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Building the Social Pillar of Sustainability

Twenty years ago, when the 1992 Earth Summit was held in Brazil, social networking, smartphones, the Internet and email were hardly as ubiquitous as they are today.
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In Economic Crisis, Conservation Funding More Important Than Ever

In Economic Crisis, Conservation Funding More Important Than Ever | Financing Nature Conservation | Scoop.it
Two years ago in Nagoya, Japan, 193 countries meeting for the U.N. Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) agreed on 20 targets to reduce global pressures on our natural world.
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Involving the Tourism Sector in Biodiversity Conservation Planning | Lorton Consulting

Involving the Tourism Sector in Biodiversity Conservation Planning | Lorton Consulting | Financing Nature Conservation | Scoop.it
Sustainable tourism has the capability of being a feasible tool for biodiversity conservation by providing economic alternatives for communities to engage in other than destructive livelihood activities, creating new revenue streams to support conservation through user fee systems and other mechanisms, and building constituencies that support conservation priorities by exposing tourists, communities, and governments to the value of protecting unique natural ecosystems...
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Jamaicans set to put an economic value on a threatened mangrove site

Jamaicans set to put an economic value on a threatened mangrove site | Financing Nature Conservation | Scoop.it
The Windsor Research Centre (WRC) is implementing a project to engage the people of Jamaica in the conservation and protection of the Coral Spring-Mountain Spring Protected Area (CPMSPA) and its mangrove habitat.
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Mitigation banking growing in West Virginia

Mitigation banking growing in West Virginia | Financing Nature Conservation | Scoop.it

An interesting prspective of the challenges biodiversity offsets face in America. Competition is not only between banks, but also between banks and other forms of mitigation.


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Heroes of Go Zero: The North Face

Heroes of Go Zero: The North Face | Financing Nature Conservation | Scoop.it

An interesting business approach to nature conservation.  The Go Zero project works like this: when asked to conserve high priority lands for one of their partners such as the National Park Service or a state wildlife agency, they use their Revolving Fund to acquire the land and hold it until the public agency can buy it back from us. Upon repayment, they return the money to the fund and it is ready for the next land conservation project. Dollar for dollar, their Revolving Fund has protected more land than any other land conservation vehicle. Click on link to main website for more info.

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Mercedes-Benz USA And The Conservation Fund Announce Latest

In a classic red barn in upstate New York, near the banks of the Hudson River, Jason Roskey makes the kind of furniture you remember. With a creative hand and environmental conscience, Roskey turns salvaged walnut and maple into exquisite tables, chests and soon-to-be heirlooms. 

 

Mercedes-Benz USA (MBUSA) and the nonprofit Conservation Fund have joined forces to back Fern Studios with a $7,500 loan, intended to foster the company's vision for creating hand-crafted artisan furniture made from sustainably sourced American hardwoods.

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A green reform of the CAP is needed now! | BirdLife Community

A green reform of the CAP is needed now! | BirdLife Community | Financing Nature Conservation | Scoop.it
BirdLife Europe, in collaboration with the EEB (European Environmental Bureau), launched a video giving a series of indisputable arguments to green the CAP.
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Sacred Indigenous land granted permanent protection

Sacred Indigenous land granted permanent protection | Financing Nature Conservation | Scoop.it

The Hunter's indigenous Wonnarua nation has welcomed the region's first 'biobank' site near Singleton, which gives a culturally significant piece of land permanent protection from development. - a glimpse at future uses of conservation finance?


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Windfall of cash could hit state treasury from global warming program - San Jose Mercury News

Windfall of cash could hit state treasury from global warming program - San Jose Mercury News | Financing Nature Conservation | Scoop.it

For the past 10 years, California has struggled with huge budget deficits and wrenching cuts. Suddenly, however, the state is poised to raise billions from an unusual new source: the proceeds from its landmark global warming law.


The windfall could come as soon as this fall, when state officials are set to begin auctioning off pollution credits to oil refineries, power plants and other major polluters as part of a new "cap-and-trade" system.


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CI at 25: Thinking — and Funding — Outside the Box

CI at 25: Thinking — and Funding — Outside the Box | Financing Nature Conservation | Scoop.it
Nature, like everything it provides us, is invaluable — but protecting it isn’t free. Choosing conservation over exploitation presents a real opportunity cost, and protecting, restoring and maintaining healthy ecosystems require significant manpower and resources. But since we all rely on a healthy planet for our well-being, there’s no greater investment we can make.
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Natural Value Initiative shortlisted for Guardian Sustainable Business Award | Fauna & Flora International

Natural Value Initiative shortlisted for Guardian Sustainable Business Award | Fauna & Flora International | Financing Nature Conservation | Scoop.it

Fauna & Flora International is pleased to announce that The Natural Value Initiative (NVI) has been shortlisted for the biodiversity category in the 2012 Guardian Sustainable Business Awards.  Now in their second year, these awards recognise pioneering initiatives that are driving real change in the way businesses tackle sustainability.

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CFA - Conservation Finance Alliance

CFA - Conservation Finance Alliance | Financing Nature Conservation | Scoop.it

The CFA Environmental Funds Working Group held its monthly meeting last March 7th. Scott Lampman, director of the Tropical Forest Conservation Act Secretariat and co-chair of the CFA EFWG, presented his thoughts on the closing stages of an EF’s life cycle.

 

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REDD in the news: 4-10 June 2012

REDD in the news: 4-10 June 2012 | Financing Nature Conservation | Scoop.it
A round up of the week’s news on REDD, in chronological order with short extracts (click on the title for the full article). REDD-Monitor’s news page (REDD in the news) is updated regularly.
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Scientists Fuel Future Research With Crowdfunding

Scientists Fuel Future Research With Crowdfunding | Financing Nature Conservation | Scoop.it
Modern technology has enabled anyone with an internet connection to communicate to people all over the world and access virtually limitless information.  One such creative innovation, crowdfunding, a relatively new phenomenon that uses the Internet to source funding from anyone who believes in the cause.
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Endangered-species truce faces big test from little sand dunes lizard

Endangered-species truce faces big test from little sand dunes lizard | Financing Nature Conservation | Scoop.it
Year-long cease-fire between those on both sides of the Endangered Species Act is in jeopardy.
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Call for proposal Zoo Boise Conservation Fund

Deadline- June 30, 2012 Zoo Boise is expanding its focus towards conservation - from not only caring for the animals within zoo grounds, but towards helping animals in their natural environments.  This is in response to the growing extinction crisis...
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Climate Investment Funds Monitor 5 (Bretton Woods Project)

Climate Investment Funds Monitor 5 (Bretton Woods Project) | Financing Nature Conservation | Scoop.it
The World Bank-housed CIFs are financing instruments designed to pilot low-carbon and climate-resilient development through the multilateral development banks (MDBs). They are comprised of two trust funds – the CTF and the SCF. The SCF is an overarching fund aimed at piloting new development approaches. It consists of three targeted programmes: PPCR, FIP and SREP. So far donors have pledged $4.3 billion to the CTF and $1.9 billion to the SCF. This edition of the CIFs Monitor outlines recent developments at the CIFs and collates ongoing concerns over their operation.
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Children & Nature Network Receives $100,000 Grant From Disney Worldwide Conservation Fund - Children & Nature Network (C&NN)

Children & Nature Network Receives $100,000 Grant From Disney Worldwide Conservation Fund - Children & Nature Network (C&NN) | Financing Nature Conservation | Scoop.it

The Children & Nature Network (C&NN) received a $100,000 grant last Friday from the Disney Worldwide Conservation Fund (DWCF) for its work to protect nature and inspire lifelong conservation values. The award was presented during the Disney Kids and Nature Celebration, a three-day event held at Walt Disney World Resort which recognizes the importance of connecting kids to nature and the organizations leading this effort.

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Funbio presents compensation fund to EFWG

The CFA Environmental Funds Working Group held its monthly meeting last April 11th, 2012. Camila Monteiro, Communication and Network Coordinator, and Luiza Muccillo, Project Manager, presented the Funbio experience in managing compensation payments with the Fundo Mata Atlântica.

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Watershed period for climate finance – Innovative leadership required

Watershed period for climate finance – Innovative leadership required | Financing Nature Conservation | Scoop.it
The financing of climate action has entered a watershed period. Either the momentum in favour of a substantial global fund to support both mitigation and adaptation efforts internationally– encouraged by the establishment of the Green Climate Fund (GCF) at COP17 – will be sustained, or it will wither on the vine, suffocated by a lack of political will, inadequate institutional capacity and the inclement economic environment in developed countries...
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Lessons from Starbucks: Building a sustainable supply chain

Lessons from Starbucks: Building a sustainable supply chain | Financing Nature Conservation | Scoop.it
Eight years since the launch of its Coffee and Farmer Equity (C.A.F.E.) Practices commitment, Starbucks is ready to share some of the lessons its learned along the way to greener supply chains.
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TNC makes business case for water and green growth

TNC makes business case for water and green growth | Financing Nature Conservation | Scoop.it
The conversation about water has moved on and is now about the role natural resources play in providing smart, sustainable solutions...

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Business Fund Puts African Farmers on Road to Market

In Kenya, Rwanda and Burundi, a new approach to small-scale farming has spread to more than 100,000 families in just four years. Part of the Food for 9 Billi...

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An uncommon government program that really works

An uncommon government program that really works | Financing Nature Conservation | Scoop.it

As the days start getting warmer and longer, are you thinking about outings to that favorite local park, trail or ball field? You might want to thank the government.

Since Congress established it in 1965, the Land and Water Conservation Fund, or LWCF, has financed development and improvement of local recreation facilities in all 50 states.
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