What We Do

The Conservation Finance Alliance (CFA) is the leading global professional alliance of conservation finance experts, practitioners, and organizations.  The CFA’s mission it to promote awareness, expertise, and innovation in conservation finance globally.  Conservation finance is defined as the practice of raising and managing capital and using financial and economic incentives to support sustainable biodiversity management.  Conservation finance instruments and solutions seek to leverage and effectively manage economic incentives, policies, and capital to achieve the long-term wellbeing of nature and the services nature provides to society. The CFA considers these solutions to be necessary elements of successful conservation and sustainable management of nature.  Without adequate understanding and effective use of the conservation finance “toolkit”, nature conservation cannot compete with the relentless expansion of unsustainable economic activities.

Our collaborative network of volunteer members participate in CFA's Working Groups (WG), Task Forces (TF), Executive Committee (ExCo) and Secretariat and promote knowledge and the effective use of conservation finance tools in their activities across the planet.

CFA membership is open to individuals and institutions interested in sustainable finance for conservation or in specific themes addressed by the WGs and TFs. Members benefit from rapid access to continuously updated high quality information and from being part of a worldwide network of experts.  Membership is currently free of charge yet we request a certain level of engagement from members.

Once you join the CFA, you may choose to participate in one or more of our four Working Groups: Environmental Funds, Innovation, Protected Areas Financing and Marine and Coastal Finance. These groups promote debates and studies, and are channel for direct exchange among members through the group mailing lists. The Conservation Finance Alliance Working Group on PA Finance currently acts as the Specialist Group on Protected Area Finance for IUCN's World Commission on Protected Areas.

 You may also join one of the CFA Task Forces, which are specific for a single project, study or tool. TFs are smaller groups of voluntary members who wish to actively participate in specific initiatives to ensure high quality standards and ownership.

 CFA members also engage in thematic webinars, presented by experts and chaired by a CFA member. Invitations are sent via e-mail and members connect via Web or telephone. All CFA members are welcome to offer innovative finance solutions as webinars, subject to approval. If you are interested in participating or presenting, please contact the Secretariat.

The Executive Committee is the network’s governing body, composed of five elected volunteers who provide overall guidance to the Executive Director and the Secretariat. They help oversee strategic planning and fundraising. The current Executive Committee members are John Adams, Charles Besancon, Sylvie Goyet, Lorenzo Rosenzweig and Ray Victurine (see Who We Are).

 The CFA Secretariat is led by the Executive Director David Meyers – with support from Katy Mathias and Jeanne Taylor – and is hosted by the Wildlife Conservation Society – WCS. The Secretariat is responsible for the day-to-day operations of the CFA and liaises with the whole CFA membership on a regular basis; coordinates CFA internal procedures and resources; develops CFA communications products, provides logistical support for CFA meetings, webinars and events, and supports the Executive Committee. 

Please see the CFA’s 2019 Strategic Plan for more information.