1: https://zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_jNI0kihxTYuh6Je3MGFalg

·       Viewing 2: https://zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_5Wf9DQjtToCWS-SCe_PbIg

Photo Credit: Warren Baverstock

Upcoming CFA Webinar: Financing Ocean Conservation via Debt Conversions

On May 24th at 10am EDT, CFA will be hosting a webinar with Robert Weary of TNC’s NatureVest to discuss an ambitious $40 million initiative to promote ocean conservation as recently announced by The Nature Conservancy. The initiative is based on delivering debt conversions to up to 20 countries over the next five years. The plan, which was selected from more than 1,500 Audacious Project applicants, has already secured more than $23 million in funding from various donors out of the $40 million TNC ultimately requires to unlock $1.6 billion toward marine conservation.
 
Please join the CFA and Robert Weary on May 24th at 10am EDT to discuss this exciting initiative. Robert will present the overall plan and its aims, and will answer questions regarding this project.  Please circulate this announcement to relevant colleagues in your networks.

Please Register for the Webinar on the CFA Website. 

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.

Recap of Webinar with Caribbean-Pacific Alliance

On February 6, 2019, Zdenka Piskulich, Marcello Hernandez and María José Gonzalez presented a CFA webinar on the Caribbean-Pacific Alliance and Blue Challenge.

The Caribbean-Pacific Alliance is a unique collaborative platform to address shared marine and coastal conservation issues in the Tropical Eastern Pacific and Caribbean oceans. The Alliance is composed of PACÍFICO (a platform of four Conservation Trust Funds in the Tropical Eastern Pacific), the Mesoamerican Reef (MAR) Fund, and the Caribbean Biodiversity Fund. Together, they encompass two oceans, 16 countries, 4 million km2 and 5 World Heritage Sites, and through the Alliance, they have a structure to facilitate knowledge sharing and collaboration. One of the Caribbean-Pacific Alliance's first initiatives is Blue Challenge, an incubator to build the pipeline of investable projects in the conservation space through technical assistance. 

A recording of the webinar, and the Powerpoint presentation, are available on the Webinars page.

A second webinar in Spanish on the same content will be held in the coming weeks.

Upcoming CFA Webinar: Caribbean-Pacific Alliance

The webinar will take place February 6th at 11am EST.

Three regional environmental funds, with a focus on marine conservation, have established the Caribbean-Pacific Alliance: Caribbean Biodiversity Fund, PACIFICO and the MAR Fund. Together, they encompass two oceans, 16 countries, 4 million km2 and 5 World Heritage Sites. Join them on February 6, 2019, as they share advances in their knowledge exchange, mobilization of resources and their soon-to-be-launched Blue Challenge Initiative. Please forward this webinar info to your colleagues.

 

Banner image: Pue Coral Gardens, Cook Islands

Credit: The Ocean Agency / XL Catlin Seaview Survey / Coral Reef Image Ban

Upcoming Webinar – The Nature Trust Alliance: Collaboration and shared services for Conservation Trust Funds

CFA is pleased to host a webinar in partnership with the Nature Trust Alliance (NTA) on November 30th, 2018. The session will address the origin of the Nature Trust Alliance as well as the current structure, challenges, and benefits.  Presenters will include NTA Director Alba Carreras and Geof Giacomini - Executive Director of Caucases Nature Fund (CNF). 
 
The Nature Trust Alliance (NTA) is a unique collaboration between three conservation trust funds: the Caucasus Nature Fund, Prespa Ohrid Nature Trust (PONT) and the newly established Blue Action Fund. The NTA was established in 2016 in Frankfurt am Main, Germany, and provides operational support services (financial management, investment management, administration, communications, reporting, etc.) to these three funds, so the funds can focus on their core missions of employing innovative and sustainable financing mechanisms for nature conservation.

Pooled models for Conservation Trust Funds have been a long-term topic of discussion – the CFA conducted an analysis of the issue in 2014. The NTA is a unique implementation of a pooling approach and may serve as an example to other CTFs. We look forward to a rich discussion.
 
To learn more about NTA please join us for the webinar on November 30th, 2018 from 10-11am EDT.
 
An RSVP is required. GoTo Meeting call-in information will be sent out prior to the session.

SCCM Webinar Uploaded to Website

Thank you to those of you who joined us for our first webinar with Lestari Capital on the 24th. It was an informative and exciting session, and we look forward to hosting more webinars in the future. 

For those of you who were unable to attend, we have uploaded a recording of the webinar, with both audio and video of the presentation, to the website. We have also included a download of the slides so feel free to visit the website and check out what we learned about the SCCM.