BIOFIN Webinar - Privately Protected Areas: A finance solution for private sector engagement in conservation

This April 23rd, at 9:00am EST, BIOFIN will host a webinar discussing Privately Protected Areas as a solution for private sector engagement in conservation. Through attendance in this webinar, participants will be able to understand what a PPA is, how it leverages private sector investment into biodiversity conservation, in which contexts it can be implemented, and how to build a successful model of PPA.

A full description of the webinar is available here, and for registration please click the button below.

Call for Webinar Topics

Over the next few months we are aiming to host several webinar sessions presented by CFA members. If you have an idea you would like to present or a topic that you would like to see presented and discussed, please email our secretariat

The webinars can cover a range of conservation finance topics. For an idea of what a CFA webinar session will look like, please check out the webinars page on the website for a description and recordings of our last session with Lestari Capital.

BIOFIN Webinar - Private Lands Conservation Series, Part 1: Conservation easements, the USA case

Mon, Dec 4, 2017 - 9:00am EDT

BIOFIN is launching a series of webinars on private lands conservation that will feature examples such as conservation easements, customary and collective property conservation, and Private Protected Areas (PPAs). This first session will focus on conservation easements in the US. Conservation easements are legally binding agreements between private landowners and non-profit land trusts or government to protect conservation values of a property. The webinar speaker, Andrew Seidl, is a co-author of the study and a professor in the Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics at CSU as well as a Senior Technical Advisor for BIOFIN.

The Webinar will focus on the main lessons learnt from the mechanism's evolution and implementation in the US. The strengths, weaknesses and risks will be presented as well as relevant examples of implementation and the return on investment of such mechanism for the region of Colorado. 

Further information on the webinar is available here, and the link to register is here.

Webinar: An Introduction to Business Planning for Protected Areas

The NOAA National MPA Center, the EBM Tools Network co-coordinated by NatureServe and OCTO, and MPA News are pleased to announce that they will host a webinar on: An Introduction to Business Planning for Protected Areas with Andrew Rylance, Technical Advisor to the GOS-United Nations Development Programme - Global Environment Facility. 

Presenter: Andrew Rylance is the Technical Advisor to the Government of Seychelles-United Nations Development Programme-Global Environment Facility (GOS-UNDP-GEF) Protected Area Financing Project (2016-2021). 

Description: A workshop on business planning was recently held to support the financial future of protected areas in Seychelles. Outputs developed under this project have global application. This presentation will outline the importance of business planning for protected areas and how business plans can be used as tools to leverage financial support for conservation management. The presentation will also provide an introduction to the components of business plans and a database of protected area business plans where users can access over 45 examples of protected area business plans and guidelines. 


The presentation will be on Thursday Nov. 9, at 1 pm US EST/10 am US PST/6 pm UTC. 

Register at:  https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/5824376261725463298

Upcoming SCCM Webinar

CFA webinars return October 24th with a presentation on the Sustainable Commodities Compensation Mechanism by Lestari Capital. CFA member Michal Zrust will be presenting with an introduction by Sylvie Goyet, a member of our Executive Committee. The webinar will take place October 24th at 9am EDT (New York City).

For those of you who are planning to attend, more information on the webinar as well as the GoTo meeting information can be found on the website.

We look forward to hearing your thoughts on the SCCM and are excited to once again be hosting webinars!

Webinar Series: Natural Capital and Ecosystem Services in Research, Policy, and Practice

Thinking in terms of ecosystem services and natural capital explicitly acknowledges our dependence on nature, and therefore the need to better protect and manage natural resources. For this reason these concepts have been adopted by policy, but the use of the concepts in practice is still in its infancy. Working across 27 organisations over a five year period, the OPERAs project has explored how and under what conditions these concepts can move beyond the academic domain towards practical implementation in support of sustainable ecosystem management.

A series of webinars are scheduled to take place focusing on 6 aspects the OPERAs project explored. Each webinar will highlight the flow between knowledge, tools and practice through case material from the OPERAs exemplars and different tools. There will also be an opportunity to ask the OPERAs experts questions at the end of each webinar and the debate will continue on Oppla.

Further information on OPERAs as well as the individual webinars can be found on their website as well as on this flyer. While the first webinar in the series was held this last week, there are five more sessions to be held over the next month. To register please fill out the form here.

OXFAM Webinar: Learning from Extractive Industry Negotiations with Indigenous Peoples

OXFAM, Conservation International, and Rainforest Foundation invite you to attend a panel discussion with Ciaran O’Faircheallaigh.

The webinar is titled: Let’s Make a Deal? Learning from Extractive Industry Negotiations with Indigenous Peoples. The webinar will take place at Oxfam America on Tuesday, July 18, from 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm. (Oxfam America Office, 1101 17th St NW, Suite 1300, Washington, DC 20036.)

Professor O’Faircheallaigh has over two decades of experience working with indigenous peoples on agreement making, and will share key findings from his analysis of 45 negotiations between indigenous peoples and mining companies in Australia and Canada. Discussants will comment on their varied experiences with negotiation processes around extractive industry projects and will consider the potential for drawing on best practice from industrialized countries for application to developing countries.


  • Anne Marie Sam, First Nations Women Advocating Responsible Mining, Canada
  • Vichet Mong, Highlanders Association, Cambodia
  • Prabindra Shakya, Asia Indigenous Peoples Pact
  • Ximena Warnaars, Ford Foundation, USA (moderator)

You can RSVP here for the Oxfam presentation in-person or livestream. For more information, please contact Kate Stanley at OXFAM. The event will be available via livestream here.

Webinar by the ILCN

This coming Wednesday, March 22nd, the International Land Conservation Network (ILCN) will be hosting a webinar on what the Paris Climate Agreement means for land conservation organizations. 

The Paris Climate Agreement marked a historic moment in our collective fight against climate change. Since that time, and, particularly, at the recent COP in Marrakesh, countries have been working to frame their climate change pledges.

Considering these developments, how can land conservation organizations help their countries to meet their climate goals? Will the Paris Agreement lead to new funding sources? How should an organization start thinking about integrating carbon accounting into their projects? 

Join the ILCN and carbon finance experts on Wednesday, March 22, 2017 at 11:00 am EST for a crash course on how land conservation organizations can engage in climate change adaption and mitigation within the framework of the Paris Climate Agreement. 

For further information on who will be involved and what topics will be covered, please take a look at the invitation. If you know you would like to attend you may also register here.