Oliver Withers, ZSL’s head of conservation finance and Aunnie Patton Power, expert in innovative investing and impact finance talk to John Aglionby about the changing landscape of conservation financing.
As gridlock persists in addressing our nation’s critical infrastructure challenges – America’s roads, bridges and railways – a similar, yet vastly underreported set of challenges exist with our natural infrastructure: namely, the loss of our large privately-owned working forests.
"The Salazar Center for North American Conservation at Colorado State University is seeking proposals for a $100,000 incentive prize, to fund meaningful change in the field of conservation. The Connectivity Challenge is the first prize of its kind. The challenge was announced by CSU President Joyce McConnell during the first Salazar Center International Symposium on Conservation Impact in September 2019 in Denver."
Dairy milk has a place in 94% of American households, yet U.S. dairy is in the fourth year of an economic downturn in which many farmers are struggling to break even. Dairy farmers are finally experiencing some price relief, but ongoing economic pressures are motivating them to become more resilient.
This article is the second of a two-part series focusing on the challenges and opportunities of incorporating conservation finance into traditional investment portfolios. CFN spoke to investment advisors about strategies for overcoming major barriers. Increased interest in impact opens opportunities for greater incorporation of conservation finance into traditional investment portfolios across a variety of scales, from small retail to large institutional.
At a time of rising climate activism, The Conservation Fund (TCF) — partnering with Goldman Sachs — tapped the capital markets with an inaugural debt issuance to scale its mission: to protect 1 million acres of America’s privately held working forests. We sat down with TCF’s CEO and CFO Larry Selzer and John Gilbert, respectively, and Goldman Sachs’ Kyung-Ah Park and Ritu Kalra to talk about the conservation sector’s evolving approach to sustainable growth and the role of capital markets.
The Kinship Conservation Fellows program is a month-long, in-residence fellowship focused on market-based conservation. Delivered by a faculty of global experts, the leadership training program takes a case-study approach where participants evaluate market-driven conservation practices through interactive discussions, systems-thinking exercises and peer-learning sessions. Applications for the 2020 cohort, held June 28 to July 29, 2020 in Bellingham, Washington, open November 1.
A new paper, Sandboxing Nature, suggests taking an approach called a “regulatory sandbox” — a flexible testing ground for new innovations — and applying that to conservation, for faster conservation and restoration outcomes.
This two-part article series explores the challenges of and opportunities for incorporating conservation finance into traditional investment portfolios. In Part 1, various current and former investment advisors with deep knowledge of impact finance discuss the challenges of integrating conservation investments into traditional investment portfolios.
In September, The Conservation Fund announced the closing of its $150 million green bond. The environmental nonprofit offered the 10-year notes in order to expand its Working Forest Fund. CFN spoke to Conservation Fund CEO Larry Selzer about how the organization will use bond funds, the experience of offering a bond as a nonprofit, and the significance of the project for the conservation finance field.