Jeffrey Conti

Master of Environmental Management, School of Forestry & Environmental Studies, 2019

Jeff is a first-year Master of Environmental Management Candidate at the Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies. He has spent the past few years living in Montana and Nevada, serving on conservation corps through AmeriCorps. His time out west inspired his passion for public-lands preservation and access. Jeff is interested in corporate responsibility, philanthropy and the environment – specifically, in understanding how the public and private sectors can work together to fund vital conservation efforts. Jeff writes for Conservation Finance Network through CBEY and also works on land easement projects through the UCross High Plains Stewardship Initiative.

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Minneapolis

Intermediaries Are a Missing Ingredient in Conservation Finance

Financial intermediaries can make new markets come alive, according to a key discussion from CFN's 6th Conservation Finance Practitioner Roundtable. From April 25-26, conservation, agribusiness, and impact investing experts gathered at the McKnight Foundation offices in Minneapolis, to share how they are building financing for conservation practices into mainstream agricultural systems.
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How to Get an Impact Investor's Attention

Conservation managers and entrepreneurs who are looking to make their projects stand out as investment opportunities should be sure to supply the information that investors want. Impact investing experts interviewed by Conservation Finance Network expressed a surprising lack of interest in most impact metrics and measurements aside from carbon sequestration. They instead indicated that they prioritize honest assessments of risk. They also value an understanding of how an investment opportunity can fit into a larger portfolio.

Impact Investors Discuss How They View Conservation Investments

There is a growing gap between available impact capital and conservation investments. This has become a major focal point for investment professionals in the field. One reason for this trend may be that conservation investments are not meeting investor expectations due to a lack of quality opportunities.
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Blueprints for Conservation Investment Can Expand the Market

Forward-thinking nonprofits and environmentally driven investors are increasingly using blueprint reports to help develop conservation finance markets. Blueprints are in-depth proposals designed to provide investors and stakeholders with creative ways to source cash flows and investment opportunities within key conservation areas.