As global economic and environmental struggles continue to make headlines, perhaps the world should look toward Costa Rica for answers. In the last 25 years, the country has tripled its GDP while doubling the size of its forests; it has also pledged to become the world’s first carbon-neutral nation by 2021.
Ecuador is proposing to not drill for an estimated 850 million barrels of oil in the Yasuni National Park if the international community pledges $3.6 billion to a United Nations Development Fund (UNDF). The Yasuni-ITT Initiative would preserve arguably the most biodiverse region on Earth from oil exploitation, safeguard indigenous populations, and keep an estimated 410 million tons of CO2 out of the atmosphere.
During December, representatives of the Rewilding Europe enterprise team have visited the Eastern Carpathians, Southern Carpathians and Western Iberia project sites. Enterprise development within Rewilding Europe remains at a very early planning stage, however some clear conservation business development and financing possibilities are emerging.
Washington, DC - 50 mayors across the country urged President Obama this week to support federal funding of urban parks and green space as a strategy for creating jobs and driving economic development.
The Forest Investment Program and REDD: update from the Bretton Woods Project. By Chris ... They are comprised of two trust funds – the Clean Technology Fund (CTF) and the Strategic Climate Fund (SCF).
He also underscored the importance of scaling up climate finance, urging the launch at Durban of the Green Climate Fund. He underlined that the Fund must not be an “empty shell,” but that governments must provide the ...
On Friday, 16 September 2011, HeidelbergCement and the internationally recognised nature conservation organisation BirdLife International have signed a co-operation agreement. The primary goal of this partnership is to further improve the protection of biodiversity at quarrying sites
Stuart Bray, a City of London financier turned environmentalist, is using his fortune and skills to develop novel ways to fund conservation, starting with teaching tigers to hunt in the South African bush.
Rwanda has become the newest winner of the prestigious future policy award 2011 (IPS) “‘Rwanda has sought not only to make its forests a national priority, but has also used them as a platform to revolutionise its stances on women’s rights and...
Nature may not send us a bill, but its essential services have real and lasting value. This study by CI marks the first global estimation of biodiversity benefits and ecosystem service flows from habitats to humans. And the results are surprising.
After decades of depending on bauxite, timber and gold for revenue, Guyana proposed five years ago that wealthy foreigners pay it to protect its tropical South American rainforests. The idea was hailed as an innovative way to spur economic development while helping prevent destruction of rainforests like the Iwokrama reserve - home to thousands of species of trees, a broad array of orchids and wildlife from caimans to rare tropical birds.
On-the-ground efforts to save the tiger have been given a major boostfrom SOS (Save Our Species) — a global conservation fund implemented by IUCN, the World Bank and GEF (Global Environment Facility) — the project will improve enforcement...
While supporting the extension of Kyoto Protocol, Britain says it won’t be good for the European Union (EU) to sign up for a second commitment to the only legally binding agreement on emission cuts if the US and other major economies do not follow suit.
"Guide to Conservation Finance" was developed by the World Wildlife Fund (WWF), to provide comprehensive information about the conservation financing mechanisms that are being implemented across the world.
Conservation International (CI) announced today that it has entered into a partnership with the Althelia Climate Fund (ACF), a newly formed investment fund that will focus on sustainable land use, ecosystem services and forest carbon assets generated by projects that reduce emissions from deforestation and forest degradation (REDD+).
Before getting all excited about using REDD funds for conservation, read this recent letter in Conservation Letters, Risky business: an uncertain future for biodiversity conservation finance through REDD+ Jacob Phelps, Edward L.
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