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...
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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...
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.
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.
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.
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...