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Becoming expert in conservation finance begins with a succession of mental steps.

Boot camp can mean the start of a long, uphill financial journey. 

Boot Camp Personal Narrative: My First Time Exploring Conservation Finance

I’m someone who has always seen conservation as the work done by field biologists on restoration properties and in wildlife rehabilitation centers. As I sat through sessions on debt and ratios, I couldn’t help but think to myself “are all these numbers really that important?” It turns out: yes they...
Proctor Creek in Atlanta

How does Atlanta's Proctor Creek connect to national water management and worldwide carbon mitigation? The same way conversations about small projects connect to global biodiversity breakthroughs.  / Shawn Taylor / CC BY 2.0 

Conservation Finance Boot Camp: Sharing and Benefiting From Stories of Shared Benefit

How can professionals who devote their lives to sustaining real places connect in virtual space? Judging from the 2021 Boot Camp, pretty intensely. Digital again for the first time, the 2021 Conservation Finance Boot Camp drew over 120 professionals from at least six time zones to learn proven...
A herd of sheep shows the danger in overfarming- and the impossibility of reducing nature to a single type

Risks and opportunities in natural ecosystems will prove a lot harder to count. 

Striving to Lift Investors' Bids on Nature, A Task Force Follows a Carbon-Tested Path

The understanding has spread that companies face risks and opportunities in nature, just as they do in competitive markets or under certain regulations. In that context, a new group called the Task Force on Nature-related Financial Disclosures (TNFD) aims to broaden and deepen investors' interest in details from companies about...
Oregon's Zumwalt Prairie, courtesy Julius Pasay of the Climate Trust

(Courtesy Julius Pasay of the Climate Trust.) When delicate landscapes like Oregon's Zumwalt Prairie comprise the asset, the off-take partner needs to pass rigorous review. 

Who's Going to Pay? Due Diligence in Conservation Finance Starts With the Offtake Agreement

This op/ed builds off the Enduring Arches: Building Projects for Impact report. Gordian Knot Strategies developed that report in collaboration with the Conservation Finance Network and with the generous support of the Walton Family Foundation. The full report can be accessed here. This op/ed originally ran on ImpactAlpha...
How the arch framework opens to ideas

The idea of a range of project components helps practitioners plan and execute. 

The Enduring Arch Framework: A "FICO Score for Conservation Finance Projects"?

How do you think about what makes investors, conservation professionals and members of the public better off? For the authors of a new report, this question sparked an intellectual inquiry that led to a new language for thinking about what gives a project value. The language builds off the framework...