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Green Infrastructure – Enhancing Europe’s Natural Capital

Green Infrastructure – Enhancing Europe’s Natural Capital | Financing Nature Conservation | Scoop.it

On Monday 6th May the European Commission launched a new strategy to encourage the deployment of green infrastructure. The strategy also revealed a clear policy signal to ensure that the enhancement of natural processes that provide multiple benefits, such as green infrastructure, becomes a systematic part of spatial planning. This is a key element of the implementation of the EU’s Biodiversity Strategy towards 2020.

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Pioneering investment to protect Pacific ecosystems presents new opportunity for donors

Pioneering investment to protect Pacific ecosystems presents new opportunity for donors | Financing Nature Conservation | Scoop.it

Conservationists and stakeholders in the Pacific region urge greater community engagement, government support, and new funding approaches to build on the strong results of Critical Ecosystem Partnership Fund (CEPF) program to ensure natural resources are secured for the benefit of people. 

Invasive species removal from critical habitats and the implementation of community based bio-security programs were among the positive biodiversity conservation results achieved in Polynesia-Micronesia through a $7 million, five-year investment from the CEPF.

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Putting a Human Face on Environmental Issues

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With Earth Day fast approaching, it’s a good time to think about what the environmental movement has achieved over the past year. Although there’s some good news, such as the massive rally against climate disruption held in February and Beyond Coal’s success in retiring almost 150 coal fired power plants, most of it is bad. Despite the movement’s best efforts, it has failed to win federal legislation on its top priority – climate disruption, there’s broad support for the Keystone XL pipeline, the boom in fracking continues largely unabated, and Americans are getting more complacent about the environment by the day.

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Ecosystem Services in High Andean Wetlands 

Ecosystem Services in High Andean Wetlands  | Financing Nature Conservation | Scoop.it

Ecosystem services provided by high Andean wetlands must be understood in order to ensure their conservation. Therefore, as part of the High Andean Wetlands Initiative, BirdLife International and its partners, have implemented participative exercises to prioritise those ecosystem services which would be most affected by an alteration in the conservation status of Important Bird Areas (IBAs) and Ramsar Sites within the initiative.

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New BSR Report "Private Uptake of Ecosystem Service Concepts and Frameworks"


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Nice. Table in back has 35 companies mentioning "ecosystem services" in public reports.
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Maybe we should pay something for that open space

Maybe we should pay something for that open space | Financing Nature Conservation | Scoop.it

We take so many of the West’s open spaces for granted -- the private ranches and agricultural lands that provide invaluable resources for us all – from clean air and water, wildlife habitat and crop pollination, to scenic vistas, hunting opportunities, and so much more. But landowners are rarely compensated for the far-reaching benefits they provide, and they face intense pressure to sell out their land for development.

 

Yet, finally, some landowners are starting to get reimbursed for what they’ve freely provided for decades. “With scarcity comes value,” says Story Clark, author of A Field Guide to Conservation Finance. “A lot of work is going into figuring out the cost of natural capital, (defined loosely as intact ecosystems), and what will be lost if we lose it. On the reverse side, we need to be able to pay for it to keep it.

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America's Gun-Buyers, Sportsmen Generate $882M for Wildlife Conservation in 2012

America's Gun-Buyers, Sportsmen Generate $882M for Wildlife Conservation in 2012 | Financing Nature Conservation | Scoop.it

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service says America's hunters, shooters, fishermen and boaters generated more than $882.4 million in excise tax revenues in 2012, up from the $749 million generated in 2011.

 

The money will be distributed to all 50 states and territories to fund fish and wildlife conservation and recreation projects across the nation, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced on Friday.

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Nature's Silent Currency | Conservancy Talk

Nature's Silent Currency | Conservancy Talk | Financing Nature Conservation | Scoop.it

Water is the silent currency that runs through the global economy. In a world of seven billion people – with three billion new consumers coming on stage by 2030 – and seventy trillion dollars of global production, vast amounts of water are needed to irrigate our crops, cool our power plants, supply our manufacturing, and support our cities.

 

Even though less than one percent of the world’s water is available freshwater, that is still, in principle, enough. However, it is only accessible for human use, if delivered where and when it is needed, at the right quality. Traditionally, we create access by relying only on hard infrastructure. We take water from nature – rivers, lakes, below ground – and store it in large basins, which capture floods and carry us through droughts, often delivering electricity in the process. We then transfer it via canals to fields, treat it and distribute it to homes, before collecting and sending it back again into nature.

 

Today, the global bill for this system is over half a trillion dollars a year.

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GEF seeks expert consultant for the analysis of its experience on CTF

GEF seeks expert consultant for the analysis of its experience on CTF | Financing Nature Conservation | Scoop.it

The GEF is recognized as a strong supporter of Conservation Trust Funds (CTF). The GEF completed an evaluation of its experience with CTF in 1999. This evaluation assessed the experience of 13 funds. Following this evaluation, the GEF developed an internal document, the “GEF finance for biodiversity conservation trust funds, a checklist”, aiming to provide clarification on the standard practices on the use of GEF finance for CTF. In 2008, the GEF undertook, with other partners, a Rapid Assessment on CTFs, including the GEF financed ones.

 

Today, the GEF is supporting more than 44 Conservation Trust Funds over the world. Considering the substantial number of projects, the long-standing experience and the different approaches supported; the capitalization of GEF experience will help to define its positioning in the coming years and to further develop strategy in the CTF development among the donor community.

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C&S Wholesale Grocers Renews Climate Commitment, Plants 46,000 Trees with The Conservation Fund’s Go Zero® Program

As the largest food wholesaler in the United States, C&S Wholesale Grocers is committed to reducing its carbon footprint when storing and shipping food—and that’s making a difference in the air, on the ground and in our streams and rivers. C&S is working with The Conservation Fund’s Go Zero® program to measure the CO2 emissions from key facilities, and then offset those emissions by planting trees—more than 46,000 so far across 150 acres.

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CEPF, in association with EWNHS, launches the Eastern Afromontane Hotspot Investment in Ethiopia

CEPF, in association with EWNHS, launches the Eastern Afromontane Hotspot Investment in Ethiopia | Financing Nature Conservation | Scoop.it

The Critical Ecosystem Partnership Fund (CEPF), which funds nongovernmental efforts to conserve the world’s most biodiverse and threatened ecosystems, has officially launched the Ethiopian component of its five year, $9.8 million investment plan in the Eastern Afromontane biodiversity hotspot.

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Fund offers renewed hope for habitats

Fund offers renewed hope for habitats | Financing Nature Conservation | Scoop.it
Fauna & Flora International has received a US$5 million grant from Arcadia to support its Halcyon Land & Sea fund, which is dedicated to protecting critical areas of natural habitat.
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Mining sites clearly provide basis for biodiversity promotion 

HeidelbergCement adopted ambitious corporate targets (4) to “deliver a prominent positive contribution to biodiversity” and “to establish a leadership position in the development of biodiversity at its mining and quarrying sites”.

 

Thanks to the results of this study HeidelbergCement will focus its biodiversity efforts even more effectively. Clear biodiversity goals have been identified, including sensitive areas and priority sites at European level. 10 priority countries have been identified where the Partnership can further develop and a project fund of 100,000 EUR has been established for 2013 to develop projects to further the efforts of HeidelbergCement towards biodiversity leadership. These projects will be jointly implemented by the country and local units of HeidelbergCement, together with national BirdLife partners.

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Dialogues on the Environment: Q&A with Stewart Brand

Dialogues on the Environment: Q&A with Stewart Brand | Financing Nature Conservation | Scoop.it
From valuing nature to bringing back extinct species… read Mark Tercek’s wide-ranging interview with writer, environmentalist and futurist Stewart Brand now.
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1st International Day of Forests celebrated in Ethiopia: “Forests: our Lives, our Future”

1st International Day of Forests celebrated in Ethiopia: “Forests: our Lives, our Future” | Financing Nature Conservation | Scoop.it

While the International Year of Forests had been observed in 2011, there was no globally-recognized date to raise awareness about sustainable forest management. In response, the UN General Assembly proclaimed 21 March the annual International Day of Forests. On the occasion of the 1st-ever celebration of the International Day of Forests (IDF), the Institute of Biodiversity Conservation in Ethiopia organized a workshop on 29 March 2013, in the highly biodiverse Bale region, Oromiya.

 

The IDF was celebrated in various ways. As an introduction, cultural dances and songs were performed by local people, and in particular by young environmental club members to celebrate the diverse and important values of forests, their importance in providing food, shelter, livelihoods and protecting against the effects of climate change.

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From the sands of the Sahara to the sands of CEMEX quarries 

From the sands of the Sahara to the sands of CEMEX quarries  | Financing Nature Conservation | Scoop.it

Sand Martins make an amazing journey every winter from the Sahara to the UK to breed in piles of sand. This year, every CEMEX UK quarry will be creating the sheer banks of sand that Sand Martins love to make their homes in. Sand Martins live in colonies, sometimes with over 100 pairs breeding on a single site.

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Launch of final component of the REDD+ Community Carbon Pools programme in Cambodia

Launch of final component of the REDD+ Community Carbon Pools programme in Cambodia | Financing Nature Conservation | Scoop.it

An inception workshop was held earlier this month in Siem Reap to launch the REDD+ Community Carbon Pools programme in Cambodia. The programme, which was initiated in June 2011, shares knowledge gained from the practical implementation of reduced emissions from deforestation and forest degradation (REDD+) projects in Indonesia, Vietnam , the Philippines and now Cambodia.

 

With funding from the European Union, the programme is specifically looking at the pooling of multiple community forests into groups to undertake REDD+ related activities. In doing so, the groups benefit from economies of scale, saving on certification costs. Grouping also allows communities to share experiences and to learn from one another.

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IUCN - Transboundary conservation in the Caucasus – is the time not yet ripe?

IUCN - Transboundary conservation in the Caucasus – is the time not yet ripe? | Financing Nature Conservation | Scoop.it

The call for increased and improved transboundary conservation in the Caucasus is loud and clear, says Svenja Fox of IUCN’s Caucasus Cooperation Centre. But are countries in the region ready to pull together to save nature and overcome political and cultural divisions?

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Bill McKibben's lessons for business in the age of climate change

Bill McKibben's lessons for business in the age of climate change | Financing Nature Conservation | Scoop.it

Perhaps one of the most well-known climate activists of our times, environmental writer Bill McKibben is on a mission to slow down the effect of greenhouse gases on the earth. Alongside his colleagues at the nongovernmental organization 350.org, McKibben has spearheaded a campaign calling upon communities, governments and universities all around the world to take action by divesting from fossil fuel companies.

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Conservation Trust Funds, Crowdfunding and Innovative Financial Mechanisms

Conservation Trust Funds, Crowdfunding and Innovative Financial Mechanisms | Financing Nature Conservation | Scoop.it

On March 12th, 43 CFA members came together in a physical and virtual presentation on the challenges and collaborative Initiatives of CTFs.

 

The presentation was moderated by Yoko Watanabe, from the GEF. Yoko commented on the importance and innovativeness of the about 60 CTFs around the globe. The GEF has supported 44 CTFs so far for grant making initiatives, as well as for the financial sustainability of Protected Areas management.

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Financial Scorecards for Protected Areas

Financial Scorecards for Protected Areas | Financing Nature Conservation | Scoop.it

The purpose of the UNDP Protected Area Financing Scorecard is to assist governments, donors and NGOs to investigate and record significant aspects of a protected area financing system - its accounts and its underlying structural foundations - to show both its current health and status and to indicate if the system is holistically moving towards an improved financial situation. The scorecard is designed for national systems of protected areas, but could be used by sub-national networks (e.g., state, regional or municipal). It applies equally to terrestrial and marine protected areas.

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RedLAC presents its approach to EFs Impact on Biodiversity Conservation in PAs

The CFA webinar held last February 20th was presented by Camila Monteiro (Funbio), Allen Putney (independent consultant) and Paquita Bath (Aligning Visions).

 

The presented methodology emerges from the work developed by the RedLAC Impact Monitoring Working Group, which debated the theme in 2012 with the support of experts and case study analysis.

 

The methodology was designed to consider relevant costs, aggregation and attribution issues and allows Funds to consider results in the PA, EF and RedLAC levels. Focused on biodiversity conservation in PAs, the methodology will be tested throughout 2013 by eight RedLAC EFs, each covernig one PA in their country.

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Species Revival: Should We Bring Back Extinct Animals?

Species Revival: Should We Bring Back Extinct Animals? | Financing Nature Conservation | Scoop.it
Scientists are debating whether we can truly bring back vanished species—and, if so, whether we should.
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13 Parks in 2013

13 Parks in 2013 | Financing Nature Conservation | Scoop.it

With new funding from the German government and generous grants from our individual and corporate donors, this year we will add two new parks to our programs in Armenia and Georgia and expand our pilot project in Azerbaijan. In total, CNF will be supporting 13 parks across the South Caucasus in 2013.

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Leading Companies Take Steps to Better Value Nature

Leading Companies Take Steps to Better Value Nature | Financing Nature Conservation | Scoop.it
A recent GreenBiz event highlighted progress in the realm of sustainable business.
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