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Investment Advisors Weigh In on Barriers to Conservation in Portfolios

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.
Larry Selzer

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Interview: The Conservation Fund’s Green Bond for American Forests

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.
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Rise of Controversial Transition Bonds Leads to Call for Industry Standards

When Marfrig floated the idea of doing its first-ever green bond earlier this year, the company’s bankers knew the deal would be a difficult sell. But the bankers had an idea. Why not re-label the transaction? Instead of calling it a green bond, which would mean having to comply with industry-wide standards and risk drawing the ire of the ESG community, bankers suggested rebranding the trade as a “sustainable transition bond,” a made-up term that they thought would reflect Marfrig’s efforts to clean up its supply chain.
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This Environmental Nonprofit Just Started a Venture Fund to Put $200 Million Into Conservation Businesses

Komaza, a “microforestry” startup in Kenya that pays farmers to raise tiny plots of trees for wood, isn’t the type of business that can easily get traditional investment. But the nonprofit Conservation International saw it as a perfect fit for its new investment fund, which will provide $200 million in funding over the next decade to businesses that are designed to help protect natural areas by changing local economies.
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The Conservation Fund Announces Commencement of Green Bond Offering

The Conservation Fund (TCF) announced today that it is commencing an offering of taxable Green Bonds of approximately $100 to $150 million. The Bonds will be issued by TCF and Sustainable Conservation, Inc., a wholly-owned subsidiary as co-issuer. Proceeds from the offering will be used primarily to increase the scale of its "Working Forest Fund" conservation initiative, dedicated to mitigating climate change, strengthening rural economies and protecting natural ecosystems by the permanent conservation of at-risk forest landscapes.
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Radpay and Generation Blue Partner to Build an Earth Positive Payment Network Which Protects and Regenerates Keystone Ecosystems with Every Transaction

“Generation Blue’s vision of a regenerative economy aligns ideally with a core use for Radpay’s patent-pending payment token,” said Radpay’s co-founder and CEO, Dana Love, PhD. “Our novel method for tokenized rewards empowers anyone to invest in the protection of vital ecosystems through funding Natural Capital projects such as the Thor Heyerdahl Climate Park mangrove restoration project in Myanmar.”