Recap from CBD COP 14 - "Finance as the Foundation for the post-2020 New Global Deal for Biodiversity"

Finance leaders gathered in November in Egypt to debate the past, present and future of financing conservation during a parallel event of the High Level Segment of the CBD COP 14. The event brought together a diverse range of leaders who are forging a new path for a post-2020 framework for biodiversity conservation – dubbed ‘the New Deal for Nature’. Read the full story from BIOFIN here.

New Case Study from Tropical Landscapes Finance Facility

The Tropical Landscapes Finance Facility (TLFF) finances local projects and companies in Indonesia focused on green growth and sustainable rural livelihoods. Convergence awarded Design Funding to ADM Capital to build TLFF's initial finance structure and pipeline.

In 2018, TLFF completed its inaugural transaction, which is also Asia's first corporate sustainability bond: a landmark $95 million long-dated sustainability bond to finance sustainable natural rubber production in Indonesia. This case study focuses on its inception and design.

The full Case Study is available here.

Requests for Proposals from M2PA

The Association for the Sustainable Financing of Mediterranean Marine Protected Areas (M2PA), is issuing a Request for Proposals (RFP) to design a Mediterranean Conservation Trust Fund and to develop operational guidelines.

Please click here to see the RFP and Terms of reference with all the necessary information for interested Offerors. 

Deadline for submission : March 24th 2019.

Join the CFA as an Institutional Member

The CFA was created by leading organizations in conservation finance in 2002 and these institutions form the backbone of conservation finance expertise globally. Joining the CFA as an institutional member connects your organization’s key finance practitioners to the CFA’s global network and recognizes your organization's participation in the Alliance by providing a logo and link to your organization on the CFA website.

To join as an institutional member your organization should:

  • Support the philosophy and Mission of the CFA.

  • Provide your Logo solely for purposes of displaying your membership in the Alliance on the CFA websites and presentations.

  • Commit to participation in the CFA Working Groups or Task Forces.

  • Share pertinent updates and information about your organization’s conservation finance activities.

To become a CFA Institutional Member, please fill out the form on the CFA Website. Applications for Institutional Membership are processed by the Secretariat.

CFA at the World Ocean Summit

The CFA and WCS, through generous support from Bloomberg Philanthropies, Vulcan Inc. and the Pacific Ocean Finance Program, are collaborating with The Economist for the upcoming World Ocean Summit panel entitled: Masterclass 2—Mobilising Capital: Engaging Investors in Coral Reef Finance. David Meyers CFA Executive Director and Melissa Walsh - CFA Member - will be panelists in this session.  The World Ocean Summit will be held March 5-7 in Abu Dhabi.  Click here to register.  Please notify the CFA Secretariat if you will be coming so we can arrange for a meeting or dinner.

POFP Request for Expressions of Interest: Improving Large-Scale Marine Protected Area Finance

The Pacific Ocean Finance Program is supporting the analysis and development of several ocean finance mechanisms including a Pacific Ocean Bond, Pacific Ocean Insurance, and a Replicable Community Managed Marine Area Finance Mechanism. This terms of reference (TOR) supports the analysis and development of finance for large-scale marine protected areas (LSMPA).

Expression of interest and supporting qualification documents must be delivered to the address below (in person, or by mail, or by fax or by e-mail) on or before 4pm Solomon Islands time on 11 February 2019. Procurement questions may also be addressed to this contact.

For full background and details on the consultancy please download the full ToR here.

Request for Expressions of Interest: Coordination of the 2019 Pacific Ocean Finance Conference

The Pacific Ocean Finance Program aims to host a Pacific Ocean Finance Conference in 2019 to support knowledge exchange and capacity building for Pacific ocean finance and governance. The conference will enable all of the various components of the program to be leveraged together to maximise beneficial outcomes and lessons learned. The conference will be held in a regional city (Suva or Nadi, Fiji, to be determined) in November 2019. It is anticipated that the conference will have approximately 80 participants. The POFP is seeking expressions of interest (EOI) to coordinate the conference.

Expression of interest and supporting qualification documents must be delivered to the address below (in person, or by mail, or by fax or by e-mail) on or before 4pm Solomon Islands time on 11 February 2019. Procurement questions may also be addressed to this contact.

Download the full, detailed PDF of the opportunity here.

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

Santa Cruz de la Sierra receives specialists from more than 25 countries for event on Conservation Finance

From October 29 to November 1, RedLAC - the Environmental Funds Network of Latin America and the Caribbean - held its 20th Annual Assembly, for the second time in Bolivia. This year's event, had two hosts: The Foundation for the Development of the National System of Protected Areas (FUNDESNAP) and the Foundation for the Conservation of the Chiquitano Forest (FCBC).

RedLAC is a knowledge and cooperation platform that currently brings together 22 Funds from 18 countries in the region. Its Assemblies are characterized by bringing together not only the members, but also international cooperation agencies (Development Bank of Latin America-CAF, Fonds Francais pour l'Environnement Mondial-FFEM, the Danish-DANIDA cooperation), the main international NGOs (including WWFWCS and Conservation Finance Alliance-CFA) and conservation and finance experts. By bringing these participants together, the RedLAC Assemblies have become the most important forum on conservation finance issues in the region.

This year's Assembly focused on issues related to CREATIVITY AND INNOVATION FOR CONSERVATION AND SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT, as a key issue, but also presented solutions and challenges that affect all types of ecosystems and the financial needs for conservation and conservation. sustainable development.

For the first time, the Assembly was held in Bolivia. The organization of the event wanted to use this opportunity to highlight the environmental importance of INNOVATION and CREATIVITY and talk about the threats that affect them.

In addition to FUNDESNAP and FCBC, which were co-hosts, other Bolivian organizations participated in both the agenda and participants of the event, including Agrotec, the National Service of Protected Areas (SERNAP) and the NGO Fundación Simón I. Patiño.

E-Course - Introduction to Global Environmental Facility (GEF)

This e-course is offered by the Global Environment Facility (GEF). It provides an overview of the GEF, a unique international organization that is dedicated to safeguarding the global environment. By completing this e-course, you will gain knowledge of the GEF’s mission, history and institutional structure. You will understand the organizing principles and areas of work in the 7th GEF replenishment period (GEF-7). You will also learn about key cross cutting issues; the basics of GEF funding and its operational policies, as well as the results framework for GEF-7. It is a joint production by the GEF Secretariat’s Knowledge & Learning Team and the Open Learning Campus (OLC) of the World Bank Group and is hosted by the OLC. This e-course is also a part of the GEF Academy curriculum that is available on the GEF website.

Target Audience: GEF partners and stakeholders who work on GEF relevant project development and implementation – decision makers, managers and staff working on global environmental issues.  

Register Here

This course is free. For more information, please contact Yasemin E.K. Biro at