Conservation Finance Roundtable

Looking forward to discussing the design and application of conservation finance models for a low carbon future at this upcoming Roundtable

Promise and Peril: Design and Application of Conservation Finance Models to Biodiversity Conservation, Human Well-being and Sustainability

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This will include a public event this Sunday evening

Financing a Sustainable Future

7:00pm
Joseph & Rosalie Segal Centre, SFU Harbour Centre

Please join us for an evening gathering of conservation finance and investment communities in Vancouver—together with academics, NGOs, and citizens interested in sustainable finance and conservation investment opportunities. The evening will feature three speakers delivering 15 min talks highlighting regional and international examples of impact investments that support biodiversity conservation and human well-being. Talks will be followed by a panel discussion with questions from the audience. You will have the opportunity to visit with presenters, regional groups engaged in conservation finance, and guests during a no-host social.

Schedule:

7:00 – Welcome – Peter Arcese, UBC
7:05 – Conservation Finance, Private Capital, and Sustainability: Using the Tools of Finance for Conservation – John Tobin, Cornell
7:20 – From Tree Planting to Economic Development with Smallholder Farmers- Kahlil Baker, Taking Root
7:35 – Perspectives on ten years of conservation financing in the Great Bear Rainforest – Brodie Guy, Coast Funds
7:50 – Financing Fisheries’ Sustainability – Opportunities and Challenges: Kelly Wachowicz, Catch Invest
8:05  – Panel Discussion
8:20 – 9:00 No host social (via Habour Centre Staff)

Peter Wall Institute International Research Roundtable

This roundtable will explore current initiatives and strategies needed to successfully scale-up conservation finance. A comprehensive understanding of barriers and benefits to private sector conservation finance requires engaging researchers from multiple disciplines, jurisdictions and perspectives.  Despite much evidence that private investment has the potential to transform biodiversity conservation and support sustainable livelihoods, many aspects of this emerging field remain poorly understood.

This roundtable will engage thought-leaders in ecology, finance, policy, law, and social sciences to identify knowledge gaps, overcome existing hurdles and potential pitfalls. For example, it remains unclear how the outcomes of conservation projects should be articulated; i.e., at what point is re-claimed land ‘restored’? A lack of a common framework for monitoring and evaluating such projects points out a critical need to ensure accountability and transparency. It is also unclear at what scale projects must be implemented to deliver sustainable environmental, social and financial outcomes. Likewise, how can accountability frameworks assure investors that projects avoid negative outcomes or externalities sometimes associated with protectionist approaches to land conservation, such as by creating parks that dispossess Indigenous people of land or natural capital. Strategies to minimize costs and overcome hurdles linked to transaction size, market volatility, and risk mitigation are also needed to scale up conservation investment.

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