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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...
This reflects the ecosystems that can gain clarity- and investors- in Maryland

(Courtesy the Conservation Fund) From idea to impetus to investment, Maryland's bill aims for impact. 

Maryland’s Comprehensive Conservation Finance Act: A Blueprint for Regulatory Infrastructure

A law is emerging from a structured set of discussions among participants in current Chesapeake Bay conservation program. It represents a series of levers to squeeze clarity and value out of current regulation, redefining blue infrastructure and creating space for profitable trading in carbon. The law, with support from one-half...
You can also read a river as a bundle of food, filtration, resilience and job creation.

Asset managers have rapidly affirmed biodiversity's value to capitalism. Is there froth ahead? 

Reaching for the Canopy: Two Partnerships Grow Institutional Interest in Natural Capital

Two recent investment projects are raising significant money to try to show that taking natural capital investment to the next level is not only possible, but potentially a key piece for future institutional asset managers to include in a balanced portfolio. No matter how you slice it, to get a...
Taos Land Trust budgets listening time and consideration into all its projects.

The Taos Land Trust's Youth Conservation Corps poses before working to revive an acequela, tackle invasive species, restore wetlands and sustainably grow food. Attention to community needs and priorities drives this workplan. (Courtesy the Taos Land Trust.)

Leveraging Conservation Finance to Advance Equity & Justice, Part Two: Methods

Traditionally, the conservation movement has fought to protect land, air and water, but it has not served all communities equally. Recognizing the interconnections between injustice done to the most vulnerable communities and the environment clarifies how access to a healthy environment relates to public health, food security, community vitality, education...
Digging deeper than before

A tree-planting project fits the civic focus of the Western Reserve Land Conservancy. (Photo courtesy WRLC.)

Leveraging Conservation Finance to Advance Equity and Justice, Part One: New Goals

While more public funding sources have emerged recently for conservation finance, particularly around working farms, landowners with means and motivation remain a staple of the private conservation process. These landowners are largely white, and their properties most often located in rural and suburban areas. The distribution of conserved land and...

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