CFA is excited to announce the return of CFA hosted webinars. These webinars will cover a range of conservation finance topics and will be presented by CFA members. All members are welcome to join in or propose their own webinars to share information or gather input from colleagues. Webinars will typically last 60 minutes and are scheduled at times to maximize participation. Registration will be available on this page or through the announcement email sent out to our membership. After each webinar you may also use this page to view summaries and download recordings of the webinars. If you would like to propose your own webinar please contact our Secretariat.

Conservation Trust Fund Investment Survey Results Webinar

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December 18th: 8am - 9am EDT (New York City)


Katy Mathias, manager of the Conservation Trust Investment Survey (CTIS) Project and co-author, with Ray Victurine, of the CTIS annual report, conducted two webinars for CFA members on December 18 to share results of the CTIS report for Calendar Year 2017. The identical presentations were held 12 hours apart to accommodate a range of time zones. The [webinar audio recording] and [Powerpoint slides], as well as a link to the [2017 report], are available on the CFA website.

The webinar highlighted some key findings from the most recent study. The participants' organizational and endowment nominal investment returns for calendar year 2017 were higher than those from 2016, while sinking fund returns were slightly below 2016. In general, however, CTF returns were lower than might be expected given global investment performance in 2017. This may be attributed to, on average, the CTFs' tendency to under-allocate equity, relative to fixed income and cash. For a recording of the session please see below.

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

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November 28th: 10am - 11am EDT (New York City)


CFA hosted a webinar in partnership with the Nature Trust Alliance (NTA) on November 28th, 2018. The session addressed the origin of the Nature Trust Alliance as well as the current structure, challenges, and benefits. Presenters included 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 enjoyed a rich discussion. For a recording of the session please see below.


*due to technical issues the first seven minutes of the recording are cut off. Please see the powerpoint for further information from the beginning of the session.



Lestari Capital: Presentation of the Sustainable Commodities Compensation Mechanism

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October 24th: 9am - 10am EDT (New York City)


In 2010, the RSPO began to develop a compensation mechanism for companies that have cleared land prior to the conduct of an HCV mechanism. The mechanism sought to close loopholes within the certification system, whilst addressing the need to remediate past actions in a pragmatic and practical way. The RSPO began to implement the resulting and finalised Remediation and Compensation Procedures (RaCPs) in 2016. Since then, RSPO companies have been looking to identify suitable projects to compensate.

The Sustainable Commodities Compensation Mechanism, developed as a joint venture between Daemeter Consulting and Forest Carbon, seeks to utilise the RSPO compensation mechanism to develop a proof of concept for market-based financing of conservation projects. Its aim is to build upon the RaCPs to create a robust system which supports the RSPO in delivering company compliance efficiently, de-risks the compensation mechanism for companies, and transparently delivers conservation outcomes at scale on the ground.

The SCCM, to be officially launched in November 2017, is however designed not only to produce other benefits of compensation financing, but aims to also extend its application across other sectors and other sustainability commitments designed to produce conservation benefits. Our presentation will provide the context of the first focus, the RSPO RaCP, showcase the SCCM model, and provide suggestions for further expansion of scope.

For more information on Lestari Capital please see their website.

A factsheet on Lestari Capital is also available for download.


Michal Zrust is the Southeast Asia Regional Manager at Daemeter Consulting, and the co-Founder and Chief Technical Officer at Lestari Capital. Michal’s background is wildlife conservation, with over 10 years of experience of conservation project management across Asia, Africa, and Latin America. Since 2011, Michal has been involved with the oil palm industry, first as the Global Palm Oil Technical Advisor at The Zoological Society of London, based in Indonesia, and now within Daemeter. His expertise includes management and monitoring of High Conservation Values in oil palm landscapes; supply chain traceability implementation; implementation of no deforestation and other sustainability commitments; certification standard development; and implementation of landscape-level sustainability approaches. At the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO), he maintains technical advisory seats at the Biodiversity and High Conservation Value Working Group, and the Compensation Task Force, and was a member of the RSPO Board of Governors as an NGO representative. He now continues his work at Daemeter, and is focused on the development of Lestari Capital and the Sustainable Commodities Compensation Mechanism.

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          Recording of Audio and Screenshare from Webinar:

            -Part 1

            -Part 2

            -Part 3