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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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RedLAC Capacity Building Project - Workshops

RedLAC Capacity Building Project - Workshops | Financing Nature Conservation | Scoop.it
The RedLAC Capacity Building Project has the objective of strengthening EFs to develop innovative financial mechanisms for biodiversity conservation and to reduce their dependence on donations. It also aims at supporting the establishment of new EFs, by systematizing and sharing good practices. This project is based on nine workshops for EFs' staff and two call for proposals for innovative financial mechanisms pilot-projects.
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Costa Rica Leading the Way in Incentivizing Protection of Nature

Costa Rica Leading the Way in Incentivizing Protection of Nature | Financing Nature Conservation | Scoop.it

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. 

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Shell FuellingChange : Island Lake Community Trail

Shell FuellingChange : Island Lake Community Trail | Financing Nature Conservation | Scoop.it

Shell Canada's exciting new social investment program granting $1m each cycle to environmental projects that improve the state of Canada’s land, air, water.  Interesting online voting!

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Ecosystem Marketplace - Candidate Species Banking: Insights from a Pilot Initiative

Ecosystem Marketplace - Candidate Species Banking: Insights from a Pilot Initiative | Financing Nature Conservation | Scoop.it

Interesting new financing initiative aimed at private landowners who are managing their lands for the conservation of endangered species.


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Fauna & Flora International launches REDD+ Community Carbon Pools Programme in Vietnam

Fauna & Flora International launches REDD+ Community Carbon Pools Programme in Vietnam | Financing Nature Conservation | Scoop.it

In February 2012, Fauna & Flora International (FFI) officially launched its REDD+ Community Carbon Pools programme in Vietnam, which will look at the practical implementation of REDD+ (Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation).

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Saving Biodiversity: A $300 Billion-a-year Challenge: Scientific American

Saving Biodiversity: A $300 Billion-a-year Challenge: Scientific American | Financing Nature Conservation | Scoop.it

Saving biodiversity -- the vast and essential variety of the natural world -- will be expensive, at an estimated $300 billion a year for the next eight years. But losing it would cost even more, in terms of disease, hunger, poverty and diminished resilience to climate change, according to the new chief of the U.N. Convention on Biological Diversity.

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Fauna & Flora International receives huge boost from the Darwin Initiative

Fauna & Flora International receives huge boost from the Darwin Initiative | Financing Nature Conservation | Scoop.it

Five of FFI's projects have been awarded substantial funding from the UK Government’s Darwin Initiative. The grants will support conservation projects around the world that aim to protect threatened species and habitats, as well as the livelihoods of people who depend on them.  The Darwin Initiative, which celebrated its 20th anniversary last week, provides funding to help protect wildlife and ecosystems in countries that are rich in biodiversity but poor in financial resources.

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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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European Outdoor Conservation Association | Projects | Project Voting | Nature

European Outdoor Conservation Association | Projects | Project Voting | Nature | Financing Nature Conservation | Scoop.it

An interesting way of choosing a project to support.  The Nature category is supported by National Geographic Germany and this will be the second year they have supported the online voting process. 6 projects are competing for your votes in this category.

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Environment Bank and mission markets launch online conservation credit platform

Environment Bank and mission markets launch online conservation credit platform | Financing Nature Conservation | Scoop.it

The Environment Bank today launches the first online ‘conservation credit’ trading platform.  The online Conservation credits Exchange will allow conservation groups, farmers and landowners to register their wildlife sites so as to provide ‘conservation credits’; these credits will then be available to developers for purchase to offset their impacts on biodiversity – putting a transferable value on biodiversity loss and establishing private sector funding for the long-term management of conservation sites.


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Call for Proposals: Production Grants to Individuals | Documentary Photography Project

The Open Society Foundations announce a grant and training opportunity for documentary photographers from Central Asia, the South Caucasus, Afghanistan, Mongolia, and Pakistan.

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Conservation International Makes $3 Million Pledge to the Micronesia Challenge

At the annual meeting of the CEOs of Micronesia, Conservation International (CI) confirmed its $3 million (US) pledge to support the Micronesia Challenge, and provided $350,000 to the Republic of the Marshall Islands as the first stage of a six-year investment aimed at strengthening protected area networks in Micronesia.

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CFA presents a side event at the IUCN World Conservation Congress

CFA presents a side event at the IUCN World Conservation Congress | Financing Nature Conservation | Scoop.it

The Conservation Finance Alliance will present the workshop entitled “Conservation Finance: gaps, comparative analysis and alternatives in a dynamic debate” at the IUCN World Conservation Congress, Jeju 2012.

 

The workshop will focus on catalyzing global efforts for resource mobilization towards conservation, while presenting recently developed studies and products of the CFA and its partners, and promoting a dynamic and informed debate.

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Norway Gives $1.2 Million to Armenia Reforestation Project

Norway Gives $1.2 Million to Armenia Reforestation Project | Financing Nature Conservation | Scoop.it
The Armenia Tree Project's 18-year-long effort to reforest the Caucasus country with tree planting, environmental education, and sustainable development was rewarded this week with a $1.2 million grant from the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
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Partnership in Venezuela’s Caura Basin

Partnership in Venezuela’s Caura Basin | Financing Nature Conservation | Scoop.it

Conservation International and Givaudan, the world’s leading fragrance and flavor company, have recently expanded their partnership for a further three years to support a conservation agreement project in Venezuela’s portion of the Guyana shield. This project focuses on work with communities and Phynatura, a local NGO, to protect natural habitat while improving the supply of non-timber forest products (NTFPs) such as tonka beans and copaiba oil.

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